Thursday, October 18, 2018

Roasted Cod with Fresh Tomato Salsa @lucyburdette

Roasted cod made by Jean-Pierre Moulle
LUCY BURDETTE: As you may have seen on Facebook or Jungle Red Writers or Instagram, I was lucky to go on a wonderful trip to Paris and Bordeaux last month, guided by former chefs at Chez Panisse. This fish dish was served as an appetizer and it was exquisite! My version didn't completely live up to the French memory, but for a quick and easy dinner, John and I both liked it a lot. (I will show you more French food pictures aka foodporn after the recipe.)

Ingredients for two servings 

Small shallot, diced
3 to 4 small or one large tomato, chopped
Tablespoon of capers
Olive oil, 2-3 tablespoons 
5 or so basil leaves, slivered
Half of one lemon

Sprinkle of dried pimento or paprika*

Half pound fresh cod

Prepare the ingredients of the salsa, mix in a bowl, and set this aside to marinate.

Preheat the oven to 400.  Spread a piece of parchment or foil in a pie plate with a little olive oil. Place the cod on the oiled parchment and sprinkle with pimento or paprika. Roast for approximately 15 minutes until the fish is white all the way through and flakes easily. 

Divide the fish into two pieces, and spread the tomato salsa over the top.

*We were introduced to a local French red chili pepper powder with a wonderful zip called Piment d'Espelette, but assuming you don't want to spring for that, a sprinkle of good paprika or cayenne would do.

Now for more food...
In the kitchen, aren't the vegetables gorgeous?

Roast baby lamb, potatoes cooked in duck fat, vegetable terrine

Salade nicoise with fresh tuna
Incredible cheese everywhere!

And chocolate!
Now if only I could figure out which characters are going to France, and why!

Death on the Menu, the 8th Key West food critic mystery, is available now from Crooked Lane Books. You can order it wherever books are sold!

A DEADLY FEAST will be out next May!


  1. Cooking lessons in Paris! How wonderful!

    1. It was very special and I feel so lucky to have had that opportunity!

  2. Sigh! I'm so jealous (although I did once visit the early-morning food markets in Paris). BTW, we took our daughter to Chez Panisse to celebrate her first birthday. She's thirty-something now. That place is iconic!

    1. I still haven't eaten there Sheila. We had reservations in 2001 when our daughter was in college--but her lacrosse coach kept them late they gave our table away! I was so sad...

  3. This dish looks delicious. I'm definitely going to try it. And the pictures of French food...swoon!

  4. Lovely.
    Funny how cod used to be the "go to" fish. I served it to my daughter who is in the restaurant industry and she looked at it with some reservation. It wasn't a fish she was used to! She found out it is just fine!

    1. Yes, it's very mild and accepts whatever flavors are around it!

  5. Cod is one of my favorites! Thanks so much for the recipe ~