With me wanting to get more fish in my diet I have been keeping an eye out for new dishes and not too long ago I came across this recipe for cod wrapped in crispy potatoes on Kalofagus which caught my eye. I liked the idea of fish wrapped in crispy potatoes, I mean you really cannot go wrong with crispy fried potatoes! In fact this dish immediately made me think about fish n chips where instead of being fish in a crispy deep fried batter with a side of fries you roll them into one to get the best of both worlds and it has the added bonus of being a bit healthier as well!
I very often like to use capers and lemon with fish and this dish has both covered by placing a lemony caper sauce in between the fish and the potato wrapping. Another flavour that I often like like to include with the capers and lemon is dill so I tweaked the recipe a bit by using a bunch of dill in the sauce.
Wrapping the fish in the layer of potatoes can by a little tricky but once you get the hang of it, it is pretty easy. First you need to slice the potatoes very thinly and a mandolin comes in really handy here. Next you need to cook the potatoes in oil until they soften up enough that you can bend them to wrap them around the fish. When you are ready to wrap the fish in the potatoes you want to lay the potatoes out on your working surface in such a way that they overlap each a bit on the sides and interlace on the ends.
Going through the trouble of wrapping the fish in the potato slices was definitely worth it as the final product is fantastic! The potato wrapping does get nice and crispy and when you bite through it you get hit by the amazingly fresh and tasty dill and caper sauce only then to finally hit soft and juicy inner fish layer. Since the local asparagus is still readily available I served the cod wrapped in crispy potatoes on a bed of asparagus and I fried up a few lemon slices as well. Feel free to serve some of the extra dill and caper sauce on the side to smother the asparagus in!
Cod Wrapped in Crispy Potatoes
Cod fillets brushed with a lemon, dill and caper sauce, fried in a wrapping of thinly sliced potatoes until golden brown and nice and crispy.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and sliced lengthwise, very thinly
- 1/4 cup dill and caper sauce – see below
- 2 (6 ounce) cod fillets, rinsed and pat dry
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
- Add the potato slices in batches, cook until tender, about 2 minutes, and set aside on paper towels.
- Place enough of the potato slices down on your work surface to cover the fish in an overlapping pattern.
- Spread one tablespoon of the dill and caper sauce over the middle of the potatoes where the fish will lie, top with the fish and another tablespoon of the dill and caper sauce.
- Fold the potato slices over to completely wrap the fish and inter-weave the ends.
- Wrap the fish in plastic and let chill in the fridge for an hour.
- Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
- Add the fish and cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.
Dill and Caper Sauce
A bright and tasty dill and caper sauce with a touch of lemon.
- 1/2 cup dill
- 1/2 cup parsley
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 tablespoons capers, drained
- 1/2 lemon, juice and zest
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- pepper to taste
- Puree everything in a food processor.
kevin this is a very hard dish to create; getting the potatoes sliced just right and wrapping them just right is very hard.
you did an excellent job on this. really.
this sounds so good and all I need are some dill and capers. I might make this tonight. thanks~
Yum, this fish dish looks fantastic! I've been trying to cook more fish lately, and this looks like just the recipe to try!
Terry C says
Kevin, When I saw this I was just stunned! It's gorgeous and sounds really tasty. I sometimes can't believe that your "meals used to be boring"!
Ray Butarbutar says
that looks gorgeous!
This looks amazing!!! I love the crispy potato combination with the fish…and the dill caper sauce looks wonderful!
Barefeet In The Kitchen says
This looks and sounds fantastic! I love it. If I get brave enough, I might even attempt it myself.
Healthy and Homemade says
Wow fantastic job! The potatoes must have been challenging. It turned out picture perfect.
Bestill my heart!
Saee Koranne-Khandekar says
OMG, that looks gorgeous! I love the brown color on the potatoes, and the texture of the sauce seems just right. Yum, yum, yum!
I think it would be simpler to boil the potatoes, add a little corn starch, mash it all up, and roll/beat out the wrappers from it; easier to seal too.
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
What a refined dish! I really like that crispy potato wrap. Wonderful.
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looks absolutely fantastic! Really!
At first I thought that wrapping was bacon which made me sad since I wouldn't be able to eat it…but NOPE. Potatoes?!?!? Craziness!
