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This Spice Can Turn Fish Into an Aphrodisiac

Grains of paradise are a citrusy spice native to West Africa and believed to have aphrodisiac qualities. They also make a great spice rub for pan-fried cod.

by Munchies Staff
05 May 2017, 10:18am

If your experience of cod can be summed up in the word "battered," you really haven't been living your best seafood life. Deep-frying and dousing in vinegar isn't the only way to enjoy this delicately flavoured fish.

RECIPE: Pan-Roasted Cod

Zoe Adjonyoh knows how to treat a cod. The British Ghanaian chef rubs fillets with ground grains of paradise—a citrusy West African spice with hints of jasmine, believed to have aphrodisiac qualities—and gently sautés in groundnut oil, before finishing off in the oven. The cooked fillets are drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with more grains of paradise (steady on), then served simply with lemon wedges and parsley.

Aphrodisiacal spices or not, this is one sexy cod dish.