Super tasty marinara sauce cod fillets in the pan

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Today I am sharing with you my super tasty marinara sauce cod fillets in the pan.

It is the perfect healthy dish to make when you don't have much time because it is super easy and it is ready in under 20 minutes.

Marinara is a classic traditional sauce, common in Mediterranean countries, which is made with tomatoes, garlic and several herbs and spices.

What is the difference between tomato sauce and marinara sauce?

Check this great article from Taste of home to know more:

"If you’re looking for a simple sauce that’s not too thick and tastes like tomatoes, marinara is the way to go. Compared to tomato sauce, marinara is a quick-cooking sauce that only needs to simmer for about an hour. The most classic versions feature San Marzano tomatoes, but any plum tomatoes work well here.

It’s seasoned with plenty of garlic, crushed red pepper and basil, although many versions also include oregano. Because marinara isn’t too complex in flavour, it’s perfect for pasta and pizza (and these other marinara-based recipes). If you find a jar of spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce at the store, it’s likely a version of marinara."

Cod wouldn't normally be my first choice of fish because it is usually not sustainably sourced and not the best option for the environment.

However, my fishmonger said it was carrying the blue MSC label, which was certified sustainable so I decided to give it a go and spicy it up a bit: I put together a quick marinara sauce with everything that smells of Mediterranean sea.

My boyfriend is not a big fan of fish, but he was enthusiastic about how it turned out and he asked me to prepare it again after a few days!

It takes literally 15 minutes to make, so it is a good lifesaver recipe to have up your sleeves when you need to put together a nice meal in no time.


-2 cloves of garlic

-a tbsp of Sriracha sauce

-2 Cod fillets

-1 bag of baby plum tomatoes

-a pinch of salt

-a pinch of chilli flakes

-2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

-1 tablespoon of capers

-2 tablespoons of black olives

-a pinch of dry oregano

-Start with the sauce:

Drizzle some olive oil in a pan, add the thinly chopped garlic and the crushed chilli. Set on high heat and let the oil fry for a minute to let the aroma release.

-Cut in a half some of the baby plum tomatoes, but leave some whole and toss them in the pan.

-Add the capers, the black olives and a tablespoon of Sriracha sauce, which will give it an extra spicy twist.

-Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook for 5 minutes. The tomatoes will be softer by then and you can add the fish fillets.

-Season with a generous pinch of salt and oregano.

Don't overcook the fish, or it will lose its juicy texture: no more than 8 minutes with the lid on (for an average store-bought fillet which is usually more or less all the same size. If you have fresh fish in bigger chunks I would say no more than 12 minutes).

You will know when it is ready when it will turn white with no pink inside.

Taste with some good bread and a glass of white wine!

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