Seared Cod with Grapefruit Fennel Slaw for #SundaySupper

by Renee on March 31, 2013

Seared Cod with Grapefruit Fennel Slaw | Magnolia Days

Citrus and seafood go together like peanut butter and chocolate. It’s a magical combination in the food world. One enhances the other and brings out the best in both. Chocolate on its own is lovely. Add peanut butter and it’s divine. Citrus gives a certain freshness to seafood no matter how it is prepared. One of my favorite combinations is seared cod with grapefruit fennel slaw. I’ve made it often during grapefruit season. Sometimes I switch out the fish to halibut depending on availability.

I discovered this dish years ago. If you have been following along my blog, you may remember how my husband and I have very different tastes in seafood (not counting shellfish). He only wants it battered and fried. I want it every way except that. I’ll take it raw (sushi/sashimi), steamed, seared, broiled, grilled, and roasted. Back when he worked evening shifts is when I cooked more seafood for myself. Seared cod with grapefruit fennel slaw was one of my go-to meals. I like the slaw so much I would eat the leftovers with sandwiches or as a side.

One thing is learned to do is segmenting a grapefruit. I’m not fond of the chewy membranes and I don’t think many people like them either. It is why most people cut a grapefruit in half and dig out the pulp. To segment, cut off the top and bottom, cut off the peel and pith, and then cut out the pulp close to the membrane. Handle the segments delicately because they will come apart easily. They will come apart in the slaw after it sits for a bit. It does not affect the flavor, it is only a visual change.

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Seared Cod with Grapefruit Fennel Slaw

30 minutes

Makes 4 servings

Seared Cod with Grapefruit Fennel Slaw

    For the grapefruit fennel slaw:
  • 1 large grapefruit
  • 1/4 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated grapefruit zest
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 1/4 cup pitted Greek olives, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • For the seared cod:
  • 1 tablespoon light cooking oil
  • 4 pieces cod, 6 ounces each with skin and bones removed
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper
  • Fennel fronds for garnish
For the grapefruit fennel slaw:

Zest the grapefruit first and add the zest to a large bowl.

Cut off top, bottom and the outside peel and pith from the grapefruit. Over a small bowl, use a knife to cut out the segments. Cut as close to the membranes as possible. Lift out the segments and place on a plate. When finished squeeze all the juice from what is left of the grapefruit.

Cut the fennel bulb in half. Cut out the hard core in the center. Thinly slice the fennel using a mandoline or as thinly as possible with a knife. (Possible alternative to slice/shred with a food processor). Place the fennel slices in the large bowl with the zest.

Add the grapefruit juice, olives, parsley, salt, and pepper flakes to the bowl and stir to combine. Add the olive oil and stir to combine. Add the grapefruit segments and gently stir to combine.

For the seared cod:

Place a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and heat until almost smoking. Season the cod with salt and pepper. Add the cod to the pan and cook for 2 to 4 minutes per side, depending on thickness. The cod should be lightly browned and will flake easily.

To serve:

Divide the slaw onto 4 plates. Top with the cod. Garnish with fennel fronds. Serve immediately.

Notes

The grapefruit segments will come apart the longer the slaw sets or if stirred too much.

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Recipe adapted from one by Giada De Laurentiis on the Food Network website.

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The Ninja Baker March 31, 2013 at 3:54 am

Your grapefruit fennel slaw recipe and photo looks so good! What a brilliant invention. And, yes, you are right. Citrus is the perfect compliment to fish.

P.s. Happy to show you the best sushi places in LA =)

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Thanks Kim and I would love it if you would show me the best sushi place in LA if I ever get out that way.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen March 31, 2013 at 8:22 am

It always amazes me how I can find a fish dish so inviting, when I don´t eat fish. It must be your pic Renee! I love that slaw, amazing flavors! Have a great day.

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm

You should try the slaw anyway. It is a nice side dish for a lot of things.

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Jen @JuanitasCocina March 31, 2013 at 8:39 am

You know, I never think of making cod, but I love it. I love how fresh this must be!

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Thanks Jen and I think it’s about time you cooked some cod…

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal March 31, 2013 at 8:54 am

Oh I love grapefruit. In the winter it is my go to breakfast. This slaw sounds amazing.

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Thanks Lane. You are lucky to have fresh-picked grapefruit so plentiful around you in Florida. I wish it was that way here in Georgia.

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Heather @girlichef March 31, 2013 at 9:50 am

I think I could eat fish in any form imaginable…and I definitely want to try this dish. The slaw sounds like it compliments the cod perfectly. Delicious!

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Thanks Heather. Try the slaw with halibut too. It does compliment the fish really well.

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Sherron@SimplyGourmet March 31, 2013 at 10:33 am

WOW..a real show stopper! I have never used fennel and this slaw has inspired me to try something new. I love the use of the grapefruit too.

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Thank Sherron!

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Katy March 31, 2013 at 10:49 am

I wouldn’t have thought of grapefruit, but I really should try it more. This dish sounds so fresh and delicious!

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Thanks Katy! I really like grapefruit over the rest of the citrus fruits. I had to share my favorite dish with it for this event.

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Bea March 31, 2013 at 11:01 am

I love fennel, and citrus plus I need to incorporate more fish into our diet. This is the perfect dish!!! Thank you :)

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Thanks Bea!

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Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) March 31, 2013 at 11:12 am

Gorgeous dish, Renee! I’ll bring dessert if you make this for me! :-)
Happy Easter!

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Sure Karen! Sounds like a good plan to me.

