Braised Cod with Plum Tomatoes

A cod steak has a row of bones running down its center; to remove the bones, cut around them with a sharp knife, dividing the fish into two pieces.

Braised Cod with Plum Tomatoes

Photography: BEATRIZ DA COSTA

Source: Martha Stewart Living

Ingredients

  • Four 7-ounce cod steaks, skin and bones removed
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 ripe plum tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Flat-leaf parsley, for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Sprinkle both sides of cod steaks with oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Sprinkle the tomato slices with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over high heat. When hot, add cod and tomato slices. Cook until cod steaks are golden on bottoms, about 4 1/2 minutes. Using a metal spatula, turn cod steaks and tomatoes. Add 1 cup water and the garlic; bring liquid to a simmer.

  3. Simmer until cod begins to feel firm when you press it with your finger and it starts to flake, about 4 minutes. Divide cod, tomatoes, and broth among four soup plates. Garnish with parsley, and serve.

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