Friday, December 28, 2007

Honey Baked Cod

I used to work of a Japanese company who often organised dinners for their customers after the sales presentation. They were trying to score points, in hoping to get the year's contact. We do this at least 3 times a year for 3 major customers and other smaller scale dinners with many other customers.

During those time, we work like there was no tomorrow and during the night before the presentation, we never when home to sleep. We only go home to bath and change and off we go. Yeah, I was a workaholic before I have kids. Once my boss asked me when we were working overtime, as usual, "What is your hobby?" Guess what? My hobby was the same as my boss' - WORK! *LOL* Luckily, it has now changed to WOK! *laughs*

Anyway, during those major dinners, I had to tag along because I liaise with the respective parties. But poor me and my other colleagues who helped out, did not eat with them (in the private room with all the yummy food). We ordered a few dishes (okay 4 to be exact) and ate in the restaurants and we must eat super fast just in case we were called to work. There were 2 dishes I had that I fell in love with. One of them was from Pine Court, a honey cod dish which I'm trying to replicate.

I dare not say it's the same (how can it be the same!) but ... well, it reminds me of the original and it's not too bad either. I added salad with sweet mustard dressing and the dressing goes well with the cod. So for those who doesn't like the taste of cod, it help covers it up.

  • 2 slice Cod (I prefer the tail. Ask the fishmonger to debone)
  • 6 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 5 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese Cooking Wine
  • 1 tablespoon Water
Sweet Mustard Dressing to be mixed well:
  • 2 tablespoon Honey Mustard (I use MasterFoods)
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
How to do it:
  1. Mix the marinade well.
  2. Pour over the the cod and marinate for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven at 160C.
  4. Lay your baking tray with foil or Glad baking paper (which is what I use).
  5. Grill the cod for 20 minutes skin-side down before turning over.
  6. Grill the other side for another 12 minutes or till fully cooked.
  7. Serve immediately with salad and dressing.
  • I would recommend you use Glad baking paper as it doesn't tear nor stick while baking. Foil may stick.
  • As this dish contain honey, be careful not to burn the cod. Adjust the temperature of your oven and the timing accordingly.
  • Adjust the sweetness of the dressing according to your taste.

  • Click HERE for printer-friendly version of an original recipe.


  1. It looks good but my boyfriend "THE MANAGER" would never buy me any expensive cod.

    So I am going to try to make it with ta block of the fake crabmeat You know spelled with a "K" that you can get at walmart). He LOVED the fake crabmeat when I fixed it for his family at christmas.

    Thanks for the idea.

  2. I think it looks great and since my husband, the Doctor, loves fresh cod, I am going to make your dish for him this weekend.

    For Christmas, the Doc bought me a new car (even had it gift-wrapped), a Garmin Nuvi 770, a $1000 gift certificate at Coldwater Creek, and a renewed three-year membership to Aventura Spa Palace in Cancun.

    You can bet that he will get all the great fish dishes that his kind heart desires.

  3. YUM! This looks so delicious. I'm going to have to check out your food blogs. I found your site when you posted on my husband's orchid blog.

  4. That looks very good,
    Exactly like the ones I see in the restaurant!

  5. I'm gonna have to try this sometime.. ;)

  6. You did a great job this makes me hungry!

  7. My husband loves to dress up in pointy shoes and flounce about in my old caftans.

    I made this recipe in the crockpot he gave me for Christmas (he was kidding about those other things). I cooked it on low for 8 hours so that he could eat it comfortably (no teeth, you see).

    It was superb.

  8. ChiffOnade,
    Bet your version taste great as well!

    Glad you guys like this dish.

    Thanks! Yes, I do remember visiting your hubby's blog. This photos there were very beautiful!

    Thanks for the compliments. :)

    Crunchasarus Rex,
    Hope you like it when you do try.

    Hahaha .... sorry. ;)

  9. simply yummy!! i think this cny i gotta stock up alot of cod and start all these fish recipe ;)

  10. Jazzmint,
    Haha ... I got a lot more fish recipes coming.

  11. Thank you for the recipe! I was looking for something that looked similar to what my mom makes for me when I'm home!

    Tasted great! God bless!

  12. Mysticfaith,
    You are welcome. This can never be compared to mum's cooking but hope it's close enough. :)

  13. Wow, look at that beautiful carmelization!

    I love cod, it's one of my favorite fishes. This looks delicious.

  14. Gaga,
    Thanks! It's my favourtie!
    Do try it.

  15. This looks so GOOD! Must try it... after CNY when fish not so EX.

  16. hi, is it dark or light soya sauce that you are referring to?