Cod Puttanesca with Spinach and other yummy things

Marvellous-Mother-In-Law and my “lockdown lunch club” is still going strong every Sunday. We often use this alternative hosting opportunity to try out new recipes on each other. Usually they are a great success but I still remember the time when MMIL bravely finished an extremely salty Asian dish I made for her once. That’s real friendship for you! This was my most recent offering: Cod Puttanesca… and very tasty it was too with a pleasant hint of heat. It is also well under 500 calories – a bonus at this “let’s get healthy” time of year. We finished the meal with a calorific pudding but am sure you are more sensible than us!!

Cod Puttanesca with Spinach

Recipe by Grace




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Tuck into a healthy seafood dish in half an hour. A healthy yet scrummy combo of low-fat, high-protein white fish and a lipsmacking Puttanesca sauce


  • 1 white or red onion , sliced

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • Half red chilli , deseeded and finely chopped

  • Garlic clove, chopped

  • 200g cherry tomatoes , halved

  • 2 tbspn capers, drained

  • 6 olives, pitted and halved

  • 2 skinless cod loins

  • 160g baby spinach leaves

  • small handful chopped parsley, to serve

  • Half tin of anchovies, drained

  • Tbspn balsamic drizzle

  • Juice of half a lemon

  • 200g of tinned black beans


  • Preheat the oven to 190°C, fan 170°C, gas 5
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the onion, garlic, chilli and anchovies together for 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened.
  • Add the cherry tomatoes, beans, capers, olives and most of the parsley, then bring to a simmer and cook for 5 mins or so until the tomatoes are softened. Fold through the spinach. If your frying pan isn’t ovenproof, transfer the sauce to a medium baking dish.
  • Drizzle over the balsamic and lemon juice and then nestle the cod loins into the sauce. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes until the fish is opaque and flaky. Drizzle the fish with a little olive oil and sprinkle with parsley to serve.

Cook’s Tip

  • You could also use butter beans or flageolet if you prefer them/have them in your cupboard

If you like cod, you will probably like this Miso baked cod recipe which is bursting with umami deliciousness!

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Calli Webber
Calli Webber
1 year ago

Cod Puttanesca with Spinach – thank you for recipe but what to do with the spinach – directions do not say!

Annabel & Grace
1 year ago
Reply to  Calli Webber

Hi Calli, sorry I think I would forget my head if it wasn’t screwed on today! Have added info – basically, fold it through the sauce before you add the cod. Best wishes, Grace

Paulette Calder
Paulette Calder
1 year ago

Nice recipe and easy. I have tried it with salmon and that was good too.

Annabel & Grace
1 year ago

Hi Paulette – thanks for letting us know and really good to hear it works well with salmon (ie an oily fish that’s so good for us). Best wishes, Grace