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)

evelynjcooper's picture

We didn't think that this recipe was anything special. It's good for an every day mid-week meal, a standard cod in a tomato sauce dish. There wasn't enough sauce for 4 people so if i were to make it again then I'd increase the sauce ingredients.

supercook69's picture

mmm this was lovely!!!! Cooking without garlic is unheard of for me :)
I did, at first make the sauce without it, but found it alittle to sweet. I re-read some comments & decided to do what I should of in the first place, add garlic. Much nicer, I think. I used Pollock as Cod is to expensive, it was a lovely dish & I will make again & recommend

strettona's picture

Delicious and simple new way to cook fish with store cupboard ingredients. Served it with rice and brocolli.

arranfabulous's picture

I did this a week ago as per the recipe and it was fabulous. Had some cod again this week so i tweaked it a little, omitted the thyme and put in a teaspoon of fennel seeds and a couple of wedges of lemon which made a nice change. Served it with garlic roasted baby new potatoes. Super easy recipe for in the week, throw everything into baking trays and let it do it's thing.

sherlock19780's picture

Made this last night and was very easy and quick to make - definitely one for a weeknight. Possibly not needing the sugar in the sauce as I find tinned toms reasonably sweet anyway.

rhl500's picture

I add chorizo to the sauce at the start and blanched green beans towards the end and serve with rosemary parmentier potatoes to make this a complete meal.

heyfelli's picture

this is just lovely! had it with basmati rice! mmm

kev261266's picture

I made this last night, and added some finely chopped Chorizo and a small chopped red bell pepper. Absolutely fantastic, the Thyme really does add a special taste. Served with steamed sprouting Broccoli, the whole family loved it (even my 4 yr old daughter ate the lot ).

I make a sauce like this to go on pizza bases, but normally would use dried Oregano.The Fresh Thyme really does make all the difference.

The food looked really pretty too, when plated up.

picklemctickle's picture

Wife ate, Kids ate, I ate. Tasty, simple and healthy. Give it a raz peeps. V. V. good.

kuifke's picture

Tomato sauce! Always to my taste. Very nice

loopy08's picture

So simple, yet really tasty. I made double the sauce though, as I knew one tin of toms would not be enough for
4 pieces of fish. As others suggested I serve with brown rice and vegetables.

sjw1970's picture

To spice up this dish, I sometimes add a sliced red chillie when frying the onions. This has become a fav, and a quick mid week dinner dish.

rturner's picture

Made this loads and it's always a winner. Mostly serve with couscous and veg and always add some chilli to add a bit of a kick.

joelle23's picture

So simple yet very tasty. Made this when I had cod in but didn't know what to do with it. The fact that I had the rest of the ingredients in the cupboard was such a bonus. The fish was cooked beautifully.

bonbon-1975's picture

Tried this last nite & after looking at other comments decided to add a bit more flavour incase it turned out too bland! I added 2-3 crushed garlic cloves and one red chilli finely chopped to the oil for couple of minutes bfr adding the onion just to infuse the flavour but other than that followed the recipe exactly and it turned out lovely!! really simple to make & healthy too!! will defenetly be using this again - might try it with chicken pieces aswell next time! :)

cookiegalore's picture

Not sure what people are raving about. I found this to be bland and boring. Wont be making it again. The best bit were the sauteed potatoes i made to go with it.

lisawebber's picture

Great receipe - will definitely be making it again and trying out different fish.

I used cod from frozen and just simmered it for slightly longer so this is a great store cupboard option as well as very tasty.

linw333's picture

Very unpleasant, I'm afraid!
None of us liked this dish at all! Iam so disappointed after reading all the great reviews.

ewanwallace1's picture

Very easy, quick and delicious.


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