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Baked Cod with Tomato Sauce and Capers

Cod in tomato sauce with capers, thyme, rosemary and lemon zest baked in the oven to create a quick and easy healthy midweek dinner.

Whilst this recipe uses cod, you can substitute it for coley, pollock, whiting or hake and it will work perfectly!

Overhead baked cod with tomato sauce served with green bean amandine.

Baked Fish in Tomato Sauce

It is pretty rare of me to remember where recipes come from, but this cod in tomato sauce recipe I recall seeing on the TV.

British readers of a certain age may remember Ready, Steady Cook. Well, I saw this recipe there back in the mid 90’s and I have been cooking it since!

Oddly enough I have distant memories of my pan-fried skate wings recipe, cod mornay and cod en papillote all having their genus there too!

Growing up fish in tomato sauce meant sardines, but I grew out of that. Sardines, for me, are much more likely to appear in fish cakes, like these salmon fishcakes.

The tomato sauce features anchovies, capers and garlic and not a lot else.

It is a recipe that screams less is more and it is so simple. If you are one of those people that thinks that cooking fish is difficult, then you should make this, it will change your mind!

If you love this recipe and a bit of spice be sure to check out my macher jhol recipe. A Bengali fish curry that has an awful lot in common with this dish!

White fish baked in tomato sauce with green beans amandine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use other types of fish?

Yes, this recipe works really well with all types of meaty white fish.

Feel free to sub it out for something like pollock, coley, hake (whiting) or haddock.

Can I use fillets of fish rather than loin?

Yes, loin cooks more evenly due to its size. But the fillet works equally well, the thinner bits will just be cooked more than the heart of the fillet.

Can I skip the anchovies, I do not like them?

You can, but I would urge you not to!

They do not offer that big anchovy punch as they do on a Caesar salad or a pizza. In fact, the flavour is almost undetectable, but they add an almost meaty umami punch to the sauce.

Do I have to use the capers?

No, you can make a plain tomato sauce and add a load of herbs if you like. But at least give them a try once, they are delicious!

Baked cod with tomato sauce served with green bean amandine.

Serving Suggestions

You can take this cod in tomato sauce recipe off in several directions in order to create a complete meal.

My personal favourite addition is green beans with almonds. A really old school French classic with plenty of butter.

Whilst we are being “naughty” with this very nutritious recipe then another option would be crispy fried potatoes or some straw potatoes.

It feeds into that fish and chip thing and that tomato sauce is just heavenly with salty potatoes.

I’m not a huge advocate of “pasta as a side” but I know many love it! If you are one of those people this would work wonderfully on a bed of pasta dressed with olive oil and garlic.

Close-up cod fish in a caper and tomato sauce.

Equipment Used

I only name-check brands of equipment if I think that they make a material difference to a recipe. If you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section below the recipe.

  • Stovetop.
  • Oven.
  • 30cm or 12″ frying pan.
  • 25x17x5cm or 10x7x2″ baking or casserole dish.
  • Chopping board.
  • Kitchen knife.
  • Weighing scales and or measuring cups and spoons.
  • Stirring spoon.
Baked cod in tomato sauce with thyme, rosemary and lemon in a baking dish.
Yield: 2 Servings

Baked Cod with Tomato Sauce and Capers Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Cooking in just 30 minutes this baked cod loin in tomato sauce with capers, rosemary and thyme is guaranteed to become a favourite mid week dinner for fish lovers.

Ingredients

  • 2 Pieces (350g Total) Boneless Skinless Cod Loin
  • 1 Shallot (~35g) Shallot
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 4 Anchovy Fillets
  • 50g (¼ Cup) Capers
  • 400g (14oz) Tinned Chopped Tomatoes
  • Pinch of Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ Tsp Salt + an extra pinch
  • Pinch black Pepper
  • 1 Sprig Fresh Rosemary
  • 2 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Lemon

Instructions

  1. Place the cod on some kitchen paper whilst you prepare the rest of the ingredients to absorb any excess water.
  2. Peel the shallot and dice it as finely as you can.
  3. Bash the garlic cloves with the side of a knife and then dice it as finely as you can.
  4. Strip the leaves from the rosemary and thyme and then chop them together.
  5. Zest the lemon.
  6. Roughly chop the capers.
  7. Heat the olive oil in a 30cm or 12" frying pan over a medium heat.
  8. Add the shallot and anchovy fillets the cook for 3 minutes.
  9. Add the garlic and cook for another minute then turn the heat up to very high.
  10. Pour in the tin of tomatoes and add the capers, salt, half of the herbs and a pinch of sugar, then stir and cook for 5-8 minutes. You want to reduce out most of the water from the tomatoes to prevent the sauce from beating too watery.
  11. Transfer the tomato sauce to a baking dish (25x17x5cm or 10x7x2").
  12. Add the pieces of cod to the sauce and drizzle the top of the fish with a little more olive oil.
  13. Sprinkle the top of the fish with the lemon zest, the remaining herbs and a pinch of salt & black pepper.
  14. Transfer to the oven and bake at 180°C or 350°F for 12-15 minutes. You are looking for an internal temperature of around 60°C or 140°F.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 375Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 1831mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 5gSugar: 7gProtein: 45g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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