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All Recipes, Main Dishes / August 24, 2022

Barcelona´s BEST-KEPT Fish Recipe | Bacalao a la Llauna Recipe

This Spanish Cod with White beans, known as Bacalao a la Llauna, is Barcelona´s Best-Kept recipe. Like seriously, most people outside the region of Catalunya, where Barcelona is located, have never heard of this dish. But they should, because it has the most incredible flavors.

Bacalao a la Llauna
We´re talking cod fried in olive oil and then finished off in the oven under some white beans with a delicious paprika & garlic sauce. But the best part? It´s super easy to make and comes together in just 30 minutes.

Bacalao a la Llauna
To make this dish, I used Spanish Cod Fillets (10% OFF Your Order with Code ¨SPAINONAFORK10¨) from el Barquero. Truly the BEST Cod I have ever tasted and it takes this dish to next level in goodness.

Bacalao a la Llauna

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: The thickness of the cod fillets I used where 1 1/2 inch (4 cm) thick. So I fried them for 4 minutes per side. If the cod fillets you are using are thinner, go for 2 to 3 minutes per side.

Bacalao a la Llauna

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Bacalao a la Llauna Recipe (Barcelona Style Cod)

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 504 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 75 ml
  • 4 cod fillets 7 oz / 200 grams each
  • 15.5 oz canned white beans 440 grams
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.30 grams
  • 1/2 cup white wine 125 ml
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 30 grams
  • handful finely chopped parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Grease a 10 in x 7 in (25 cm x 18 cm) casserole dish with 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil

  2. Drain the canned white beans into a colander, rinse under cold water and then shake off any excess water, add the beans into the casserole dish, making sure they´re all in a single layer

  3. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in 1/4 cup (60 ml) extra virgin olive oil

  4. Meanwhile pat the cod fillets dry with paper towels, add the flour into a shallow bowl, season with black pepper and whisk together, then coat each cod fillet in the flour mixture, making sure to fully coat each one all around

  5. Once the olive oil is hot, add the coated cod fillets into the pan, all in a single layer, cook between 3 to 4 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the fillets, mine where 1 1/2 inch (4cm) thick, so I went 4 minutes per side, then transfer the cod fillets into the casserole dish over beans, all in a single layer

  6. Using the same pan, lower the fire to a low heat and add in 6 cloves garlic thinly sliced, mix continuously, after 30 seconds add in 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika, quickly mix together, then add in 1/2 cup white wine and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and simmer for 2 minutes, then pour the sauce over the cod fillets

  7. Add the casserole dish into a preheated oven, bake + broil option 190 C - 375 F for about 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and sprinkle with finely chopped fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Bacalao a la Llauna Recipe (Barcelona Style Cod)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 504 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 116mg5%
Potassium 1378mg39%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 326IU7%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 125mg13%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Charles Pascual

    5 stars
    Delicious dish and as easy to prepare as you said. The ingredients are pantry staples (cod is a staple in our household) – so, this doesn’t require any extensive planning to put a tasty and attractive entree on the table. Thank you, Albert.

    10 . Feb . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Glad you enjoyed it! Much love 🙂

      11 . Feb . 2023
  2. Charles Pascual

    5 stars
    Very tasty dish and super easy to prepare. Ingredients are pantry staples (especially, if like us, you regularly have cod in the freezer. Thank you, Albert.

    16 . Nov . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Glad you enjoyed the dish! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      17 . Nov . 2022
  3. Adrian P Gaylard

    5 stars
    I was a bit sceptical of this to start with, but it’s fantastic. Very easy to do and really delivers big flavours. Our cod filets were a bit on the thin side, so I reduced the pan frying time. It worked a treat. My dish even looked like the photos, which my food never does! So simple, elegant and tasty. This will definitely be something I cook regularly.

    I served it with “poor man’s potatoes” and definitely recommend that combination.

    28 . Aug . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      29 . Aug . 2022
  4. Ramya

    cant wait to make this soon for me can i use mushrooms and vegetable broth i never had barcelona style cod before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    24 . Aug . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      25 . Aug . 2022

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