Braised Cod With Chickpeas

"From "Shabat Shalom" by Susan Friedland, this is a typical Moroccan-Jewish dish. It's great as a main course, or would serve 8 as a starter. Prep time does not include time for making dried chickpeas (if you choose to use them)."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins




  • If using canned chickpeas, rinse and drain them.
  • Combine the cooked or canned chickpeas in a saucepan with the garlic, peppers (or pepper flakes), 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and 1/4 cup of water, bring to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Remove and discard the red peppers.
  • Add the cumin to the chickpeas and spread half the chickpea mixture in the bottom of a 9" square baking dish.
  • Place the fish on top, sprinkle with salt and pepper, cover the fish with the remaining chickpeas, drizzle the remaining olive oil over the top.
  • Cover the baking dish and bake for 30 minutes until the fish is just flaky but not falling apart (check after 20 minutes).
  • Serve hot, garnished with sprigs of parsley or cilantro and lemon wedges.

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  1. Mme M
    This is a really good, nicely flavored family dish. The chickpeas soak in all the flavors and go soft. The cod I cooked took only 10 minutes to be fully done, so the spices don't overpower the cod flavor. This is a dish that would be much appreciated by the young and the elderly because the texture is basically soft. Something crunchy is needed as a side dish.
  2. evelynathens
    This was very tasty and easy to make. I used salt cod fillets which I de-salted for 2 days.


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