I’ve been cooking more fish this year, but my catalog of recipes is small. This is a good fall fish dish because the blistered tomato sauce is hearty, and cod makes me think of fish and chips. Even though this one is much, much healthier. It’s a recipe from Baker by Nature.

For the White Wine Tomato Basil Sauce:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 large cloves (or 3 smaller cloves) garlic, finely minced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (more to taste)

For the Cod:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 and 1/2 pounds fresh cod, cut into 4 fillets (or four 6 ounce fillets)
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F).

For the White Wine Tomato Basil Sauce:
Heat oil in a large non-stick saute pan over medium heat. Add crushed red pepper flakes and garlic and saute for 1 minute, or until garlic is fragrant.


Add the cherry tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until they’re soft and blistering, but still hold their shape, about 12 minutes.



Add in the white wine, stir, and allow the mixture to come to a light simmer. Stir in the basil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper and cook for 2 minutes.


Transfer the sauce into a bowl and set aside until needed.

For the Cod:
Heat oil in a large non-stick saute pan over medium heat. Season both sides of cod with salt and pepper. Place cod in the oil and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Carefully flip the cod over and place the pan in the oven to continue cooking for another 5 minutes, or until it’s cooked through. (Try not to make yours fall apart when serving, like I did, which is why the only finished photo is in the pan. Still delicious, though).

Pour the white wine tomato basil sauce over the cod and serve at once.