This Ultimate Mediterranean Cod draws from different Mediterranean cuisines and styles, but it all adds up to something so, so flavorful! The delicate and sweet cod fillets are braised in a hearty and rich tomato sauce, and then are served with a Florentine-style bed of zesty spinach. Tender, juicy, and perfectly balanced between sweet and savory, Ultimate Mediterranean Cod really does deliver up the best of what the turquoise sea offers.


  • 1 cup jarred marinara sauce
  • 2 medium zucchinis, chopped
  • 4 fillets cod (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 pound fresh spinach
  • whole-wheat dinner rolls, optional, to taste, for serving


Step 1 –In a skillet over medium heat, add the marinara sauce and the zucchini and bring the mixture to a simmer.

Step 2 –Season the cod fillets with the salt and the pepper on both sides.

Step 3 –Add the fillets to the sauce, cover the skillet, and cook until the fillets are just opaque throughout and reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, about 7 minutes.

Step 4 –While the cod cooks, in a 5-quart pot over medium heat, add the olive oil.

Step 5 –Add the garlic and the crushed red pepper to the hot oil and cook, while stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Step 6 –Add the spinach and the salt to the garlic-crushed red pepper mixture.

Step 7 –Cover the pot and cook, while stirring occasionally, until the spinach has wilted, about 5 minutes.

Step 8 –Plate the cod fillets with the zucchini and the sauce.

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Step 9 –Serve with the spinach and the whole-wheat rolls.