This recipe is for anyone who is afraid of fish. This is a very traditional Catalan preparation of cod. It’s simple and tasty, which makes it a great recipe for those who are just beginning to eat fish. I kept the recipe simple, but you could easily add your favorite herbs or spice rub to dress this up. Cod is a very plain white fish, which makes it a good candidate for frying (think fish and chips) or baking with a nice sauce. Since we just gorged on Thanksgiving, I’m providing the healthier option here.
This recipe is for two people, but you can easily increase the portions in this recipe for more people.
1/2 lb. of frozen (not salted) cod. Thaw completely before cooking.
4 fingerling potatoes (see Tip 1)
1/4 cup tomato sauce – your favorite brand
1/4 cup water
Approximately 2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 garlic clove
Sea salt or Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
*You will also need a sturdy cast iron pot, a skillet that can go in the oven, or a glass baking dish.
1. After washing the potatoes, slice them thinly.
2. Drizzle enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the cast -iron pot.
3. Put one layer of potatoes in the bottom of the pot. Add salt and pepper to this layer of potatoes. Add the remaining potatoes with additional salt and pepper. Add the salt and pepper to your taste. Just remember that the potatoes and fish will soak up the salt, so it’s difficult to over salt this dish. That said, you can always allow each person to add the salt and pepper to their liking.
4. Slice the clove of garlic and add the garlic to the potatoes.
6. Drizzle about 1 Tbsp. olive oil in with the tomato sauce.
7. Add the quarter cup of water to the tomato sauce and olive oil mixture.
8. Spoon approximately half of the tomato mixture over the potatoes.
10. Place the cod in the pot on top of the potatoes.
11. Pour the remaining tomato sauce mixture over the cod.
13. The dish is ready when the cod and potatoes are tender and the sauce is bubbling. I recommend serving this with french green beans.