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Portuguese-Style Cod

Portuguese-Style Cod


  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus more for coating the fish

  • 2 large baking potatoes, peeled and sliced, 1/4 inch thick

  • Salt

  • 4 large center-cut cod fillets (7 ounces each)

  • 1 onion, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • Pepper

  • One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes

  • 4 thin slices prosciutto or serrano ham, halved crosswise

  • 1 pound green beans, halved

  • Crusty bread, to pass around the table


In a large nonstick skillet, heat 3 tablespoons EVOO, 3 turns of the pan, over medium to medium-high heat. Add the potatoes and cook, turning occasionally, until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Season with salt.

While the potatoes are working, place an ovenproof pan in the oven and pre-heat to 425°. Rub EVOO all over the cod and cook in the pan for 7 minutes; remove from the oven.

While the fish is working, in a saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the tomatoes.

Top the fish with the tomato sauce. Lay the ham slices on top. Roast the fish until cooked through, 8-10 minutes.

Fill a medium saucepan with enough water to reach a depth of 1 inch; bring to a boil. Salt the water, add the green beans and cook until crisp-tender, 5 minutes.

Place a bed of green beans on plates. Top with a cod fillet, tomato sauce and ham. Serve with the potatoes and bread.