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Cod with Fennel and Potatoes

In this recipe, all of the ingredients go into just one skillet -- and come out as one delicious meal.

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  • Servings: 4
Cod with Fennel and Potatoes

Source: Everyday Food, March 2004


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (reserve fronds for garnish)
  • 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled, halved lengthwise, and thinly sliced
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 strips orange zest, 1/2-inch-wide
  • Coarse salt
  • 4 skinless, boneless cod fillets, (6 ounces each)


  1. In a 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently until onion is soft, about 7 minutes. Add tomato paste; stirring to combine. Add fennel, potatoes, chicken broth or water, and orange zest; season with salt and pepper; stirring to combine. Cover, and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

  2. Season fish with salt and pepper. Place on top of vegetables in skillet; reduce heat. Cover; simmer until fish is opaque throughout, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve with chopped reserved fennel fronds.

Reviews (6)

  • valjane 24 Jan, 2011

    I just made this, very easy and really good. I followed the recipe exactly. When my husband says "this isn't bad", I know I've got a winner!

  • Mkrobinson 14 Jan, 2011

    Nice dish. Subtle flavors but good and hearty. Kids loved it too. Was a little soupier than I'd have liked. Cod is one of my favorite but it has a high liquid content. Next time will pump up the garlic and onion for more kick and use a wine/stock mix instead of just stock. Keep them coming Martha!

  • spundy23 27 Jan, 2010

    I wonder if I could do this with a lighter fish, say, tilapia or snapper.

  • chloenzoe 26 Nov, 2009

    This dish was absolutely delicious! It was so simple to make. I will be making this dish again. Yummy!!

  • Terri08 20 Mar, 2009

    This was very good . First time trying fennel. Had a very nice flavor. Was good paired with yellow rice.

  • mochafixgold 26 Jan, 2009

    This came out really well. It reminded me of a seafood stew I had in Ireland actually. Really nice paired with couscous!

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