Morsels of Life says
This dish seems like it'd be hard to get perfectly, yet you seem to have done it again! I'm thinking of trying it this weekend – any hints?
YUM!!! This looks completely wonderful!
What a gorgeous dish. I think I might give it a go with sweet potatoes some time!
Peter M says
Glad you enjoyed and pulled-off the dish, Kevin…it's a little tricky but worth the effort. Cheers!
Oh wow, this is genius! Those potatoes must taste soooo good & crispy.
Mmmm, a delicious combination of some of my favorite foods. Only hope I can execute it as well as you did. Thanks for posting.
Looks soooooo delicious. Ahhhh. Mine would never look as pretty.
Inside a British Mum's Kitchen says
brilliant idea – wonderful flavors – could eat this everyday
This looks so tasty. YUM….!
This does sound like a really good recipe. I will have to try this one out with my family. I am sure even the teens will try it.
My husband absolutely refuses to eat fish (which is silly since he chose it for our wedding dinner), so is this something that I might be able to do with chicken? Like chicken tenders or maybe if I butterflied the chicken?
Twin Tables says
Seriously need to find a way to come over dinner. 🙂 Seattle is close, right?
Shannon C. says
printed – can't wait to try it!
Kiriel: The chicken would not have the light flaky nature that the white fish does but it would prbably taste as good! I would use a thinner cut of chicken.
Exploded Daniel says
I always loved the Inn Chef recipe where he uses an apple peeler to turn a potato into a strip and wraps it around chicken…but that is hella ridiculous. This is much better.
Gabby Gertel says
so you cook the fish while it's wrapped in the potatoes and sauce? I'm going to try to cook this on the weekend and I hope I'll be able to pull it off!
Gabby Gertel: Yes, the fish is cooked while in the potatoes and sauce. This way the potatoes get nice and crispy and golden brown.
glorious sandwiches says
I never never never never never would have come up with this on my own, but I will do my own take of this soon. Thanks!
Awesome recipe! I hacked it because I had no big potatoes, but I had parsley and wild-caught cod. I layered the ingredients in large ramekins, with potatoes top and bottom, brushing the top layer of potatoes with olive oil. I left out the dill because it's not in season and my family isn't as fond of it as I am. I baked them at 375 for about half an hour. They were pronounced fantastic by my family — total win! Thanks so much for the inspiration.
Valerie: Glad you enjoyed them! I like the sound of making them the way that you did in ramekins and I imagine that muffin tins would also work. Thanks!
OOO! This is something I will definitely try!
You know, your foodblog was the first I ever encountered and is what actually made me want to start my own.
Amazing post! As always!
Viridiana Ureña Ramírez says
When I saw it I fell in love with the dish and prepared it! the potatoes were so hard to make but managed to do something similar to you (not as pretty) I had such a hard time slicing and frying the potatoes but it was so delicious and it turned out so well that it was so worth it!!! great dish and excellent choice of ingredients for the sauce! my favorite definitely
Viridiana Ureña Ramírez: It can be a bit challenging to wrap the potatoes but it is definitely worth the effort!
Sundita Jerman says
Kevin, have you ever considered making short videos of some of your recipes? This one would be a great candidate. I can't even wrap my head around the idea of intertwining potatoes around the fish.
Also, your blog is FANTASTIC. Everything looks so lovely and delicious!
Sundita Jerman: Thanks! I'm glad that you have been enjoying my recipes! A video of this recipe is a great idea! I have been looking into videos!
Nice recipe, thanks
Oh my bejesus! This was incrediably good! I followed the recipe exactly. I did double the recipe for four servings. This is a fantastic dish to make for company. It makes a great presentation. The best way I found to slice the potatoes this thin and was with a mandolin. The Dill and Caper Sauce was spot on! We LOVED IT! We had asparagus twice in the past week so I served Honey Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts instead. Hubby raved about this dish!! Woo Hoo thank you Kevin! We will definitely keep this one! I'm sure it will be made often. /HUG
Kilyena: I'm glad you enjoyed it!
This was a bit of a tedious recipe but very tasty. I used fresh herbs from my garden and used the ramekin hack mentioned by another user. It came out perfectly cooked. I will certainly make this one again – the flavour was fantastic.
Kevin what a beautiful recipe!!! I’m going to make this and will post afterwards!!!! Can’t wait as ever dish I’ve made from Closet Cooking has been delicious! 😊