Skillet Tomato-Braised Cod with Bell Peppers and Ouzo

This healthy cod recipe marries a lot of freezer and pantry staples into a delicious one-pan meal that's Mediterranean diet-friendly. Keep frozen cod, frozen peppers, and a jar of whole plum tomatoes on hand to make this anytime.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ large red onion, sliced

  • 3 cups frozen sliced mixed peppers

  • ¼ cup ouzo

  • 1 (18 ounce) can whole plum tomatoes

  • ¼ cup water

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 4 (4 ounce) frozen cod fillets, thawed


  1. Combine olive oil, onion, and bell peppers in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook gently until softened, stirring occasionally, 5 to 10 minutes. Pour in ouzo and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, allowing alcohol to evaporate. Add plum tomatoes and lightly crush with the back of a spoon until broken apart. Add water and mint, then season with salt and pepper. Simmer gently until sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes.

  2. Increase heat to medium-high. Nestle cod fillets in the sauce and spoon some sauce over top. Cook, turning once halfway through, until fish flakes easily with a fork, 8 to 10 minutes.


Cook's Notes:

If you don't have ouzo, you can use vodka or white wine. The anise flavor of ouzo goes really well with fish, though, so try it if you can!

I served this with whole wheat couscous with pine nuts, which was a yummy combo. I think it'd also be great with rice or good bread.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

340 Calories
18g Fat
22g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 340
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 265mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 71mg 356%
Calcium 79mg 6%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 729mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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