EASY FISH IN VEGETABLE TOMATO SAUCE
I was so inspired by the fantastic fish recipes featured this week at #CookBlogShare (do take a look at this week’s delicious recipe collection!) that I decided to come up with a new fish recipe of my own. My Easy Fish in Vegetable Tomato Sauce is a quick and delicious meal idea the whole family will enjoy – it is zesty, tangy and can be served with potatoes, rice, pasta or even a slice of bread.
This recipe is based on a Polish dish, which is often served as part of the traditional Christmas Eve feast (you’ll find more Polish Christmas Eve dishes < HERE >), and goes by the somewhat puzzling name of ‘Greek style fish’. I have no idea if people in Greece make this dish or whether the name simply reflects the fact that tomato based sauces are not very popular in Poland but are popular in Greece (pure conjecture). My version of this recipe is a bit more spicy (I used half of a red chilli) and is made in one dish, while in the traditional recipe the fish would usually be fried separately and served with the vegetable mixture on top.
This dish is nutritious, very low in fat, and contains no gluten or dairy so it’s perfect for fish lovers with food allergies too.
This dish contains spices often used in Christmas dishes, such as allspice and a bit of cinnamon (don’t worry, it won’t taste like gingerbread!), so it’s perfect for the festive season as well as an everyday healthy dish.
I’ll be posting traditional Polish Christmas recipes (involving sauerkraut!) next week so be sure to come back then!
Yields 6 portions
10 minPrep Time
35 minCook Time
45 minTotal Time
- 500 g cod (or haddock), cut into large pieces
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1 small leek, finely chopped
- 1 small celery stalk, finely chopped
- 1 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1-2 carrots (approx. 250g), coarsely grated
- 5 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 2/3 x 400 g tin tomatoes (a little less than 1 tin)
- 3 sun-dried tomatoes (in oil), chopped
- 1 large bay leaf
- 1/3 teaspoon allspice powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- Pinch of cinnamon
- ½ red chilli (without the seeds), finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons olive oil (plus a little more for drizzling)
- 5 tablespoons white wine
- ½ cup frozen petits pois
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- To prepare the sauce, heat up the oil, add the bay leaf, onion, chilli, leek and celery and fry over a medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring often. Add the wine and cook for 2 more minutes.
- Add the carrot, red pepper, parsley, tomatoes, dun-dried tomatoes, spices (allspice, paprika, cinnamon), season to taste, stir, cover and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat, take out the bay leaf and puree the sauce partially (or until completely smooth if you prefer). Taste to check if seasoning needs adjusting (season the sauce well).
- Preheat the oven to 400 F/200 C/ gas mark 6. Place the fish pieces in a medium oven dish, pour the sauce over the fish, sprinkle with the lemon zest, drizzle with a little oil and bake for 15 minutes. Defrost and heat up the petits pois (either in the microwave or by placing in boiling water for a few minutes, but do not boil them) scatter over the dish and enjoy! Serve with potatoes, rice, bread or pasta.
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