Seared Cod with Lively White Wine Tomato Basil Sauce

Get ready to make a super tasty fish dish that’s perfect for any day of the week! This recipe is all about cooking a soft and flaky cod fish in a yummy sauce made with tomatoes, white wine, and basil. It’s not too hard to make, and it’s filled with flavors that will make your mouth water. Whether you’re cooking for yourself, your family, or friends, this dish is sure to be a big hit. Let’s dive in and start cooking this delicious meal together!


For the White Wine Tomato Basil Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes for a hint of heat
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced for a rich aroma
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved for a burst of sweetness
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine, adding a depth of flavor
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped for a fragrant touch
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, for brightness
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, for citrusy zing
  • Half a teaspoon of salt, adjusting according to your taste preferences.
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, to balance the acidity
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
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For the Cod:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, for searing
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds fresh cod, cut into 4 fillets, seasoned with salt and pepper

Let’s Cook:

  1. Sauce Preparation:
    • Warm 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the crushed red pepper flakes and minced garlic, sautéing until the garlic is fragrant but not browned.
    • Stir in the halved cherry tomatoes, cooking until they start to soften and release their juices.
    • Pour in the dry white wine, letting it simmer and reduce slightly, which will infuse the tomatoes with flavor.
    • Mix in the chopped basil, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, sugar, and black pepper. Simmer the sauce for a few minutes to let the flavors meld. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  2. Cod Cooking:
    • In a separate skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Season both sides of the cod fillets with salt and pepper.
    • Place the cod in the skillet, searing each side until golden and the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 3-4 minutes per side, depending on thickness.
  3. Combine and Serve:
    • Once the cod is cooked, pour the white wine tomato basil sauce over the fillets.
    • Serve promptly, optionally garnished with additional fresh basil.

Enjoy this Seared Cod with White Wine Tomato Basil Sauce as a delightful meal that’s sure to impress with its elegant flavors and simple preparation. Ideal for a comforting dinner or a memorable celebration!