Recipe | Cod & bacon skewers with saffron rice

Drumb roll… I made some fish skewers last week, and in my world, it’s a big deal. I love fish, and try to order fish as much as possible when we dine out. But I grew up with a mother who despises fish. Fish was never, ever served in our house, so I never learned how to prepare it. While traveling to France, I was chatting with a homeowner who shared what she was preparing for lunch, and it seemed so simple and healthy, I decided to give it a go and test if my family would like it. Not only did they like it, even my teenage girls asked for seconds! In my book, that’s called a success. Here is the recipe if you’d care to try –PS : If you have a recipe involving fish – and doesn’t need a master’s degree in cooking – please share, whether a blog or a Pinterest link. I’d love to cook more fish! Xo, Si-

Cod & Bacon Skewers with Saffron rice | French By Design

Cod and Bacon Skewers with Saffron rice 


  • Cod fish [count 3 or 4 bites per skewer, count 2 to 3 skewers per person]
  • 8/10 slices of bacon 
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper

For the rice

  • 1 cup of Basmati rice
  • Saffron
  • 1 teaspoon of butter


  • Cut the cod fish into small pieces, bitable sizes, [but not too small either to avoid breakage while cooking].
  • Marinate for 20 minutes the cod pieces in olive oil and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper. 
  • Using wooden skewers, pick the cod bites and alternate with bacon pieces. 
  • Grill for 15 minutes [we used an oven top plancha, since we are not allowed to have a barbecue in our San Francisco apartment]- and be gentle when turning over your sewers to avoid the fish to crumble.
  • While this is cooking, prepare your saffron rice : in 2 cups of water, add a teaspoon of butter, the basmati rice and the saffron. Follow cooking instructions until the water is fully absorbed or the rice cooked at your preference – drain extra water if rice is cooked before all water is dissolved. My basmati rice usually takes 12 minutes to cook al dente, just how I like it.

Cod & Bacon Skewers with Saffron Rice | French By Design

Et voilà, enjoy!

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