Portuguese-Style Baked Fish

"My mom makes this and its also very common in the Portuguese restaurants of SE New England. This is fantastic with spaghetti and even better with roasted potatoes."
photo by Rhiannon and Matt photo by Rhiannon and Matt
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  • In a skillet heat the olive oil. Add the onions, leeks, and garlic, and saute over medium heat till transparent (about 5 minutes).
  • Add peeled tomatoes, tomato paste, and seasonings. Cook for about 15 minutes over medium heat.
  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • In a baking pan pour about 1/3 of the sauce.
  • Put the fish fillets on top of the sauce. Top with the sliced green pepper.
  • Pour the wine over this and then top with lemon slices.
  • Pour the rest of the tomato sauce over all and then top with minced parsley.
  • Bake this for about 25 minutes, or until the fish is done and the sauce is bubbly. Serve with pasta or potatoes. This is great!

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  1. mlfreeborn
    Great combination of flavors. I loved the baked, sliced lemon in it and would never have put cumin, oregano and rosemary together, but love them all, and it works! I made it as per the recipe and served with boiled new potatoes in their skins dressed with olive oil and salt. Different and delicous.
  2. Contul M.
    This was a nice combination of flavors and textures, but a big downside that I encountered is that the lemon skin bitters the entire dish. The slices of lemon look very nice on top of the fish, but they sure leave a bitter aftertaste. I will make this again, but this time I'll skin the lemons.
  3. Wanda D.
    Very tasty. Since fish is braised in that flavorful liquid it won't dry out, even if you cook a bit too long so it's a nice choice for when you have company. You can make the tomato sauce way ahead of time and just throw in the oven when you want to eat. Be sure to evaporate most of the liquid when making the sauce and dry fish with paper towel. With 1 cup wine it tends to be a very liquid sauce. You could remove fish and reduce sauce on the stove top before serving. Also good with rice.
  4. jdeamaral
    This is an incredible dish. 5 out of 5
  5. lildido921
    overall the recipe was very good. We did not have any wine and used apple juice as a substitute which made it too sweet for my liking. I would make this again only i would not substitute the wine. The lemons also gave it a great flavor.


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