roasted fish with magic sauce

Do you know where your fish comes from?

Is it a sustainable choice?

I’m trying to get better at answering these questions before I decide to purchase a piece of fish of seafood.  There’s even an app for that, developed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium,  so that you can check while perusing your local fish monger or seafood counter.

The fish I used in this dish is Atlantic Cod, which is categorized as a “Best Choice”.  My husband likes it because it is a flaky, thick white fish.  It handles strong flavors such as the one in this sauce extremely well.

roasted fish with magic sauce

2-4 fish fillets (depending on size.  Cod is large, so 2 fillets was plenty for our family of four plus leftovers)

organic plum cherry tomatoes

magic sauce (from Heidi Swanon’s blog “101 Cookbooks”)

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon fresh oregano leaves
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
2 medium cloves of garlic, smashed into a paste
1 well-crumbled bay leaf
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon + fine grain sea salt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

warm the olive oil over medium-low heat in a skillet or pan, until it is just hot. When hot remove from heat.

While the oil is heating, lightly pulse the rosemary, thyme, and oregano in a small food processor, herb mill, or you can use a mortar and pestle as Heidi suggests.

Stir the paprika, garlic, bay leaf, red pepper flakes, and salt into the oil. Then add the herbs and lemon juice.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place fish in a large dish with sides (I used a 9 x 13 Pyrex).  Season fish with sea salt and black pepper.  Brush fish with magic sauce. Scatter tomatoes in dish alongside fish. Roast in oven until fish is done and visibly flaking, about 20 minutes.  It will all depend on the type and thickness of your fish.

Serve with extra sauce for drizzling.

*This is the first time I’ve turned on my camera to take photos of a dish, and the battery was dead!  Since dinner waits for no Canon, two of these photos were taken with my Iphone and one was taken by my husband with his Ipad.

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