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Golden Zucchini Wrapped Cod over Garlic Cilantro Rice from EricasRecipes.com

Golden Zucchini Wrapped Cod over Garlic Cilantro Rice

Light and healthy cod, wrapped in beautiful golden zucchini from the farmer's market, served over fragrant and flavorful garlic and cilantro brown rice.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine healthy recipe, seafood
Servings 4


  • 1-1/5 to 1-3/4 lb cod cut into 4 filet portions
  • kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • ~1/4 cup light olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1 large golden zucchini or substitute traditional zucchini, sliced as thin as you can lengthwise (using a mandolin helps)
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • For the Garlic Cilantro Rice
  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic finely chopped
  • ½ c chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp kosher salt plus more to season to taste
  • ¼ to ½ tsp fresh cracked pepper to taste


  • Cook the brown rice according to package directions. ...or, for a fool-proof method, see my directions for Perfect Brown Rice.
  • While the rice is cooking, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a medium nonstick skillet on high heat. Add the onions and reduce heat to medium-high. Saute the onions gently until they are lightly browned. Add the garlic and continue to cook, until the onions are well browned. Watch the heat, reducing if necessary, so the garlic does not burn. Add to the rice once the rice is finished.
  • Heat the oven to 400F. Season the fish with salt and pepper. Schmere the fish lightly with the mayonnaise.
  • Heat a large skillet on high heat with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil (I used a cast iron skillete). Working in batches, add the zucchini slices to brown one side only and soften. Remove zucchini and let sit until cool enough to handle.
  • Wrap each piece of cod in zucchini, browned sides out from the fish. Dust the tops with Old Bay seasoning. Bake at 400F for 20 minutes, depending on the thickness of fish, until the cod flakes easily with a fork. Serve immediately over the Garlic Cilantro Rice. Yield: 4 servings.

Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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