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Cod Baked in Tomato-Feta Sauce

Today's recipe comes to us from Kevin Lynch of Toronto, Canada… a FoodBuzz featured publisher whose blog, Closet Cooking, presents a wealth of great recipes.
As Kevin says about it, “The flavors in this dish are some of my Greek favorites, including tomatoes, feta, oregano, and a healthy dose of fresh herbs, especially dill. I even spiked the tomato sauce with a hit of ouzo, a Greek star anise flavored liqueur, which adds a hint of something exotic.”
“The tomato sauce is started in a pan and cooked until it starts to thicken and then it is poured over the fish before baking. This helps to ensure that the fish comes out moist and tender every time. I served the fish with steamed asparagus and some crusty bread to soak up any leftover sauce.”
Kevin Lynch, author/publisher
of Closet Cooking
Cod Baked in Tomato-Feta Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes; Cook Time 40 minutes; Total Time 45 minutes
Makes 4 servings
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Chili pepper flakes (or organic paprika) to taste
1/4 cup white wine
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes or 4 cups of fresh tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon dried organic oregano
1 splash ouzo or other anise liqueur (optional)
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
4 (6 oz each) wild Alaskan cod fillets or 24 oz of cod pieces
Crusty bread
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  • Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and sauté until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and chili pepper flakes and sauté until fragrant, about a minute.
  • Add the white wine and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, oregano and ouzo and simmer until the sauce just starts to thicken, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, mix in the herbs, feta and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place the cod fillets in a baking dish and pour the tomato sauce over them.
  • Bake in pre-heated 350 F oven until the fish is cooked, about 10-12 minutes. The cod will be cooked when it flakes easily and it is no longer translucent.
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