Balsamic Blackened Cod (low-amine, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, nut-free, paleo)

Balsamic blackened cod, plated with balsamic garlic butter reduction (photo)

Balsamic blackened cod plated with a balsamic garlic butter reduction (low-amine, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, low-fat, low-carb, paleo)

Blackened cod is delicious, and I usually do mine with a simple blackening seasoning. I wanted my fish to work with other flavors at the table, however, so went with a marinated cod instead. Rather than using a high amine food like balsamic vinegar, I opted to make my own balsamic vinegar substitute. So long as you use very fresh fish, this recipe is low in amines and delicious.

Balsamic Vinegar Substitute / Sauce:

1 C blueberry juice

2 tsp ascorbic acid

1 tsp molasses

4 tsp vodka

1 tsp lime juice

1/2 tsp finely minced fresh rosemary

1 Tbsp garlic, minced

2 Tbsp butter

Cod:

1 1/2 lb cod fillets

2 Tbsp finely minced parsley

1 Tbsp finely minced rosemary

1/2 C balsamic vinegar substitute

Salt & Pepper, to taste

  • Lay fillets flat in a pan. Rub parsley and 1 Tbsp rosemary into both sides of the fillet(s).
  • Heat blueberry sauce in a pan on high. Reduce to half, then add ascorbic acid, molasses, vodka, and lime juice. Mix until everything is dissolved.
  • Pour half the balsamic vinegar substitute over the top of the fish fillets. Set fish aside in the fridge to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Balsamic vinegar substitute and rosemary marinating into cod fillets (photo)

Balsamic vinegar substitute and rosemary marinating into cod fillets

  • With the remaining sauce, add butter and garlic. Cook over high heat until sauce thickens and reduces by almost half.
  • Pour sauce through fine-mesh strainer (I use a tea strainer) into a ramekin. Add minced rosemary. Stir well.
  • When cod is done marinating, heat a pan with a bit of oil in it on medium to medium high. Fry fish about two minutes each side (depending on thickness, of course), or until it has started to blacken. Flip over and sear other side.
  • Serve with balsamic rosemary sauce drizzled over the top and onto the plate. Garnish with a sprig of parsley or rosemary, if available.
AMINE BREAKDOWN:
Very Low Amine: blueberry juice (high in histamines, low in tyramines), ascorbic acid, rosemary, garlic, parsley, salt, black pepper
Low Amine: molasses, vodka, butter, cod
Very High Amine: lime juice
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