Dave Piccerelli's Fresh Codfish with TomatoesClick to Play

Dave Piccerelli's

Fresh Codfish with Tomatoes

Mary Ann Esposito


This recipe is a variation of a dish served by many Italian-Americans on Christmas Eve as part of the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Traditionally it's prepared using baccalà (dried salt cod) that has been soaked in water or milk for several days. A substitute for the codfish may be made, but you would want to stick to a fish that is boneless and light in taste when cooked.


3 gloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 can imported Italian whole plum tomatoes - crushed
1/4 cup clam juice
Red pepper flakes to taste
1/4 cup white wine
Salt & pepper to taste
Fresh nutmeg to taste (optional)

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, sweat the garlic in the olive oil for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, clam juice, red pepper flakes, wine, salt and pepper. Cook until the sauce comes to a simmer, stirring frequently to blend the flavors. Grate in some nutmeg to taste. Reduce heat to low/warm and cover.


2 lbs. fresh codfish filets
1 large sweet onion, sliced
Red pepper flakes to taste
Fresh rosemary — two six-inch sprigs
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Heavy-duty aluminum foil — piece large enough to cover your grill


Light your charcoal or gas grill. When coals are ready or, for gas grills, when the temperature reaches 375 degrees, place the foil, shiny side down, on your grill. Pour the olive oil into the center of the foil and sauté the onion with the red pepper flakes until the onions are soft. Spoon a little of the tomato sauce on the onions and place the codfish filets in a single layer on top. Cover the cod with the remaining sauce and sprinkle with the rosemary needles. Fold the sides of the foil to the center to create a covered pouch (try not to press against the fish). Check frequently for doneness. When the pouch is bubbling and the codfish becomes flaky, the dish is done. Remove to a serving platter and enjoy.

item recipe is featured in Episode 1605 of Season 16.

Want More Recipes? See My Latest Book:

Buy Ciao Italia Family Classics by Mary Ann EspositoCiao Italia Family Classics

Mary Ann returns to her family's humble beginnings to bring us a treasure trove of more than 200 time-honored recipes.

Buy it now from Amazon for just $24.00

Buy It From Amazon

A Testimonial From Mario Batali:

This collection epitomizes the tradition and love that goes into all of Mary Ann Esposito's cooking. Like her award-winning TV series, this book will live on for years with all of those who cook her delicious recipes. My kids love everything Mary Ann cooks!"


Leave a comment

There are no comments yet.

Leave a Comment