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Potato-Chip-Crusted Cod with Shallot-Tarragon Sauce

photo: Scott Phillips

Yield: 4

Crushed potato chips make a quick, crisp coating for fish, while the remoulade-style sauce makes the dish a standout.


  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil; more for the baking sheet
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped shallot
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 oz. potato chips, crushed so that no piece is larger than 1/4 inch
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 6-oz. cod fillets
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 610
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 390
  • Fat (g): 43
  • Saturated Fat (g): 8
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 17
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 17
  • Cholesterol (mg): 130
  • Sodium (mg): 520
  • Carbohydrates (g): 24
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Sugar (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 32


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat to 450°F.
  • Heat the butter and oil in a small pan over medium-high heat. Add the shallot and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring, until the shallot is brown and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the shallot to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  • In a small bowl, combine the shallot, mayonnaise, tarragon, mustard, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper.
  • In a shallow bowl or pie plate, combine the chips, garlic, and cayenne.
  • In a small bowl, beat the egg with 1 Tbs. water.
  • Very lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet with some oil. Place the cod skinned side down on the baking sheet and pat dry with paper towels. Brush each piece with some of the egg wash, then firmly press on the potato chips. Bake until the fish is cooked through and the potato chips are browned, 8 to 12 minutes.
  • Serve the fish with the sauce and lemon wedges.


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  • Lakecook1 | 06/03/2017

    We used parchment paper instead of oiling pan. Could use a little salt and pepper after patting fish dry. I would double cayenne.

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