Friday, September 27, 2019

Baked Cod with Cherry Tomatoes #recipe @LucyBurdette

 LUCY BURDETTE: Wow, this is a busy plate of dinner--I don't think I'd make it into a glamorous food magazine. But the garden was overflowing with fall veggies, and we had to use them! (You'll recognize the peach and cucumber salad, which we love...)

We don't usually eat a ton of fish, but I spotted this easy recipe on the blog and I knew a version of it was for me. Our best garden crop this year was little Sungold cherry tomatoes—sweet and pretty. (I use the word “our” lightly, as my hub John did most of the work this summer while I was writing.) The good thing is that cherry tomatoes are usually available in the grocery store year-round, so you can fix this bright, summery-looking meal even in the dead of winter. And it’s fast and it looks pretty! This makes dinner for two people…

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup sungold cherry or other small tomatoes
½ lb cod fillet, cut into two pieces
salt, pepper and smoked paprika to taste
1 lemon
1 large garlic clove
about 8 basil leaves
1 tablespoon capers

Heat the oven to 400.

Chop the garlic into largish pieces. Slice the lemon. Wash the tomatoes. Sliver the basil. Rinse the fish and pat it dry.

Pour the olive oil into an 8 by 8 glass dish. Add the tomatoes, lemon, and garlic and push this all around until the pieces are nicely oiled. Move the vegetables to the sides of the pan and add the cod pieces. Season the fish with fresh pepper, a sprinkle of salt, and smoked paprika.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the fish is done to your liking—we like it white and easily flakable, so I left it in for 18 minutes.

Lucy Burdette writes the Key West food critic mystery series, featuring fiesty food critic Hayley Snow. Number 9, A DEADLY FEAST, is in stores and online everywhere. THE KEY LIME CRIME will be published next summer. 

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  1. In case you don't know, I missed my regular posting day because I'm in Ireland and I haven't been out to fill the pantry. Thank you, Lucy, for bailing me out--I'll be back in a few days, once I get some food in the house!

  2. This sounds perfect. The tomatoes should work well with the cod.