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Pan-Seared Mediterranean Cod in Tomato Basil Sauce

That’s the essence we’ve captured in this delightful Pan-Seared Mediterranean Cod in Tomato Basil Sauce. This dish combines the fresh, light flavors of cod with a rich, aromatic tomato basil sauce that’s sure to transport your taste buds to a coastal paradise.

The first time I prepared this dish, I was trying to recreate a memory from our honeymoon in Greece. My husband and I dined at a small taverna overlooking the Aegean Sea, and the simple yet exquisite flavors left an indelible mark on us. Bringing those flavors to our dinner table at home was like reliving that magical evening all over again. The kids love it too, as the sauce is perfect for mopping up with some crusty bread.

Recipe Summary

This Pan-Seared Mediterranean Cod in Tomato Basil Sauce is a quick and healthy dish that’s packed with flavor. Fresh cod fillets are seared to perfection and then simmered in a luscious tomato basil sauce. The combination of juicy tomatoes, fragrant basil, and tender cod makes for a meal that’s both light and satisfying.

Exciting Story

On a rainy Saturday afternoon, while reminiscing about our travels, I decided to bring a touch of the Mediterranean into our kitchen. The pantry was stocked with fresh tomatoes, basil, and a lovely piece of cod. As I started cooking, the kitchen filled with the intoxicating aroma of garlic and tomatoes simmering in olive oil. My husband peeked in, drawn by the scent, and the kids quickly followed. By the time we sat down to dinner, the rain outside was forgotten, replaced by the warmth and joy of a meal that transported us back to our Mediterranean adventure.

Why This Pan-Seared Mediterranean Cod?

Selling Points:

  • Healthy and Light: A nutritious meal that doesn’t compromise on flavor.
  • Quick and Easy: Perfect for a weeknight dinner.
  • Mediterranean Flavors: Brings a taste of the Mediterranean to your table.


2 cod fillets
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional for heat)
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 cup vegetable or chicken broth
1/4 cup white wine (optional)
Juice of 1 lemon
Fresh basil leaves for garnish

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Prepare the Cod:

Pat the cod fillets dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper on both sides.
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the cod fillets to the skillet and sear for about 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

Prepare the Sauce:

In the same skillet, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.
Add the chopped onion and sauté until translucent, about 3 minutes.
Add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes, and sauté for another 30 seconds until fragrant.
Stir in the halved cherry tomatoes and cook until they begin to soften and release their juices, about 5 minutes.
Pour in the vegetable or chicken broth and white wine (if using), and bring to a simmer. Let it cook for about 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
Stir in the chopped basil and lemon juice, and cook for another 2 minutes.

Combine and Serve:

Return the seared cod fillets to the skillet, nestling them into the tomato basil sauce.
Spoon some of the sauce over the cod fillets and let them heat through for about 2 minutes.

Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve immediately.

This Pan-Seared Mediterranean Cod in Tomato Basil Sauce pairs wonderfully with a side of crusty bread, rice, or a fresh green salad. Enjoy the burst of Mediterranean flavors in every bite!

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