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Baked Cod with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Olives

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 6
Calories 256 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 pounds Fresh Cod fillet
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
  • 12 ounces package of fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, sliced
  • 8 large pepperoncini, sliced
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 3 small dried hot peppers or crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (optional)
  • 1 bunch fresh herbs (parsley, dill, basil... any combination of what you like)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, then pour olive oil into your favorite baking dish that fits the size of your fillet. Take a handful of the baby spinach and smooth the oil around the surfaces of the dish then add the rest of the spinach to form a fluffy bed for your fish.
  • Lay out your fillet (or fillets if you could not find a single large one) on the spinach bed lengthwise in the dish, skin-side down. Sprinkle with sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste, then drizzle with olive oil.
  • What happens next can be enjoyed with guests... Decorate the fish fillet with the slices of olives, sun-dried tomatoes, pepperoncini and optionally the pine nuts. Break open and add the dried hot pepper or sprinkle with pepper flakes. Enjoy this part of the process. You don't want to cover all the surface of the fish, just decorate it in patterns. If you have small pepperoncini, you might add those whole.
  • Fresh herb finale! Chop the fresh herbs or tear into pieces then sprinkle it liberally over the fish. If the oven is ready, or when it is, pop it in uncovered! Set timer for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes take the dish out of the oven. Crumble the feta evenly over the fish and return to the oven.
  • Check again in 5 to 10 minutes depending on how much cooking you think the fish needs. Note: less is more. I like when my cod is white along the edges but translucent in the center of the fillet... firm and juicy. When you take the fish out of the oven, you can cool it on the dinner table for a few more minutes which means it will keep cooking.
  • Serve family style from the dinner table with some fun serving instruments so that everyone can get a nice piece of fish, wilted greens, and as much condiment and broth that is desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 256kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 24gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 371mgPotassium: 990mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 6405IUVitamin C: 46mgCalcium: 129mgIron: 3mg
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