Almond Crusted Cod with Orange Sauce

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This Almond Crusted Cod with Orange Sauce recipe and Spinach Salad with Orange Vinaigrette recipe is sponsored by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, but, of course, the words, opinions, images and recipes are 100% mine and Wesley’s.

Wesley and I are huge fans of seafood. We love it grilled, roasted, smoked, seared…you name it, we just love it. And as I have spent years working with recipes, either my own or from other cooks or chefs, I find the ones that are most satisfying are usually the simpler ones.

Almond Crusted Cod with Orange Sauce recipe


That’s why we couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with Nielsen-Massey in bringing you this Almond Crusted Cod with Orange Sauce recipe, as well as a lovely Spinach Salad with Orange Vinaigrette recipe.

We love the balance of tastes from the light almond-panko-Parmesan breading to the vibrant orange sauce. It just works. Combine it with this simple Spinach Salad with Orange Vinaigrette and a chilled glass of pinot grigio and you’ve got a sophisticated, yet very approachable dish that is sure to impress.

Almond Crusted Cod with Orange Sauce recipe


There is a lot to love about this family-run company that has been a leader in the industry since 1907. I first discovered them while shopping at an amazing French-inspired food market in Princeton, NJ, aptly named: Bon Appetit. Wesley and I were filming a segment for an upcoming “How to Feed a Loon” TV segment and as I perused the aisles between takes, I found their amazing collection of vanillas and flavorings. I spotted their Rose Water and immediately knew I had to get a bottle. I was developing a recipe for lavender ice cream and had a feeling rose water would be the perfect addition. I’m not always right in my hunches, but I was spot on with this one.

As I grew to learn more about the brand, and why their products were so superior, I discovered that they use as few ingredients as possible to create the highest-quality extracts and flavors. Love it.  And all of their products are all-natural, GMO-free, certified gluten-free, certified Kosher, and allergen-free.

And they have an unwavering commitment to sustainability and have taken a leadership role in improving the overall health of the vanilla industry, with a particular emphasis on improving economic prospects for the farmers who make the industry possible.

I could go on, but I think you get the point. Nielsen-Massey is top notch.  

Almond Crusted Cod with Orange Sauce recipe


So, you’ve heard me say many times to always go with fresh ingredients when possible. Fresh ingredients are always better than anything processed, or imitation. They give the dish a deeper flavor and are usually more nutritious. But there are some dishes when a little more intensity is required. And when an extract is produced in the manner that Nielsen-Massey develops their products, you can rest assured that they are using the freshest, best products on the planet.

I use their Organic Pure Orange Extract in both the sauce, as well as the vinaigrette for the salad. Orange juice is fine, but I needed a little more punch of orange in the two dishes, and this extract delivered perfectly.  This Almond Crusted Cod with Orange Sauce recipe and the Spinach Salad Recipe with Orange Vinaigrette recipe are perfect for this amazing extract.

This organic orange extract is made with rich and juicy oranges from Florida, and balanced with notes from sweet West Indies Orange Oil.  And as if that isn’t enough, Nielsen-Massy utilizes a proprietary process to gently extract the delicate flavor without losing any of the sweetness or richness of the original and delicious orange. It’s the perfect complement to my orange-infused beurre blanc sauce for the fish and a bright orange vinaigrette for the salad.

Almond Crusted Cod with Orange Sauce recipe


We’ve said it so many times, a dish is really only as good as the ingredients that you work with.  And this Almond Crusted Cod with Orange Sauce is no exception.  Let’s first talk about the fish.  Cod is such a nice flaky fish and doesn’t have a ‘fishy’ taste to it.

Grind your almonds in a food processor, and then combine with the panko bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese for the perfect breading.

But what really makes this dish sing is a simple beurre blanc recipe that consists of shallots, white wine and Champagne vinegar that has been reduced and then combined with butter and Nielsen-Massey Organic Pure Orange Extract. Divine.

