Witch Patty: What did you get?
Witch Selma: A candied apple.
Witch Patty: I got a caramel cod.
– Treehouse of Horror
The Simpsons | Season 9 - Episode 4
Cod is a delicious white fish that I enjoy eating. Caramel is a sweet sauce that is fun to eat on top of ice cream. Put those two things together and you’ve got an interesting (by that I mean gross) experience to say the least. I was surprised to find that Caramel Cod is kind of a thing, with a variety of recipes that sounded quite tasty and one that is inspired by this Treehouse of Horror episode! As usual, other food bloggers on the internet are trying to make their food edible and tasty while I’m sitting over here eating something gross for authenticity sake.
Admittedly, I didn’t go full bore and deep fry an entire fish and then drench it in caramel because that’s a little too wasteful for my liking. Instead, I covered a piece of cod in caramel sauce and called it a day because at this point I think I have firmly established that I am so, so lazy.
Bake fish and enjoy it without caramel sauce. Cover last leftover piece of cod with caramel sauce.
This was pretty bad. The caramel sauce was sickly sweet and the cod was baked with things like lemon and dill. And these things do not combine well together. Sadly, I would not recommend this dish for your next Halloween party.
And that’s the story of the very first caramel cod. I mean, Halloween. And it wasn’t long before this yearly custom became an annual tradition. Please note: Making this dish will NOT become an annual tradition.
Cromulence: 2 Durwoods out of 10
Caramel Cod Recipe From: Treehouse of Horror (The Simpsons Season 9 – Episode 4)
Oh, get out of here with your well researched recipe that actually looks tasty and not super gross like mine does.
I get irrationally repulsed by sea creatures so the image of a whole fish on a stick with its tiny eyes poking out always made me gag a little. And Selma’s trout almondine. And when the Simpsons visit the aquarium and the sign advertising the exotic attraction turns into a fried seafood buffet. Worst offender will always be Li’l Lisa’s Patented Animal Slurry though… bleurghkjsj
If it’s possible to imagine, the fish actually SMELLED worse then it looked or tasted. So be thankful you didn’t have to experience that!