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Pan Grilled Spanish Cod with Almond Picada Sauce

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork



  • 1 14 ounce cod fillet 390 grams
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch sea salt
  • pinch black pepper


  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 12 blanched marcona almonds
  • 1 1/2 thick slice of day old baguette bread
  • 1/2 tsp saffron threads
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  • 1 lemon


  1. To make the picada sauce heat a small fry pan with a medium heat, add in 12 blanched marcona almonds and dry roast them for 4 minutes, making sure to mix them around the entire time so they toast evenly and not burn, once roasted add the almonds into a mortar

  2. Finely mince 2 cloves of garlic and add into the mortar with the almonds, also add in a 1/2 inch thick piece of day old baguette bread (you can also toast a fresh slice on the toaster), pinch in 1/2 tsp of saffron threads, 1 tbsp of freshly chopped parsley and a 1/4 tsp of fine sea salt, using a pestle pound down on the mixture until you form a paste, about 4 to 5 minutes

  3. Then add in 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive and mix together until well combined, set aside

  4. Grab a 14 ounce (390G) fillet of cod (I bought mine frozen and thawed it out), pat it down with paper towels and cut into 2 fillets, season the cod with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper

  5. Heat a nonstick fry pan with a medium heat, after 2 minutes add the cod fillets into the pan seasoned side down, after 3 minutes flip the cod fillets (mine where 1/2 inch thick), after a total cooking time of 6 minutes, transfer the cod fillets into seperate dishes

  6. Using the same pan with the same heat add in the picada sauce and mix around for a little under 30 seconds, just enough to make the garlic fragrant, then evenly divide the picada sauce on top of the cod fillets, garnish with a slice of lemon, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Make sure to use high-quality saffron to make this cod recipe