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Pan-Seared Mediterranean Cod in Tomato Basil Sauce 




2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

3 large cloves garlic, finely minced

1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

1/4 cup vegetable broth

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (divided as 1 tbsp for sauce, 2 tbsp for seasoning)

1/2 cup fresh basil, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon salt (more to taste)

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (more to taste)

1 and 1/2 pounds fresh cod, cut into 4 fillets

Additional salt and pepper for seasoning


For the sauce: Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add red pepper flakes and garlic, sautéing for 1 minute. Add cherry tomatoes and cook until soft and blistering (9-12 minutes).

Stir in vegetable broth and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Let it simmer gently. Then, add basil, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, zest, salt, sugar, and black pepper. Cook for 2 minutes, then set aside.

For the cod: Heat olive oil in another pan over medium heat. Season cod with salt and pepper. Cook until golden brown (about 3 minutes each side).

Pour the tomato basil sauce over the cod, warm up for a minute, then serve.

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 25 minutes | Total Time: 35 minutes | Servings: 4 | Calories: 320 per serving❤️❤️


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