Creamy cod bake

    1 day 1 hour 30 min

    A delicious Portuguese dish that's a cinch to make. Cod is baked in an incredibly creamy sauce. The salted cod needs to soak for 24 hours, so you need to plan ahead.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 340g dried salted cod fish
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into very small cubes
    • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
    • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 15g butter
    • 1 tablespoon plain flour
    • 250ml hot milk
    • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
    • 250ml double cream, divided
    • salt and ground black pepper to taste
    • 30g grated Parmesan cheese

    Prep:40min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Extra time:1day soaking  ›  Ready in:1day1hr30min 

    1. Soak the dried salted cod in cold water with the skin side up for 24 hours, changing the water about 4 times. Drain and discard the water.
    2. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    3. Place the cod in a pan with enough water to cover; bring to the boil and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the cod from the pan; remove and discard the skin and bones. Cut the cod into chunks and set aside.
    4. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a frying pan; cook the potatoes in the hot oil until just cooked, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen towels to drain.
    5. Pour 2 tablespoons more olive oil to the frying pan; cook the onion and garlic in the frying pan until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the cod and cook another 3 minutes; stir the potatoes into the mixture and cook another 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low.
    6. Melt the butter in a separate frying pan over medium-low heat; vigorously stir the flour into the melted butter. Slowly stream the hot milk into the mixture while stirring; cook and stir until thick. Season with the nutmeg. Pour into the frying pan with 125ml double cream; stir to coat. Allow the mixture to simmer together for about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; transfer to a small baking dish. Drizzle another 125ml double cream over the mixture; sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.
    7. Bake in the preheated oven until the top is browned, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve hot.

    Salted cod

    Can be found in Mediterranean or Carribean speciality shops.

    Alternatives to cod:

    Try this recipe with inexpensive fresh coley or pouting. They both belong to the cod family but are much cheaper and available in larger supermarkets or fishmongers.

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    All recipes changed a detail on my recipe when publishing which isn't right. You must fry the potatoes in a large (high) skillet with hot VEGETABLE OIL (enough to cover half the skillet or frying pan) just enough to cook inside, no more than 5 minutes. After this you must use a large casserole to sauté the onion in OLIVE OIL (ABOUT 1/4 CUP), not the same frying pan where you fryed the potatoes. Plus, you shall use cream, not Heavy Cream.  -  04 Apr 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Here in Portugal we call it "Bacalhau com natas", a truelly fantastic recipe in my humble opinion, we have a special cheese called "Quijo da Ilha" its a very strong flavoured cheese, but if you cant find where you live, Parmesan will do just fine. Make sure you serve it with a good wine and nice tossed green salad. It makes indeed a lovely meal.  -  14 Apr 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    We liked this. This dish turns out like fish pie or lasagna. The flavor is creamy, not very salty and the combination of potato/cheese/fish/sauce is great.  -  20 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)