Spiced Cod Steamed Beneath Spinach


Spiced Cod Steamed Beneath Spinach imported from Recipe Import

Preparation time: 

30 minutes

Cooking time: 

30 minutes


  cod filets*
1 pn salt
1 T flour (heaping)
1 1⁄4 t turmeric
7 T olive oil
1⁄2 c onion (finely chopped)
1 clv garlic (finely chopped)
1 oz gingerroot, fresh (peeled, minced)
1 1⁄2 t cumin
2 t coriander
1 lb tomatoes (peeled, chopped)
1 pn black pepper, freshly ground
5 T tomatoes (passata) (sieved)
1⁄2 t caster sugar
7 oz spinach, fresh (washed, remove stems)


For this recipe, use 1 lb 8 oz to 1 lb 12 oz 1-inch thick filets of cod, halibut or sea bass. Cut the filet into 4 inch squares

Coat the washed and patted dry spinach leaves with some olive oil or melted butter.

Season the fish with salt and lightly coat it with flour and 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric.

Heat 5 tablespoons of the oil in a deep saucepan set over low heat. Cook the fish, in batches if necessary, for 30 seconds on each side and set aside.

Add the remaining oil to the pan. Gently sauté the onion, garlic and two thirds of the ginger for 7 minutes or until the onions are soft but not brown.

Stir in the remaining turmeric, the cumin, coriander, tomatoes and seasonings to taste. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

Off the heat, return the fish to the pan, spooning over the tomato mixture. Mix the sieved tomatoes with salt, pepper and the sugar, then spoon it over the fish. Add the remaining ginger.

Arrange the spinach on top leaving no gaps at the edges. Cover the pan with a lid.

Before serving:

When you are about ready to serve the dish, return the pan to a low to medium heat. Cook for about 6 minutes or until the fish has cooked through and the spinach has flopped.

Fresh light and colorful; this dish is a marvelous showcase for healthy eating. It is easy to make in the bargain and, because you can prepare most of it in advance (up to the Before serving step), good for entertaining. The fish is seared in oil and spice to start, then finished by steaming beneath layers of spinach. Tomatoes assist in creating a moist atmosphere. There are two shopping tips to pass on: the first is to avoid baby spinach - larger leaves are preferable here; the second is to buy cod fillet that is thick cut and skinless.

Source: "Sofra Cookbook - Modern Turkish and Middle East Cooking" by Huseyin Ozer



Total time
1 hour
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