Cod Baked in Foil with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Published March 1, 2009. From Cook's Illustrated.

Why this recipe works:

For a foil-baked fish recipe with flaky fish and tender but firm vegetables flavored by the rich, aromatic goodness of their mingled juices, we chose mild haddock or cod over more assertive salmon or tuna, which can overpower vegetables. Placing the packets on the lower-middle rack of the oven… read more

For a foil-baked fish recipe with flaky fish and tender but firm vegetables flavored by the rich, aromatic goodness of their mingled juices, we chose mild haddock or cod over more assertive salmon or tuna, which can overpower vegetables. Placing the packets on the lower-middle rack of the oven close to the heat source concentrated the exuded liquid and deepened its flavor. Vegetable selection was important (potatoes failed to cook evenly in the packets, and eggplant turned to mush), as was preparation (carrots and leeks could be added raw but fennel had to be wilted slightly in the microwave). Adding a final flavoring touch—a tomato and olive oil “salsa” or a compound butter—contributed to a full-flavored sauce that perfectly complemented the fish.

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Serves 4

Haddock, red snapper, halibut, and sea bass also work well in this recipe and those that follow as long as the fillets are 1 to 1¼ inches thick. The packets may be assembled several hours ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to cook. If the packets have been refrigerated for more than 30 minutes, increase the cooking time by 2 minutes. Open each packet promptly after baking to prevent overcooking.

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