Alaska Cod Sliders with Cranberry Chutney is a healthy, festive appetizer, perfect for your holiday gatherings! The combination of grilled fish with a tart, savory homemade cranberry sauce makes for a perfect match.
This post is in partnership with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.
Remember the easy sheet pan halibut recipe I shared with you last month?
Well today, I’m sharing another super easy seafood recipe that would make a perfect accompaniment for your holiday gatherings.
Fish can be a great option for holiday entertaining, whether you’re looking for Thanksgiving or Christmas fish recipes. White fish, in particular, are great for holiday dishes because they are mild and easily blend in with other flavors. I’m looking forward to creating some new traditions this year, serving fish on our table.
Aside from salmon, I would say cod is the other fish I’m most familiar with cooking, as we love grilled cod recipes.
We are using Alaska cod in this recipe. Cod is a light white fish that has a very mild taste and cooks very quickly. I think it pairs nicely with so many things!
This is a popular question I get among clients and consumers. Fresh or frozen? Which is more healthful and sustainable?
The answer is either!
I used fresh cod fillets, but you can rest assure with frozen Alaska seafood as well, knowing that it is frozen just after leaving the water to ensure extreme freshness. This is one of the reasons we love buying Alaska seafood, as it is always wild and sustainable.
Alaska seafood is harvested seasonally and available year-round as fresh, frozen, smoked and canned and is very affordable.
After today, you’ll feel so much more confident making any cod fillet recipes, I promise!
Cooking with Alaska cod is similar to cooking with other whitefish, like halibut, sablefish, pollock, sole and rockfish. These fish species are great for every taste, budget and cooking technique.
Cod can be pan seared, grilled, or baked in the oven. I really enjoy grilled cod recipes, but since this is for holiday entertaining, it’s probably more likely that many of us will be making cod in our skillets or in the oven.
Pan seared cod recipes are my favorite because they’re so quick! You could bake them or grill them, but cod recipes in a skillet are ready in minutes.
Just take your cod fillets, and cut them into small square shapes to go on your sliders. Mine were about an inch thick. I seasoned them with salt, pepper, lemon juice and minced garlic.
Then, I added butter to the skillet and cooked for about 3 minutes on each side.
This is my go-to seasoning for healthy cod recipes, and you can add seasonings as you choose.
Once the cod fillets are cooked through, you’ll let them cool. While they are cooling, slather some greek yogurt on the buns, then layer on the cod.
Finally, layer on the cranberry chutney, and that’s really all you need to do for this cod fish cake recipe! I also like to top with sprouts for some more flavor and nutrition.
Need an easy cranberry chutney recipe? It’s not as hard as you may think and I’m going to walk you through it so you can add this recipe to your healthy holiday appetizers.
This sauce is very easy to make and comes together in about 20 minutes. I recommend mixing this before cooking the cod so it has a chance to sit and marinate while you’re making your cod fish cakes.
First, mix your cranberries, juice from the orange, water, onion, cinnamon and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
Slowly stir in the honey and sugar. Lower the heat to medium once they are dissolved and them simmer until you hear the berries pop.
You will continue to stir occasionally, until the mixture begins to thicken (it will get a little sticky).
This homemade cranberry sauce is also great as a dip on crackers or paired with cheese.
If desired, you can reduce the amount of sugar in the cranberry relish, but since cranberries are quite tart, I think the sugar is appropriate.
While Thanksgiving fish recipes may seem a little non-traditional, these are actually quite festive thanks to the homemade cranberry sauce we’re adding. The tart flavor of cranberries can actually be quite refreshing and pairs perfectly with all Thanksgiving leftovers.
These cod sliders are a healthy easy holiday appetizer that can be served on their own or paired up with some other foods for a full meal.
Here are some of my top suggestions:
The options are endless. I think christmas fish recipes are great because fish can really be dressed up any way to achieve flavor, and mesh pretty well with other flavors as well.
Be careful when turning the fish as they can be very fragile.
I hope you’ll give this recipe a try over the holidays and let me know how you like it!
Do you have any holiday food traditions?