Cod With Puttanesca Sauce
Puttanesca sauce is a simple combination of tomatoes, white wine, olives, capers, garlic, onion and olive oil - perfect for topping a mild, flaky fish like cod. Skip the pasta and serve this dish with toasted ciabatta bread, topped with garlic-butter, parsley and cheese and a side of sautéed spinach.
- 1 lb cod fillet
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 medium red onion, sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup pitted black olives (Nicoise or Calamata)
- 1 tablespoon capers, drained
- 1/3 cup dry white wine
- 14-ounces Italian plum tomatoes, partially drained
- 10 ounces fresh baby spinach
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
Preheat the oven to 425°F.
Season the fish on both sides with salt and pepper and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Place in the oven and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until the fish just done. Time will depend on the thickness of the fillet.
While the fish cooks, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 3 to 5 minutes until translucent but not browned. Add about 2/3 of the chopped garlic and continue cooking until softened and fragrant. Add the olives and capers and cook for 2 more minutes until heated through.
Add the wine and tomatoes. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes, breaking the tomatoes up as they cook, until the sauce has thickened and the excess liquid has evaporated. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and keep warm.
If the fish is done at this point, remove from the oven and keep warm.
Wipe out the pan and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the remaining chopped garlic and sauté for a few seconds until fragrant. Add the spinach and cook for a minute or two, tossing continually for even cooking. Season with salt and pepper.
To serve, spoon the sauce onto serving plates, top with the spinach and then the fish. Drizzle with a bit more sauce and serve.