As you know, fish is a very important part of the Mediterranean diet, it´s low in fat, high in protein and loaded with so many health benefits. With that being said, today we´re making The Ultimate Spanish Cod Recipe with Tomato Sauce. This dish is loaded with flavors, easy to make and it´s all done using just one pan.
Cod is a very popular fish to eat in Spain, specially in the northern region of the Basque country. It is a very mild fish with a great texture and absorbs all the great flavors from any sauce that it´s cooked in. To make this recipe affordable I used frozen cod and thawed it out, for a dish like this you don´t have to use fresh cod and pay those expensive prices.
So many people stay away from cooking fish at home and prefer to enjoy it while dining out. Main reason being most people over-cook fish and when they do it usually tends to have a dry and unpleasant texture to it. Here is the secret on how to perfectly and easily cook cod. The secret is to have a very hot pan with some olive oil in it and sear each side for exactly 2 minutes (the thickness of my fillets where 1 inch). After a total cooking time of 4 minutes remove the fillets from the pan, transfer to a dish and cover with foil paper.
Once your cod is done you can make your sauce in the pan and then add the cod back into the pan at the end to heat it through. Watch the video below on how to make The Ultimate Spanish Cod Recipe with Tomato Sauce or check out the recipe card below, which you can print. Salud!
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The Ultimate Spanish Cod Recipe with Tomato Sauce
- 2 tbsp extra virgin Spanish olive oil
- 1 fillet of cod 14oz/400g
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 small onion
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1/2 green bell pepper
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 14 ounce/400 gram can tomato puree
- sea salt
- black pepper
- white sugar
- fresh parsley
Thinly slice 3 cloves of garlic, finely dice 1 small onion, finely dice 1/2 of a red bell pepper and 1/2 of a green bell pepper, pat down a 14 oz/400 gram fillet of cod with paper towels, cut it into 4 evenly sized pieces, then season them with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
Heat a non-stick frying pan with a medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin Spanish olive oil, 2 minutes after adding the oil add the fillets of cod into the pan skin side up, 2 minutes later flip the fillets, after a total cooking time of 4 minutes remove the cod fillets from the pan and transfer them into a dish and cover it with seran wrap
Using the same pan with the same heat add the sliced garlic and diced onions into the pan and mix them with the oil, scrapping up anything that was left over from the cod, after about 1 minute add the diced bell bell peppers into the pan and cook for about 5 minutes, then season everything with sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper and a generous 1/4 teaspoon of smoked paprika and mix everything together, then add one 14 ounce/400 gram can of tomato puree, season again with sea salt, freshly cracked black pepper and a kiss of white sugar, mix it all together until well combined and lower the fire to a LOW heat
After leaving the sauce to simmer for 5 minutes add the fillets of cod back into the pan and place a lid on top, 2 minutes later remove the lid and transfer the pan to a flat surface, serve directly from the pan, garnish with some freshly chopped parsley and a couple slices of lemon, enjoy!
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