A Daily Dinner: Butter-Poached Cod

Butter Poached Cod with Herb Salad

Yesterday, as you might already know, would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday. We’ve written about Julia before and I have fond memories of watching her show along with my grandmother when I was a child, so it only seemed fitting to cook a meal that Julia would have eaten.

You know what that means. Butter. And lots of it.

Butters, herbs, and cod

Of course, all chefs like butter so it wasn’t hard to find a recipe that seemed fitting. Luckily for us, our friends Max and Eli just released their second cookbook, This is a Cookbook: Recipes for Real Life, and I was excited to give one of their recipes a try.

Their butter-poached cod (poached in a full pound of butter!) with herb salad was a perfect homage, and like all of the recipes in their book, it was incredibly easy. After poaching the beautiful cod fillets in a huge block of melted butter for about 15 minutes, we served them with a light herb salad of tarragon, mint and Italian parsley, dressed in lemon and oil.

Carrots with Poached Fish

I had picked up some carrots earlier in the day, so I broke out my copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking to find a recipe for them. Julia’s carottes glacées—carrots slowly boiled with butter and sugar—were so tender and decadent that they almost seemed like dessert. I have to admit that Ryan and I fought over who got the eat the last one!

I hope that Julia would have been proud of our meal honoring her—fresh food, classical (but simple) technique, and big flavor. That’s what it’s all about, right?

- Laura

P.S. We might be a little biased, but we can’t recommend Max and Eli’s book enough. Targeted at 20-somethings who might order take-out in lieu of cooking, it is full of easy recipes and techniques that anyone can learn. You can pre-order it on Amazon, or if you can’t wait, Williams-Sonoma has the books available now both in store and on-line.


  1. emilia_pena
    Aug 16, 2012 @ 15:48:17

    Can you please post the exact recipe for the Butter-Poached Cod?


    • Smith & Ratliff
      Aug 16, 2012 @ 15:49:54

      Hi Emilia, this recipe (along with tons of tasty others!) is in our friend’s book that I linked to above, so I’d definitely encourage you to check it out at a Williams-Sonoma store or pre-order it from Amazon. -LR


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