Cod and shrimps crockpot with vegetables and a creamy sauce, a dish made for entertaining, delicious!
This dish is made to look like a crockpot, but in reality, all the ingredients are cooked to the minute. The vegetables are cooked separately, and the cod and shrimps are quickly seared. It is a very refined dish, the sauce is delicious.
Here I made this recipe with the fish I had in the house, which was cod. Cod has a rather mild flavor and it was marvelous with the creamy sauce.
You could substitute cod by monkfish or hake or even a mix of both. You can also use any seafood you like if you are hosting a large party.
1 green cabbage
8 green asparagus
1 tomato, peeled, seeded, cut in small cubes
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tbsp. chopped parsley, separated
Optional: small potatoes, leek, carrots, etc.
1/3 cup (75 ml) fish or vegetable stock, hot
1 tsp corn starch
1 cup (240 ml) heavy cream
Salt and pepper to the taste
14 oz. (400 g.) cod fillet, boneless and skinned, cut in about 8 chunks
12 large raw shrimps, peeled and deveined
Salt and pepper
Into a crockpot, heat some olive oil on medium high
Cut the cabbage in 4, core it, then cut each quarter in half, try to get 8 slices of about 1 inch thick, if the slices are thicker, halve them or they won't cook in time, add into the crockpot together with the crushed garlic
Make a thin slurry by stirring the corn starch into the hot stock, pour into the crockpot and cover with a lid
After about 5 minutes, turn over the cabbage slices, add the asparagus cut in about 4 pieces, keep the spears for later use, add the tomato cubes, cover the crockpot and cook away for 5 more minutes
With a slotted spoon, remove the vegetables from the crockpot and set aside
Remove about 1/3 of the stock and set aside for later use, add the asparagus spears into this stock just to soften them
Reduce the remaining stock to 2/3 to thicken it a bit, then add the heavy cream to the stock, give it a boil, reduce the heat and let cook gently for about 5 more minutes (if your sauce were too thick at this point, just add 1 or 2 tbsp. of heavy cream)
Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste, add half the parsley, stir well and set aside into a gravy boat
Into a pan, melt a chunk of butter on medium high until bubbly and golden
Add the cod, sear for about 1 minute on each side, take out of the pan and set aside
Into the same pan, add the shrimps and sear quickly on both sides just until they become red
Reduce the heat to medium/low and put the cod back into the pan and cook for 1 more minute
Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste
Into the crockpot, re-heat the vegetables into the leftover stock for 1 minute
Add the cod and shrimps, distribute the asparagus spears
Drizzle with some of the sauce and sprinkle with the remaining parsley
Serve with the sauce into its sauce boat
To save time and avoid to forget something, when I make that kind of recipe, I prepare all the ingredients of all the preparations. I wash, peel, cut my vegs and set them aside into bowls, I prepare my fish stock, I check my fish for bones, I have all the ingredients and seasoning on my counter before starting the recipe. Then, I only need to follow the instructions.
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