Friday, June 22, 2012

Cod with potato, onion and salsa

Great one dish cassarole with any kind of mild fish!

Since we are still working on the kitchen remodel I am cooking simple things that don't take too much prep time or pans. This fish dish is a great one pan meal which is satisfying after a long day of work yet light and not overly filling. It is pescatarian-friendly (for those who eat veggies and fish) and lactose free so it is good for all of my family members.
I wanted fish with salsa but I did not want it on rice, as we usually enjoy it. We have had our fair share of rice while the kitchen has been torn up since we have a rice cooker that we could use even after we were stove-less and oven-less. But not that our oven is installed, I thought I might combine two ways I like to serve fish together. So I prepared a potato,tomato and onion layer and placed some cod fillets on it, topping it all off with a generous amount of salsa. I made a large portion, as usual so we could have leftovers. Then last night we had surprise visitors who came to stay with us a few days. They were in town for a test at the university and found all of the hotels were full with evacuees from the fires so they happily came to visit with us. Anyway, I feel funny serving leftovers to guests but they wanted to try this fish dish and they said they really enjoyed it.

First, a note on the fish choice. I used Alaskan Cod but this would work great with any firm white fish.Inexpensive fish with a mild flavor is a great choice.Of course, it would be great with mahi mahi or halibut but honestly if I pay for better fish like that I want the fish to stand out a little more than it does in this dish. So best bet is to buy frozen cod when it is on sale and have it on hand for that night you want a quick easy fish dinner.

For the potatoes in this dish, I had russets on hand so I used those. Russets are nice and flaky so the comliment the fish well. But if you want more pronouced slices of potato choose one that will hold its shape better like the waxier white or red. If you go with white or red, don't pre bake. Instead, boil whole for a few minutes( 5-10 depending on the size).

By the way, you could also add a can of green chilies or a diced sweet bell pepper to the potato layer.

This photo does not look that great but it is very tasty!

Fish with potato, onion and salsa

3 large russet or white potatoes*

1 large onion, sliced into slivers

1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1-2 Tablespoon olive oil or canola oil

14oz ish can of diced tomato, I like fire roasted, along with juice

2 lb.  cod or other firm, mild, white fish

½ tsp. each lemon pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Herb de province or other herb blend

½ cup white wine, optional

Drizzle of olive oil

Sprinkle of paprika, hot is best here

Salt and pepper to taste ( I use about ¾ tsp of salt and generous grinding of pepper)

8 oz. favorite salsa

Splash of lime juice

*I like to pre- cook potatoes using the microwave. Scrub potatoes and cut an X in the ends. Microwave on high for 7 minutes. Let cool and then peel and slice thin. If you prefer not to use microwave you could bake them until almost done or slice and fry them until almost tender. You could boil potatoes whole for a few minutes but dry them well. The key is to get them a bit tender but not mushy or completely cooked.

Preheat oven to 400

Heat large shallow sauté pan and add a bit olive oil and onion. Cook on low for about 7 minutes until soft. Add garlic, stir and heat for 30 seconds.

In a large rectangular dish (I like to line with aluminum foil) layer precooked potatoes, onions, and tomatoes. Place cod fillets on top and drizzle with wine and olive oil. Sprinkle paprika, salt and pepper.

 Cover with salsa and tightly seal with foil.

Place in oven for 20-28 minutes or so until fish flakes easily with fork. The time really depends on the thickness of the fillets so the only way to know is to check after 18-20 minutes and see if it flakes. Continue checking every few minutes.  Serve hot with bread and salad.


  1. Yum, Denise! A clever and easy way to prepare this fish. Looks great.

    1. Thank you so much for coming by and commenting!

  2. I love cod! I also love recipes that are simple and require minimal clean up. Good luck with your renovations.

  3. I am trying to find more recipes with fish and this does sound delicious. Thanks for sharing it. I'd like to add my best wishes for your renovations. I'm sure things are very chaotic right now but when everything is done it will be lovely. I hope to get a brand new kitchen one of these days, ours is badly in need of a pick-me-up.

    1. Yes, I needed something different than my typical fish and rice. Yes, I am juggling several jobs here at once but we are getting so close!!Thank you.

  4. Sorry I missed your several posts. Looks like you are done with the remodel? I hope your summer has been good. I'm always running around with the kids for some activities all day long and got sun burn already. My family loves fish and this cod with potatoes sounds yummy. I love potatoes in a dish. Salsa makes it more summery dish as well. Looks yum!!!

    1. No worries :-)I know summer can get so busy but it is that special time of year when so many good memories are made.Our kitchen should be done in a week or so but all the appliances are in and running so I am cooking again!! Yay!!Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Yum! I love the addition of salsa to spruce up this rather plain fish. A very complete and balanced meal perfect for summer lunching!

    1. I am glad that you like it. Thanks!!