Prep 45 mins
Cook 25 mins
I just LOVE salt cod! This recipe is a simple but tasty dish that originates in Spain, but there are similar recipes in many hispanic countries. Don't be put off by the salt cod - it looks and smells strange at first, but the finished recipes are delicious! Time does not include 8-12 hours soaking time. NOTE: Bacalao can be found at most italian grocers. There is plastic bagged bacalao, but the best comes in a wooden crate and is sold by the piece. It gets quite pricy, but is worth the extra cost. :--)
- 13 ounces salt cod fish (bacalao)
- 1 red pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1⁄4 cup dry white wine
- 2 ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley, chopped
- Soak the salt cod in plenty of water for 8-12 hours, changing the water five or six times. This will remove excess saltiness.
- Add the cod to a pan of boiling water and boil for 5 minutes. Drain and leave for 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle.
- Remove skin and flake the fish into large pieces, removing any bones. Place in a bowl.
- Preheat the grill. Cut the red pepper into quarters and grill, skin-side-up, until the skin blackens and blisters. Place in a plastic bag and leave to cool, then peel away the skin. Slice thinly.
- Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat, add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes our till transparent. Add garlic, chili flakes and paprika and cook for 1 minute.
- Increase heat to high and add white wine, simmer for 30 seconds. Reduce heat add the tomato and tomato paste and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until thick.
- Add the cod, cover and simmer for about 5 minutes. Gently stir in the sliced pepper and parsley.
- Taste before seasoning with salt. Serve hot.