A month or two ago, Hubs came home from work and had been gifted some fresh cod cheeks. I know I should have stopped and cooked them right then because they were so fresh, but I chickened out and threw them in the freezer. Cod cheeks aren’t code for something else, it’s literally the cheek of the codfish, what was once waste is now somewhat of a delicacy (or so I’m told).
My goal this month as a Pataks Mom was to once again step out of my comfort zone and try something new on the grill. Cod cheeks are definitely new to my grill, they are new to my mouth as well.
I found this recipe and instructional video for Steamed Fish Packets on the Pataks website, and since it also used cod, I was hopeful the flavours would work with my cod cheeks as well. I had read beforehand that the cheeks were almost like a cod/scallop hybrid in taste and texture.
Steamed Cod Cheek Parcels adapted from Pataks
- 1 lb cod cheeks
- 2 tbsp plain yogurt (I had lemon flavoured Greek yogurt, so I substituted it and left out the honey)
- 2 tsp Patak’s Mild Curry Paste
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp fresh coriander or dill (I used 1 tsp dried dill)
No more than half an hour before grilling time, combine the marinade ingredients and let the cheeks rest in the marinade (in the refrigerator). With the grill preheated to about 400 degrees, divide the cheeks into servings and wrap each serving in foil, seam side up. Allow to cook on the grill for about 15 minutes, or until the cheeks are done to your liking.
The cooked marinade was delicious and think I will use it again with chicken, but the sad fact is that cod cheeks are just too, well… coddy for my tastes. I can’t understand why I love fish/seafood chowder so much but just can’t get through it any other way. Chelsea thought it was cool that sometimes Mommy doesn’t like her dinner either though.
Even though the cod cheeks didn’t do it for me if you like fish, they might be right up your alley. I never regret trying new foods.
Disclosure: I am part of the Patak’s Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.