Who says clam sauce only that for pasta? Not this buttery corn-studded dish cod. You might be aware we don’t ask you to season the sauce in this recipe. It’s intentional: All that clam liquid is lots salty.
- 1¼ lb. skinless cod fillet, cut into 4 pieces, patted dry
- Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- 4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 large shallot, finely chopped
- ⅓ cup dry white wine
- 12 littleneck clams, scrubbed
- 2 medium ears of corn, kernels cut from cobs (1–1¼ cups)
- 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- Lemon wedges (for serving)
- Season cod all over with salt and pepper. Sprinkle flour over a large plate and, working one at a time, press side of the fillet where skin used to be into flour to thoroughly coat. (Coating the cod with flour before cooking prevents the flaky fillets from tearing; any bits left in the pan will give body to the clam mixture.) Tap off excess and set on a platter, flour side up.
- When buying a big portion of cod or other skinless fish, you’ll often end up with the skinny tail end. Keep it from overcooking by folding the tail end underneath itself to create a piece that’s closer in thickness to the rest of the fillets. Then proceed to cook it as you would any other piece.
- Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large nonstick skillet with a tight-fitting lid over medium. Cook cod, floured side down, shaking skillet occasionally to prevent sticking, until flesh is opaque and starting to flake around the sides and underside is golden brown, 5–7 minutes. Carefully turn cod over and reduce heat to low. Cook until cooked all the way through (flesh should be completely opaque), about 2 minutes (thinner pieces may go more quickly). Place on a platter, golden side up; take care not to break up the delicate fillets.
- Turn the heat back up to medium, pour the remaining 2 Tbsp. oil into skillet, and cook shallot, stirring often, until tender and golden, about 2 minutes. Add wine; cook until almost completely evaporated, about 1 minute. Add clams and cover skillet. Cook until clams open, about 5 minutes (some clams might take a few minutes longer). Uncover skillet and transfer clams, discarding any that didn’t open, to platter with cod.
- Reduce heat to low and add corn and butter to skillet. Cook, stirring until butter is melted, the sauce is thick and glossy, and corn is tender about 3 minutes. Spoon corn mixture over fish and clams. Top with parsley; squeeze lemon wedges over.