Alaska’s waters are home to over 95 percent of Pacific halibut and over 70 percent of the black cod harvested in the United States; Alaska cod accounts for 99 percent of the cod harvested in the U.S. If you can’t find fresh Alaska seafood, frozen filets are a great option available year round at retailers nationwide and easy to thaw or cook directly from frozen form.
This recipe starts off with a simple tomato broth made of fresh garlic, onions, chicken broth, whole peeled tomatoes, chorizo, and parsley. Add in the mussels and while those cook, sear the Alaska cod, and you’re done! You’ll have a simply delicious, fresh, and flavorful dinner on the table in about 45 minutes.
If you’re looking to make a pescatarian dish omit the chorizo and substitute the chicken broth for vegetable stock!
For more information on Alaska seafood, visit: www.wildalaskaseafood.com.
Finely chop the yellow onion and chorizo, and mince the garlic. Add olive oil to a large pot over medium high heat and add onions, chorizo, and garlic. Cook garlic, chorizo, and onions, stirring occasionally until tender and chorizo is browned about 5-7 minutes. Season the chorizo, onion, and garlic mixture with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
Roughly chop the tomatoes from the two 28-ounce cans; add the liquid and chopped tomatoes to the pot and season with more salt and pepper. Add in chicken broth, stir, and bring to a boil. Reduce pot to low and let the tomato broth simmer for 25 minutes.
While the tomato broth is simmering, scrub and debeard the mussels. Discard any mussels that are already open or have broken shells.
When the tomato broth has 7 minutes left of cooking time, make the Alaska cod.
Once the tomato broth has simmered, and the fish fillets are done, add the mussels to the tomato broth and cook for about 3 minutes. Discard any mussels that have not opened.
Once mussels have cooked, stir in fresh parsley.
Season the Alaska cod with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and juice from ½ lemon. Add one tablespoon of olive oil to a sauté pan. Sear Alaska cod for 3-4 minutes on each side.
To plate: Divide tomato broth and mussels into six equal bowl; top each with a fillet of Alaska cod, garnish with extra parsley, and serve with garlic toast if desired.