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Course: main course
Total time: a day or more
Skill level: Easy
Cost: Moderate
Yield: Makes 4 servings
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Here, salt cod (bacalao) is simmered with the fragrant Spanish aromas of garlic, bay, and saffron to a lovely tenderness


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 leeks, white part only, finely sliced
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb 2 oz (500g) baking potatoes, peeled and diced
  • generous pinch of saffron
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1¾ lb (800g) thick-cut salt cod, soaked, drained, and cut into 4 pieces
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley


1. Heat the oil in a large, shallow flameproof casserole over medium-low heat. Add the onion and leek and cook, stirring often, about 5 minutes, until tender.

2. Stir in the tomatoes and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the potatoes, saffron, and bay leaves, and season well with salt and pepper.

3. Place the salt cod, skin side up, on the vegetables. Pour in the wine and 1 cup water. Bring to a simmer. Cook, shaking the casserole every 5 minutes or so to release gelatin from the fish to thicken the sauce, for about 25 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.

4. Sprinkle with parsley and serve hot, from the casserole.

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Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving

Nutritional information is based on 1/8 teaspoon added salt per serving.

849kcal (42%)
386mg (39%)
54mg (90%)
168mcg RAE (6%)
304mg (101%)
14370mg (599%)
2g (12%)
15g (24%)
8mg (42%)