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Liz March 31, 2013 at 11:25 am

I’m with you on how I like to eat my seafood! Your fennel slaw sounds terrific…and perfect with the seared cod!

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Thanks Liz!

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Susan March 31, 2013 at 11:52 am

The slaw sounds so lovely with the cod! I always love new fish recipes.

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Thanks Susan. It goes wonderfully with halibut too.

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Soni March 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I love seafood and could enjoy it everyday if I could :) Your slaw sounds perfect with the cod!Love the fennel citrus combo!

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Thank you Soni! Nice to see another seafood lover like me.

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Amanda @ Marocmama March 31, 2013 at 12:26 pm

This looks like a really light meal – but one that would leave you licking the plate!

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Thanks Amanda!

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Carla March 31, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I usually don’t cook fish fillets too often (the place that sells fresh seafood is a 40 minute trip over the mountain, which means I rarely go, which means I don’t want to buy fish and store in the freezer which is now broken…), but if I do get a piece of fish and can cook it that night or the next day, I know I’ll have to try this cod!

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

It’s a drive for me to get fresh fish too. At least recently a store opened that is somewhat closer. I wish the grocery store by my house had a better selection.

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Anne @ Webicurean March 31, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Citrus and seafood create the perfect marriage! Speaking of which, my husband too only eats shrimp and stuff like that if it’s fried. Silly guys.

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:48 pm

What is it with those silly guys? Maybe one day they will come around.

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Jaime March 31, 2013 at 1:42 pm

I love the recipe for the grapefruit fennel slaw!! I have some fennel in the fridge and now wished I had grapefruit and olives too.

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Thanks Jaime!

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Laura | Small Wallet, Big Appetite March 31, 2013 at 2:02 pm

How have I not done grapefruit with seafood before? This looks incredible

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm

I don’t know Laura, but there is always a first time.

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Conni @FoodieArmyWife March 31, 2013 at 2:53 pm

My hubby and I have the same disagreement about seafood – but I don’t mind eating it fried – I just won’t fry it. HE has to do it, preferably outside! LOL

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Now that’s a good thing if he fries the fish outside. I’ll have to do that if I ever fry fish for my husband. Glad I have a side burner on my grill. I could grill mine and fry his at the same time.

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Sarah March 31, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I love cod, too bad I hate grapefruit and fennel! It’s definitely adaptable though :-)

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Lyn @LovelyPantry March 31, 2013 at 6:20 pm

What a refreshing dish! I’ve never seen grapefruit used in this way. I must say, it looks veeeery interesting! Grapefruit + fennel!

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Thanks Lyn! I wondered about grapefruit and fennel before I made it for the first time. One taste and I knew it was an awesome combo.

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Katie March 31, 2013 at 6:31 pm

What an absolutely beautiful plate of food! I have never thought to try grapefruit with a savory dish like this…but you have me convinced…the grapefruit fennel slaw sounds amazing!

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Thanks Katie! The slaw is really amazing to me. I could eat it any day.

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom March 31, 2013 at 6:32 pm

yummmm! Renee, I love a good cod recipe! Can’t wait to try this one! Delicious!

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Thanks Alice!

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Kim Bee March 31, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Oh my gosh Renee, I’ll be right over. This is fabulous. Happy Easter!

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Come on over Kim! It will be ready when you get here.

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Family Foodie March 31, 2013 at 10:23 pm

I love cod and love that I know have a new recipe to try. What a great idea to use the combination of grapefruit and fennel.

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Thanks Isabel!

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Stacy April 1, 2013 at 5:06 am

My husband loves all seafood but he is not a fan of grapefruit so I am putting this on my list of things to make next time he travels. I can just imagine the flavor mix of grapefruit and fennel and I know I will love it! Especially with some seared cod.

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Renee April 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm

There are a lot of people who are not a fan of grapefruit. A possibility is to substitute orange but I haven’t tried it yet.

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Diana @GourmetDrizzles April 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I love the blending of grapefruit with the fennel, and olives- fantastic! Sounds like a perfect meal, and so pretty! Thanks for sharing ;-)

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Renee April 2, 2013 at 9:00 am

Thanks Diana!

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked April 1, 2013 at 2:33 pm

The Husband and I love fish, no matter how it’s made. This sounds lovely, Renee, the perfect light, fresh, vibrant spring-time dinner. Thanks for the tips on segmenting grapefruit – I’ve got one sitting in the fridge just waiting for me to eat :)

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Renee April 2, 2013 at 8:59 am

Thanks Nancy! Good for you that your husband like seafood the same as you. It must make it easy when you are craving fish and can make it however you want and it’s for the both of you.

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Tammi @ Momma's Meals April 1, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I don’t eat fish but I bet that slaw would be great with anything!! I have to try it! Thanks for sharing!

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Renee April 2, 2013 at 8:58 am

The slaw is a nice side and would go with a lot of things (pork, chicken, etc).

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Sarah April 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I will take seafood anyway you give it to me! I love it raw, steamed, grilled broiled and DEEP FRIED! I love a good fish and chips. Yummy! But this looks so much better! I bet that slaw makes an amazing combo with the cod. Lots and lots of olives for me please!

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Renee April 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Thanks Sarah! I’m the same with the olives. I actually have a few extra to add to it when I eating this dish.

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Sunithi April 5, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Love that slaw and it must go so well with that cod ! Delish. I often bake Bass. Next time I can try pairing with this slaw ! love grapefruit too !

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Renee April 6, 2013 at 10:37 am

I love bass too. The slaw should be nice with it also.

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