Cod with Potatoes and Salsa Verde

Hake or cod cheeks in salsa verde are one of the most adored dishes in Basque country. The version here, adapted from chef Francis Paniego, calls for cod fillet instead.

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  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for frying
  • 3/4 pound small golden new potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
  • Sea salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 1/2 pounds cod fillet, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large skillet, warm 1/3 inch of oil over moderate heat. Add the potatoes, onion and a generous pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 20 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the potatoes and onion to 4 bowls; keep warm.

  2. Strain the oil through a fine sieve into a heatproof bowl, then return it to the skillet. Add the garlic and cook over moderately low heat until golden, 5 minutes. Discard the garlic. Add the cod to the skillet and cook, turning once, until just white throughout, 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, add the cod to the potatoes.

  3. Pour off all but 1/3 cup of the oil from the skillet and let cool slightly. Stir in the 1/4 cup of oil and the water and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Stir in the parsley and season with salt. Spoon the salsa verde over the fish and potatoes and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Try it with a floral rosé from Rioja.

Contributed By Photo © Con Poulos Published October 2013

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