Poached Cod, Greek-style


This recipe for poached cod is a little more involved, poaching the fish with onions and tomatoes.

300ml olive oil

2 onions, thinly sliced

3 large well-flavoured tomatoes, roughly chopped

100gm chopped kalamata olives

3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

5 ml granulated sugar

5 ml chopped fresh dill

5 ml chopped fresh mint

5 ml fresh celery leaves

15ml chopped fresh parsley

300ml cups water

6 cod steaks

juice of 1 lemon

salt and freshly ground black pepper

extra dill, mint or parsley to garnish


Heat the oil in a large, shallow pan and cook the onions until pale golden. Stir in the tomatoes, garlic, olives, sugar, dill, mint, celery leaves and parsley. Pour over the water. Season with salt and pepper, then simmer, uncovered, for 25 minutes, until the liquid has reduced by one-third.

Add the cod steaks and cook gently for 10-12 minutes, until the fish is just cooked. Remove from the heat and pour over the lemon juice. Cover and leave to stand for about 20 minutes before serving. Arrange the cod in a dish and spoon the sauce over the top.

Garnish with herbs and serve warm or cold.

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