Mar 24, 2011

Cod with a Salsa Twist

Cod with a Salsa Twist

I’m trying to eat more fish, at least once a week. It’s tasty, easy to cook, healthy and what’s even better; it lends itself to versatility. You can be as creative as you want with toppings, crusts and sauces.

I just wish it wasn’t so darn expensive. At least in the Netherlands it is. So, I tend to play it safe when cooking fish. But there’s one combination that’s simply divine; cod and tomato. You can never go wrong with this!

I grew weary of the skillet baked cod with white sauce, so I loaded it with a tomato salsa type of topping this time and simply put it in the oven so the salsa would heat through as well.

It was fabulous! Summery almost. Very basic, pure flavors.

 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pound cod
1/3 can diced tomatoes (14oz)
3 tomatoes
1 small red onion
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
freshly cracked black pepper
handful fresh basil
1 tbsp red (or white) wine vinegar
tiny drop balsamic
sea salt or kosher salt

 

Directions:

Such simple ingredients. Coarsely chop half the onion and add it to a food processor.
Cod with a Salsa Twist

Grate the garlic in there. Don’t add whole cloves because chances are you’ll be biting down on a big chunk of garlic. Not cool.
Cod with a Salsa Twist

Pour in the oil and about 1/3 of the diced tomatoes.
Cod with a Salsa Twist

Add the red wine vinegar (or white wine vinegar), the balsamic (though this is optional) and a good pinch of salt and pepper.
Cod with a Salsa Twist

Add fresh basil. It just needs a bit of fresh basil.
Cod with a Salsa Twist

Blitz for about 30 seconds.
Cod with a Salsa Twist

I finely minced the remaining onion and the tomatoes and added them to the flavored puree.
Cod with a Salsa Twist

Lightly oil a baking tray and place the cod (or tilapia) in there.
Cod with a Salsa Twist

Season the fish (don’t skimp!) and top it with a generous amount of tomato salsa.
Cod with a Salsa Twist

Put it in a preheated oven and bake the fish at 350F˚ (175C˚) for 20 to 25 minutes. Depending on the thickness of the fish, of course.
Cod with a Salsa Twist

As soon as it comes out of the oven drizzle a little extra EVOO on top and garnish with finely chopped basil.
Cod with a Salsa Twist

Serve with skillet or oven baked potatoes and a nice crispy green salad.
Cod with a Salsa Twist

Cod with a Salsa Twist
Ingredients
    1 1/2 pound cod
    1/3 can diced tomatoes (14oz)
    3 tomatoes
    1 small red onion
    3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    freshly cracked black pepper
    handful fresh basil
    1 tbsp red wine vinegar
    tiny drop balsamic
    sea salt or kosher salt
Directions
    Coarsely chop half the onion and add it to a food processor. Grate the garlic in there as well and pour in the oil and about 1/3 of the diced tomatoes.

    Add the red wine vinegar (or white wine vinegar), the balsamic (though this is optional), a good pinch of salt and pepper and a handful of fresh basil. Blitz for about 30 seconds.

    Finely mince the remaining onion and the tomatoes and add them to the puree. Lightly oil a baking tray and place the fish in there. Season the fish (don’t skimp!) and top each piece with a generous amount of tomato salsa.

    Put it in a preheated oven and bake the fish at 350F˚ (175C˚) for 20 to 25 minutes. Depending on the thickness of the fish, of course. As soon as it comes out of the oven drizzle a little extra EVOO on top and garnish with finely chopped basil.
Meal type: main course, seafood
Servings: 4
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    12 Comments »

    1. 1

      This looks fantastic! I’m on a fish kick too. Just posted a Thai fish recipe on my blog that you would probably enjoy!

      The Lunch Lady on Mar 24, 2011 @ 8:46 pm Reply
    2. 2

      Just fabulous!  Fish is expensive here too; I most get it at Costco!

      Kalynskitchen on Mar 24, 2011 @ 9:45 pm Reply
    3. 3

      Sounds like a bruchetta topping.  Wow, those are huge basil leaves!!
      The reason why fish is so expensive is because of overfishing.  The rapid growth in demand for fish and fish products is leading to fish prices increasing faster than prices of meat.
      http://www.un.org/events/tenstories/06/story.asp?storyID=800

      willowsprite on Mar 25, 2011 @ 1:34 am Reply
      1. @Willowsprite:

        I must say that fish has always been extremely expensive here. Even, say, 10 to 15 years ago it was crazy expensive.

        Kay on Mar 25, 2011 @ 7:09 am Reply
    4. 4

      I’m always looking for great baked fish recipes. Thanks!

      Maria B. on Mar 25, 2011 @ 4:20 pm Reply
    5. 5

      Hello Kay!  I struggle with keeping fish in the menu once a week myself.  Catfish, Tilapia and Swai are the ones most affordable, and sometimes salmon when it goes on sale.   My problem is more of keeping it new and exciting so my family will eat the fish!  This is one I’ll definitely try.  Please keep sharing your new fish creations; I’m stumped! Thanks!

      Trish-in-MO on Mar 25, 2011 @ 5:36 pm Reply
    6. 6

      @Kay

      I’m surprised to hear that fish is SO expensive in Holland!

      I’m curious what you pay by the kilo there? 

      I pay anywhere from 3.99/pound to 12.99/pound for fish…I usually stick to around 6.99 and supplement our meal with some chicken since not everyone likes fish.  I also only buy Wild Fish so it’s automatically more expensive than farmed.

      The Lunch Lady on Mar 25, 2011 @ 6:36 pm Reply
    7. 7

      @ The lunch lady:

      For a kilo fresh cod I have to pony up $25 at least, but more like $30 to $35. Crazy expensive here,

      Kay on Mar 25, 2011 @ 6:53 pm Reply
    8. 8

      Fish prices are ridiculous here also, I live in cattle country so I get a great deal on beef.  However, I just bought some plum wine at a show today and was thinking that it would be perfect with fish…just need to figure out how?

      Rhonda on Mar 27, 2011 @ 1:08 am Reply
    9. 9

      @Rhonda:

      There’s a huge diference between Nl and the US when it comes to meat. There’s such a huge variety of good quality meat in the US that you can even find in the supermarket there.

      Meat coming from the supermarket here is the worst meat ever. If you want to buy a decent piece of meat here your only chance is to go to a butcher shop. It will be crazy expensive as well. 

      The US really kicks our butt when it comes to meat, but when it comes to potatoes and vegetables we kick their butt :)

      Kay on Mar 27, 2011 @ 7:14 am Reply
    10. 10

      I am also trying to eat more fish and you have given me a perfect recipe!

      Maris (In Good Taste) on Mar 27, 2011 @ 11:39 am Reply
    11. 11

      What a nice and simple, tasty and healthy dish!

      Kevin (Closet Cooking) on Mar 29, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

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