Sicilian-Style Saffron Cod with Burst Tomatoes

Welcome summer with this light and tasty seafood dish topped with a zesty gremolata!


  • A fat pinch of saffron threads
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup dry or citrusy crisp white wine
  • 4 pieces cod or black bass (6 ounces each), preferably sustainable, skin removed
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1-2 anchovies (optional)
  • Crusty bread


In a small pot, steep the saffron in the stock over medium-low while you make the sauce.

In a large skillet with a lid, heat the EVOO, two turns of the pan, over medium-high. Add the onion, garlic and bay leaf; season with salt and pepper. Stir until the onion softens, 1-2 minutes. Add the tomatoes; cover and cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until the tomatoes burst, about 10 minutes. (With a spoon, break up any tomatoes that haven’t burst.) Stir in the wine and saffron stock; simmer until the liquid reduces slightly, 1-2 minutes.

Season the fish with salt and pepper; add to the skillet. Cover and poach until the fish is cooked through, 6-7 minutes. Remove the bay leaf.

Meanwhile, on a cutting board, make a gremolata by chopping together the parsley, citrus zests and anchovies, if using.

Divide the fish and the sauce among bowls. Sprinkle with the gremolata. Serve with the bread.

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