The orange vinaigrette is so lovely in its simplicity. Go with quality olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey, and then let the organic orange extract bring the dressing to life.

The Almond Crusted Cod with Orange Sauce marries beautifully with the vibrant Spinach Salad with Orange Vinaigrette.

Almond Crusted Cod with Orange Sauce recipe

Nielsen-Massey’s product line includes five different varieties of vanilla, ranging from all-purpose to specific origin, as well as whole vanilla beans, pastes, powders, and sugars. In addition to their vanillas, Nielsen-Massey produces eight premium flavors and extracts. As mentioned, I absolutely love their Rose Water, but their Organic Fairtrade Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract is something to behold. Oh, it’s all just so good.

To learn more about Nielsen-Massey’s premium extracts and flavors, follow them on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and be sure to visit their website at for lots more recipes and inspiration!

A white plate with almond crusted cod and spinach next to a bowl of spinach and a patterned napkin.

Almond Crusted Cod with Orange Sauce

This Almond Crusted Cod with Orange Sauce recipe and this Spinach Salad with Orange Vinaigrette pair beautifully together. The vibrant taste of orange brings the salad and fish together in one harmonious taste sensation. This is such an elegant, yet comforting dish. And comes together in about 30 minutes!
5 from 13 votes
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Course: Seafood
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cod, Orange Extract, Organic, Spinach salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 280kcal



  • 10 oz / 283.5 g. baby spinach washed and dried
  • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Organic Pure Orange Extract
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fresh parmesan shaved


  • 2 lbs. / .91 kg. fresh cod cut into four 1/2-inch thick fillets
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup almonds sliced and processed in a food processor (should still have almond bits, don't pulverize)
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • Zest of one orange optional
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 tsp Champagne vinegar could also use white wine vinegar
  • 4 tsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Organic Pure Orange Extract



  • In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, add the orange extract, balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, salt and pepper and mix with a small whisk or fork.
  • Add the extra-virgin olive oil, attach the lid to the bottle, and shake vigorously for about 2 minutes, or until the dressing has emulsified. Set aside.


  • Lightly season the cod fillets with salt and pepper.
  • Set up a dredging station by adding the flour in one medium-size bowl, the eggs with 1 tablespoon of water, lightly blended, in another medium bowl, and then the almonds, breadcrumbs, Parmesan and a pinch of salt and pepper in a third medium bowl.
  • Coat each fillet first with the flour, shaking off excess, and then dipping into the egg bath, shaking off excess, and then coating with the almond mixture. Let fillets rest for about 5 minutes while you heat the oil.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until just starting to smoke.
  • Add the fillets and cook until golden brown on each side, about 2 minutes per side, or until fish is flaky. Carefully remove from skillet.


  • Meanwhile, in a medium-size sauce pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the shallots and zest (if using) and cook until soft, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the wine, vinegar and healthy pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until reduced to about half, approximately 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the butter and orange extract. Stir until butter has melted and is incorporated.


  • Toss the spinach with the dressing and place servings onto individual plates. Top with shaved Parmesan cheese.
  • Place a cooked fillet on each plate and spoon a couple tablespoon over the top.
  • Serve passing extra sauce on the side.


Calories: 280kcal
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  • 5 stars
    Wow, does this ever look like perfection? We love cod but my husband prefers it fried and I do not. I think this is a happy and delicious compromise. I too, love Nielsen-Massey extracts, and will have to get my hands on a bottle of the orange, I think it’s the only flavor I don’t have, and whip up this dish for the family. It truly looks incredible!

    • Hi Megan! Thank you thank you thank you!! We really do love this dish, and we love cod fried (fish and chips) and prepared like this. And if forced to choose, I didn’t think I’d ever choose anything over my beloved fish and chips, but this taste profile really can’t be beat. We hope you make this for the family, and when you do…please let us know what the gang thinks!! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    This just made my stomach growl…. At 8:00 a.m.! I’m always looking for delicious new fish recipes and cod is a fave, so I’m definitely making this ASAP!

