Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sauteed Cod with Garlic and Tomatoes



Once fall hits I swear my body begins to crave carbs more than oxegen! 

Pasta, bread, potatoes, they can all draw me in like a zombie looking for it's next victim. 

Which reminds me of a joke...

What do vegetarian zombies eat?

GRAINS!!


Bad I know, 

but admit it, 

you chuckled, 

a little.

I guess this autumnal obsession actually has a basis in science!

During the summer months, when there is all that wonderful sunshine. Our body get's all of it's feel good juice from the vitamin D is absorbs through our skin.

Then fall hits and the days of sunshine are few and far between. Our bodies begin to search for a new way to get that serotonin high, and guess what, yup carbs are the cure!

Now I know why eating a big bowl of mac and cheese makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

So the next you feel bad for devouring your favorite carb laden treat tell yourself that it is not lack of will power, and that I said it is OK to do it.

We will be happy together all winter long!!

However there are those rare occasions, when I come out of my pasta induced haze, and crave a nice light clean meal. 

This occasion was also spurred on by my last little group of tomatoes from my garden. I had a few little red and yellow beauties left and wanted something that would let them shine.

Trust me, this dish does just that. 

So simple, yet so full of flavors. 

Even as the daylight continues to wane, and my body searches to fill the need that leaves.

This dish calls my name quite often!!



Sauteed Cod with Garlic and Tomatoes


  • 4 (6 to 8 ounce) skinless cod fillets
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 large fresh tomatoes, cut into chunks
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Several leaves of basil cut in chiffonade 
  • cooked rice or pasta (optional)



Remove any bones from the fillets and pat them dry. Salt the fillets well, set aside.

In a saute pan, heat the olive oil and whole garlic cloves over medium heat, stirring occasionally until garlic turns a golden brown. Remove the garlic cloves (you can eat them when they cool, they are very good) and add the fish fillets, which should sizzle gently. Cook with out moving for about 2 minutes, you will see the bottom of the fish fillets turn opaque. 

Tip the pan and, using a large spoon, baste the tops of the fish with the hot oil. Do this constantly until the top of the fillets begin to flake, about 3 minutes. Remove fish from pan to a plate.

Add the tomato and the Italian seasoning swirling around the pan a bit, continue to cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes, or until fish is no longer pink in the middle.

Remove the fish fillets to a plate plate. Continue to cook the tomatoes, stirring constantly, in the pan and add black pepper to taste The tomatoes will break down a bit and the sauce will thicken. Turn off the heat.. 

Place cooked fish over cooked rice or pasta (if wanted), spoon tomatoes and sauce over the fish fillets and top with the basil. 

Serve at once.

Serves 4

ENJOY!



54 comments:

  1. We have been looking for different ways to cook fish. My hubs has been trying to eat more seafood and we get really tired of cooking it the same ole way. thanks for the recipe

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    1. I am glad you like it. We both really loved the clean flavors in this.

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  2. I am not a fish eater but am wondering if I could substitute Tilapia for the Cod--it does look good!

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  3. That looks amazing. I will definitely be trying this one. It fits right in with my healthy eating.

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    1. Awesome Jennifer! I really think you will enjoy it!

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  4. I don't normally like fish, but that looks amazing! I will have to try this out! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I admit it I laughed!

    I love the look of this - it looks and sounds like it would go well on a cold night x

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    1. Hehe glad I could make you laugh and hungry!!

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  6. Grains, that's funny. :) You take such beautiful photographs. Visiting your blog always makes me leave hungry!

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    1. Thanks so much Pam!! I am glad I can do my job well :)

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  7. I love fish dishes and this looks so good.

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  8. Dr wants me to eat more fish........... or any fish for that matter. This looks pretty good.

    And I did laugh! My husband watching The Walking Dead so I shared you joke with him. He chuckled too!

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  9. I think I go through phases where I prefer substantial or light meals too. This looks quite good!

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  10. Ok, I am totally stealing that joke!! LOL.

    We don't eat seafood, but I think I could easily substitute some chicken breast for the cod.

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    1. LOL Steal away!! Yes, you could even sub a nice fillet in there, just might have to cook it in the oven a bit to make sure it is cooked though.

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  11. I am always looking for a great seafood recipe. This recipes looks like one that my family would love. Great combination of flavors.

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    1. I like this recipe because you taste each ingredient so clearly. I hope you give it a try

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  12. I'm not a big fish fan, but this actually looks quite delicious! I love how it's simple too!

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    1. I have only become a fish lover just recently and dishes like this are my favorites. Simple and clean flavors.

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  13. The secretion of serotonin from eating high glycemic food leads to many people's eating disorders. Did you know fiber can help lower the GI of foods? I love garlic and tomatoes.

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    1. No I didn't know that. Thanks so much for the info!!

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  14. Fish is a big part of my meal. I loved it! This cod recipe of yours looks perfect with plain rice!

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    1. Yes rice was the side we used and it was yummy with the leftover sauce on top of it!

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  15. We love Fish in this family. My daughter is vegetarian so she only eats seafood. This looks really good. I may have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  16. I do not like fish, but maybe I should try to eat it some at least!

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    1. Try this with Tilapia, it is one of the mildest fish I know.

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  17. This sounds so healthy & delish! Another recipe I gotta add to my list of things to cook :)

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    1. Yes, I only wish I still had tomatoes from my garden!!

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  18. I admit it i did giggle :-) this looks nice cod is my favorite fish so it would be nice to give this a go :-)

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    1. Hehe glad you giggled! I hope you do give this a try!

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  19. That looks so yummy, delicious and healthy. I want to start making more family-friendly fish dishes so this is on my list, thank you

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    1. Awesome! I really think you will love how easy and tasty it is!

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  20. The presentation looks amazing! And i love the fact that it's a healthy food too!

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  21. what a nice and new way to think of cod. beer battered is the only way i know :)

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    1. Yes, it is nice to do it a bit healthier from time to time :)

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  22. This is something I would totally make! I am loving fish right now!

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    1. Oh I think you will really love this then!!

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  23. My husband is really into fish, but I am not. I am trying really hard to find yummy fish dishes we can both enjoy. This sounds like a winner! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  24. I love seafood and I am always looking for new recipe. I love this recipe and its not very complicated.

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  25. Yummmmmm....new seafood recipes are always a good thing. This looks quite tasty! (And I chuckled.)

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  26. This recipe looks beyond delicious, and I love that you used a zombie joke in your post. You just can't beat that.

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    1. When I am not cooking I am a huge zombiephile!

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