Sicilian-Style Saffron Cod with Burst Tomatoes

Sicilian-Style Saffron Cod with Burst Tomatoes
  • 4Servings


  • A fat pinch saffron threads
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup dry or citrusy crisp white wine
  • 4 6 ounce pieces cod or black bass, preferably sustainable, skin removed
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 - 2 anchovies (optional)
  • Crusty bread


In a small pot, steep the saffron in the stock over medium-low while you make the sauce.

In a large skillet with a lid, heat the EVOO, two turns of the pan, over medium-high. Add the onion, garlic and bay leaf; season with salt and pepper. Stir until the onion softens, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes; cover and cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until the tomatoes burst, about 10 minutes. (With a spoon, break up any tomatoes that haven't burst.) Stir in the wine and saffron stock; simmer until the liquid reduces slightly, 1 to 2 minutes.

Season the fish with salt and pepper; add to the skillet. Cover and poach until the fish is cooked through, 6 to 7 minutes. Remove the bay leaf.

Meanwhile, on a cutting board, make a gremolata by chopping together the parsley, citrus zests and anchovies, if using.

Divide the fish and the sauce among bowls. Sprinkle with the gremolata. Serve with the bread.