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codzucchinismallI have to confess ~ I have a fear of fish. It happened a long time ago. I bought a beautiful flounder, dusted it with a little flour, fried it, tried it and cried over it. It was so bad, even my faithful, I’ll eat anything cat turned up her nose. Since that time I indulged my passionate love of fish by always ordering fish in restaurants. In fact, when I’m in France and eating at  a restaurant, I always order the fish of the day dish and I have NEVER been disappointed. The French know fish and they have fabulous fish recipes. Here is one that is not only fabulous, it is fail-proof. I did it. Believe me. Et voila:

Cod with Zucchini and Tomatoes ~ Cabillaud aux Courgettes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cod fillets
  • 4 small zucchini
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • flat leaf parsley
  • salt and freshly ground pepper

Preparation:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cut a small x on he bottom of each tomato. Using a slotted spoon, dip the tomatoes into the boiling water.
  2. Remove, drain and rinse under cold water. Peel the tomatoes. Cut in half, gently squeeze out some of the seeds and then dice.
  3. Wash the zucchini and slice them into rounds.
  4. In  a large pot or dutch oven, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook for a minute or two. DO NOT let it brown.
  5. Add the zucchini, tomatoes and parsley. Stir and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. While the zucchini is cooking. Prepare a steam basket. Place the fish in the basket and steam for about 12 minutes.

To serve:

Divide the zucchini/tomato mixture among 4 plates. Place a cod fillet on top. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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