Updated on Oct. 8, 2020 with new photography and refined recipe.
This dinner looks elegant, yet the single skillet of the main dish makes it a breeze to put together and to clean up after the meal is complete. It’s quite simple for a weeknight dinner or a last-minute recipe that can wow your friends in a pinch. Plus, it’s completely Whole30 compatible and ready in less than 30 minutes.
I especially like to introduce this recipe to people who don’t think they like fish or who are turned away by the ingredient list – not everyone thinks they like capers. All of the Mediterranean flavors come together in creating a sauce for the fish that is light, yet bold.
- 1 small onion
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- ½ cup kalamata olives
- 2 to 4 cod portions
- Avocado oil
- Kosher salt
- Cracked black pepper
- Fresh parsley (optional)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
While oven is preheating, thinly slice onion. Half cherry tomatoes and kalamata olives. Heat about 2 tablespoons of avocado oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.
Sauté onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Add sliced garlic cloves, tomatoes and olives. Cook for an additional 7 to 10 minutes, until tomatoes start to break down a bit and release their liquid.
Juice one lemon into the pan and nestle cod pieces into the center. Drizzle with a bit more olive oil and season well with kosher salt and cracked black pepper.
Place pan in preheated oven and bake for 14 to 16 minutes, until cod is cooked through.
Remove from the oven, top with fresh, chopped parsley (optional) and serve with roasted carrots or the sides of your choice.
For the Pesto Carrots:
1 bunch rainbow carrots
2 to 3 tablespoons avocado oil
Cracked black pepper
½ cup prepared pesto (optional) for serving
Wash and/or peel carrots, as needed. Toss carrots with oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on a parchment-lined roasting pan. Roast in 400 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes, turning halfway through roasting to get even browning.
Plate carrots and top with prepared pesto, as desired. Serve.