Tomato & thyme cod

Tomato & thyme cod

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
Ready in 20 minutes and low fat, this fish dish is great for a Monday night when you'd rather be on the sofa than in the kitchen

Nutrition and extra info

  • If the fish was not previously frozen
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal172
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre1g
  • protein27g
  • salt1.11g
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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 1 heaped tsp light, soft brown sugar
  • few sprigs thyme, leaves stripped


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 4 cod, fillets (we like No Catch) or another white flaky fish, such as pollock



    A popular mild-flavoured saltwater fish mainly found in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Cod…


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion, then fry for 5-8 mins until lightly browned. Stir in the tomatoes, sugar, thyme and soy, then bring to the boil.

  2. Simmer 5 mins, then slip the cod into the sauce. Cover and gently cook for 8-10 mins until the cod flakes easily. Serve with baked or steamed potatoes.

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Comments (221)

niccip's picture

I followed advice and left out the soy, added garlic and olives and extra half tin of toms. Everyone enjoyed it including my 4 year old. I am a veggie so used quorn pieces...will try with tofu next time. Quick and tasty!

Helix100's picture

Not a bad recipe easy enough to make the soy sauce makes it abit bland so would recommend not using it In the sauce x

gorgeous george's picture

Tasty, healthy & easy. 5/5 for a midweek meal. I would add less sugar next time (maybe add to taste towards the end) and add alot more thyme.

saiz's picture

Beautiful and light. To be had again. ☺

Jackcfc5t's picture

It's alright

SawyerSauce's picture

Really really simple to make, and very tasty with a nice piece of fish. I didn't have any fresh thyme, but followed the others on the ingredient list and it was delicious. I was only making for 2 people, yet still used whole tin of tomatoes, so there was a bit of extra 'sauce', but would be nice with some crusty bread. I served with roasted wedges to dip in the excess tomato sauce.

bruc044's picture

Made this as per recipe except I used Pollack instead of Cod. Very easy and quick to do with lots of flavour at the end. Served with buttered green beans and "crispy garlic & rosemary slices" - also from good food.

catie74's picture

A good basic recipe. Generally leave out the soy sauce but add salt and pepper and often black olives and some garlic. The kids especially like it with rice and some fine green bean sand broccoli. We make this all year round as it is a quick midweek dinner that I know all 3 kids will eat

ten-a-penny's picture

I omitted the soy sauce and thyme as had no thyme. Made this with chorizo, garlic and smoked paprika as suggested in one of the comments. Delicious and two of the three kids loved it! Will def try again with soy and thyme. Definitely a keeper for random white fish we get I our fish box

bomba777's picture

That is a completely different recipe & a very well known one at that.

x-x-x-faerie-x-x-x's picture

All of the household, including my two year old like this, healthy, low calorie and very tasty - recommended!

chezwellington's picture

Tasty and really simple recipe. I added garlic and omitted the soy sauce and sugar. Even my super fussy kids liked it. It made a perfect lunch, served with steamed new potatoes, carrots and brocolli. I prefer origano in tomato sauces, so next time I'm going to use origano instead of thyme, and salmon filets and prawns instead of white fish, which I think are more flavoursome (and healthier!).

clgale's picture

Great midweek meal. Added bonus is that the kids absolutely love it too! Very tasty and very quick to make.

LondonerInTheKitchen's picture

Scrumptious and simple dish, which I served for a main for a night in with a friend.
Recipe slightly tweaked; additional garlic, handful more of extra thyme and straying from the soy sauce requirement. Not the most spectacular presentation on the plate, perhaps this can be worked on.

JenniG93's picture

Simple and delicious dish for those new to and practising cooking. I also added garlic and avoided the soy sauce. It went down a treat for a Monday evening dinner!

lizleicester's picture

Lost all the flavours when the soy sauce took over, even though I only put 1 tbs in. Disappointing.

Jackcfc5t's picture

I totally agree!!!!

pieshop's picture

Delicious. Added lots of garlic. Will definitely be making again! I do agree it does need just a little bit of doctoring so maybe a few olives next time, and a touch of chilli.

janetatt's picture

Delicious and simple, though it needed a bit of spicing up. Also difficult to make it look elegant, but will definitely do again.

Lord Egbut Nobacon's picture

Brilliant............garlic, a few drops of tabasco and a handful of green and black olives (unstoned) and a stonking good Chablis......heaven on earth.


Questions (1)

mamacatton's picture

made this the other night and froze it.
now i'm wondering the best way to reheat it
defrost and microwave? or boil in the bag I froze it in?
please help

Tips (1)

Red Witch's picture

I used 1 tsp of soya sauce instead of 1 tablespoon, added more thyme and a tsp of mixed herbs, plus 2 cloves of garlic. Absolutely delicious.