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Pan-Seared Mediterranean Cod in Tomato Basil Sauce

By Mmm Recipes

A heartfelt celebration of Mediterranean flavors, this pan-seared cod in tomato basil sauce will take your taste buds on a sunny journey. It’s a vibrant blend of fresh herbs, sweet tomatoes, and tangy lemon, creating a dish that’s bursting with life and warmth. A delightful and versatile meal that’s perfect for any occasion!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 large cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (divided)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (more to taste)
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds fresh cod, cut into 4 fillets
  • Additional salt and pepper for seasoning


  1. Prepare the Sauce: Heat olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add red pepper flakes and garlic, sautéing for 1 minute. Toss in the cherry tomatoes and cook until softened and blistering, 9-12 minutes.
  2. Simmer: Stir in vegetable broth and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Let it simmer gently. Add basil, the remaining lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, sugar, and black pepper. Cook for 2 minutes, then set aside.
  3. Pan-Sear the Cod: Heat more olive oil in another pan over medium heat. Season the cod fillets with salt and pepper. Cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side.
  4. Serve: Pour the tomato basil sauce over the cod, warm for a minute, and serve.


  • Fresh basil offers the best flavor, but dried can be used if needed.
  • To keep the fish intact, flip gently with a thin spatula after the cod forms a crust.