    • Love a good 8am stomach growl! Get ’em all the time. Hope you can make this dish, we really, really do love it. Thanks so much! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I’ve always seen orange extract but never really knew what to use it for. This recipe is drool worthy and I’ll definitely need to make it ASAP. The almond crust on the cod is perfection and adds the perfect crunch!

  • 5 stars
    First of all, the fish looks absolutely marvelous. Love the combination of ingredients, and I’m always a big fan of citrus with fish. Secondly, it’s nice to read your thoughts and tips about using extracts. I rarely turn to them outside of baking, but I’m going to have to rethink that approach now. After all, there’s a whole lot of flavour packed into a small space, and that’s definitely a boon with certain kinds of cooking!

  • 5 stars
    This is just a gorgeous dinner, and I agree, the simpler the better. What a great use of the orange extract, and one that I hadn’t thought of, so I would love to try it! Neilsen-Massey makes such great stuff, and to use it in a fun weeknight meal is the best! I cannot wait to try this out!

  • 5 stars
    How gorgeous is this dish?! The cod looks so perfectly crispy and that sauce, oh that sauce! Divine. I am such a fangirl (devotee? That sounds more elegant! haha) for Nielsen Massey’s line. Like you, I am in love with the rose water (Bon Appetit–such a great place), and the orange extract has been a staple in my pantry for years. It’s my secret ingredient in my Christmas Linzer cookies. Just a drop in the shortbread dough gives it a complementary flavor and aroma that everyone goes crazy for! I can’t wait to use it in this sauce and vinaigrette. So fresh tasting and fragrant!

    • Thank you! We do feel all the components came together in this dish to really make a wonderful meal. And hello?! Christmas Linzer cookies with a drop of orange extract?!!…will be hopping over to your blog sooner than Christmas to get that recipe! Thanks again!! xoxo

  • 5 stars
    You’re so right – the simpler the better. I was just looking at cod at the market the other day but didn’t get it because I couldn’t think of a recipe. Going back and getting it now!

    • Thanks Tracy! We really think you’ll love this recipe! We love fish and chips with fresh cod, but we gotta say…this dish is even better! Hope you like it! Thanks again, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    What a great sounding recipe. And I agree, why purchase cheap ingredients to make fabulous food. I never skimp when it comes to our food. I haven’t tried the Orange extract by Nielsen-Massey. I will put that on my grocery list.

  • 5 stars
    I think this is one of the best recipes I have seen in a while. The crust on the cod looks perfectly crunchy and golden. I love the use of orange extract. I cannot wait to make this for my Hubby this weekend!

  • 5 stars
    First…is there really any other vanilla? Not in my house!! This recipe sounds amazing. We love fish, and crusting it in nuts is such a great idea. A welcome change from breadcrumbs….and so delicious.

  • 5 stars
    I love seafood. I actually eat a lot more seafood than anything else. I have yet to have cod with an orange sauce. You provided so many great tips! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  • 5 stars
    I love to use Nielsen-Massey extracts in all of my baking, but I’ve never thought to use them in cooking like this. That’s genius. That cod looks spectacular — the crusty crumb coating and that luscious orange beurre blanc, sound utterly decadent. I wish you were my next door neighbors, I’d bring the wine!!!

    • Thank you, Lisa!! Nielsen-Massey is just so great, and this was my first recipe working with the orange extract, and I have to say, we were really, really impressed with the results. Orange beurre blanc is the bomb. I know!!!! We’d have a blast cooking and drinking wine!! Well, who knows…maybe one day!!! Thanks again xoxo Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Omg! I didn’t even know orange extract was a thing! But wow Nielsen Massey products are always so fabulous- I’m sure that I need this. And cod is right up my ally. (Up my river?) The almond and orange compliment cod perfectly– this sounds amazing!

    • Thank you, Sarah! I know! I really wanted to have more of an orange flavor with this dish, and I was so happy with Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Organic Orange Extract. We really think you’ll like this dish a lot. Thanks again!! Kris & Wesley

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