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Baked Cod with Tapenade and Warm Tomato Salad

Lori
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4 portions

Ingredients
  

  • FOR THE FISH
  • 4 8- ounce portions of cod fish
  • 1 cup plum tomatoes cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil and more for smearing the fish
  • 1 large shallot finely chopped
  • 1 medium garlic clove diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup tapenade
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives or parsley
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • FOR THE TAPENADE
  • 1 1/2 cups of mixed Kalamata and green olives
  • 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste optional
  • 3 tablespoons capers strained
  • 2 teaspoons of chopped parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic diced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Cognac or brandy
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • White pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Take the prepared tapenade out of the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 425°F.
  • Then prep the ingredients for the warm salad. Chop the shallots, dice the garlic, and cut the tomatoes in half.
  • Smear the cod portions with olive oil.
  • Add fresh ground pepper and salt lightly.
  • Place on a parchment-covered cookie sheet and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until the fish is cooked through. Do not over-cook or the fish will become dry.
  • While the fish is baking, heat a non-stick skillet to medium.
  • Add olive oil, shallots and garlic. Stir and cook until the aroma is noticeable.
  • Add the tomatoes and oregano. Stir and cook for 30-40 seconds.
  • Add the vinegar, sprinkle lightly with salt. Stir to distribute, then remove from the flame.
  • When the fish is baked, remove from the oven and immediately spoon a heaping teaspoon of tapenade over each portion, spreading it evenly.
  • Top with a quarter of the warm tomato salad.
  • Top with chopped chives or parsley.
  • Serve warm.

Notes

You can use a ready-made tapenade from the store or make your own. For the tapenade recipe included, place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined, scraping the sides to a couple of times.