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All Recipes, Main Dishes / March 15, 2023

The ULTIMATE One-Pan Fish Recipe | Pan Fried Cod with Garlic Tomatoes

This Pan Fried Cod with Garlic Tomatoes, known as Bacalao Frito con Tomates al Ajillo, is about as simple as home cooking can get. But don´t let that fool you. This one-pan dish is packed with flavors, seriously easy to make and all done in about 20 minutes.

Pan Fried Cod with Garlic Tomatoes
This is the perfect dish for a busy weeknight, yet bold enough for a relaxed weekend lunch. Either way, serve it next to a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish Albariño from the region of Rias Baixas for an incredible meal.

Pan Fried Cod with Garlic Tomatoes
For this recipe I used cod fillets I bought frozen and thawed out. You can fresh if you like, as well as any other type of firm white fish. Such as: Halibut, Tilapia or Hake, which is known as Merluza in Spain.

Pan Fried Cod with Garlic Tomatoes

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Once you add the cherry tomatoes into the pan, lightly sautee them for about 3 minutes. If you go any longer, they will start to break apart. I cooked the cod fillets for about 2 1/2 minutes per side. You want to cook them just through. If you over cook them, they get a tough dry texture.

Pan Fried Cod with Garlic Tomatoes

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Pan Fried Cod with Garlic Tomatoes
5 from 1 vote

Pan Fried Cod with Garlic Tomatoes

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 513 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 60 ml
  • 2 cod fillets 8 oz / 250 grams each
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes 225 grams
  • 1/2 cup white wine 120 ml
  • handful fresh parsley
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Roughly chop the cloves of garlic, cut the cherry tomatoes in half, finely chop the parsley and pat dry the cod fillets with paper towels and season with sea salt & black pepper

  2. Heat a large fry pan with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  3. After a couple of minutes add in the cod fillets, cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until fully cooked through, then remove from the pan and set aside

  4. Using the same pan with the same heat add in the chopped garlic, mix with the olive oil, after 30 to 45 seconds add in the cherry tomatoes, continue to gently mix together, after 3 minutes add in the white wine, 2 tbsp (8 grams) of the chopped parsley and season with sea salt & black pepper, give it one final mix and simmer

  5. After 3 to 4 minutes and the white wine has reduced in half, add the cod fillets back into the pan, spoon some of the sauce over the fillets, cook for another 30 seconds to heat the cod through, then remove from the heat

  6. Serve directly out of the pan sprinkled with fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Pan Fried Cod with Garlic Tomatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 513 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 20g
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 143mg6%
Potassium 1293mg37%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 975IU20%
Vitamin C 37mg45%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Alec Villanueva

    5 stars
    I just made this recipe and found it to be perfect to serve with some leftover pasta that I was trying to use up!

    25 . Mar . 2023
  2. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon for me can i use tofu and vegetable broth i never had pan fried cod with garlic tomatoes before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

    15 . Mar . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      16 . Mar . 2023

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