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Five Pepper Cod With Mango Salsa

Lauren Blacker

During the summer I spend mostly every weekend on Cape Cod, relaxing on the beach and enjoying some of the freshest seafood around.

This kind of meal makes me think of those warm nights by the water with a glass of wine and great friends all around.

I chose Cod for this recipe because the meat is so light and flakey. Cod is so versatile that it can be paired with just about anything.

​The most important part of cooking fish is to season it just right, so you get the flavors you want, while still being able to "taste the sea."


The five pepper seasoning I chose for this recipe does just that, plus it goes well with my Mango Salsa.

After rubbing the fish with a combination of cayenne, sea salt, ground black pepper, paprika, chile and chipotle powder, I sear the fillet with a touch of olive oil to help crisp up the outside.

I then finish it off in the oven to let it cook to perfectly juicy, white and flakey perfection.

The mango salsa is wonderful with just about anything.

I often make a large batch of mango salsa and use it over salads, in sandwiches and with tortilla chips.

Fresh, healthy and delicious! Please let me know if you give this recipe a try.​


Five Pepper Cod with Mango Salsa
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Serves: 2
  • 1 lb Cod filet, cut into serving size pieces
  • 1 tsp each: chipotle, cayenne, chile, paprika, sea salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • Mango Salsa: (combine everything together)
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can sweet corn, rinsed and drained
  • 1 jalepeno, seeded and diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 large ripe mango, diced
  • juice of 2 limes
  • zest of 1 lime
  • about 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • to taste - add about 1 tsp chile powder, 1 tsp sugar, and some salt
  1. Preheat oven to 475
  2. Combine all spices and rub onto fish filets, covering both sides
  3. In a large heavy pan, heat oil until very hot, then add fish, searing both sides (about 2 minutes each side)
  4. Place the pan in the oven and continue cooking until fish is white and flakey (about 5-8 minutes depending on thickness. If you want a little more crisp, end the cooking process under the broiler on high for the last 3 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately with rice and mango salsa



  1. Trying this tonight using fresh Fluke filets! I already know it’ll be awesome, thanks!!


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