Cod with herb pesto and potato candied in oil

Cod with herb pesto and potato candied in oil, a surprising delicious dish
Cod with herb pesto and potato candied in oil
Kabeljauw met kruidenpesto en gekonfijte aardappel
Potatoes candied in oil is actually a typical Spanish dish and is called "patatas a la pobre"
5 van 3 Stemmen
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Cuisine Own recipe, Spanish
Servings 4 persons
Calories 509 kcal


  • deep frying pan
  • oven
  • sieve
  • cutter / blender


for the potatoes and cod:

  • 4 potatoes
  • 300 ml olive oil
  • 500 gr fresh cod or desalt
  • 1 green pointed pepper italian pepper
  • 1 red pointed pepper italian pepper
  • ½ red onion
  • 20 vine tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbl spoon olive oil
  • few capers and spring onion to finish

For the herb pesto:

  • 1 handful basil leaves
  • 1 handful coriander
  • 1 tbl spoon chives chopped
  • 3 tbl spoon pine nuts
  • 4 tbl spoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper


Preparing the cod:

  • Preheat the oven to 180º
    Place a baking paper on the baking tray. Place the cod fillets skin side down on the paper. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Bake them in the oven at 180º for 20 minutes.

Preparing the pesto:

  • Put all ingredients (basil, coriander, chives, pine nuts, olive oil) in a cutter / blender. Mix until everything is finely chopped. season with salt and pepper.

Preparing the potatoes:

  • Peel the potatoes. Cut them into 3-5 mm slices. Cut the green and red pepper into small pieces. Chop the red onion.
  • Take a deep frying pan. Place the potato slices on the bottom and cover with olive oil. (the potatoes must be completely covered). Heat over a medium heat but do not let the oil simmer too hard. After 5 minutes, add the green and red peppers as well as the chopped red onion. Use a spatula to ensure that the potatoes do not stick together, do not break them. Simmer for a further 15 minutes until the potatoes begin to color slightly and are tender, then turn off the heat.
  • Remove the excess olive oil by putting everything in a sieve. Divide the confit potatoes and vegetables over the plates. Seazon with salt and pepper. Place the cod fillet on top and finish with a spoonful of herb pesto.
  • As an extra touch I finish it off with a few capers and finely sliced spring onion.


Fresh cod is not always easy to find here in southern Spain. We do know the pickled and desalted version, typical of the southern countries. There are also many typical Spanish dishes with desalted cod in the leading role. The in oil candied potatoes are still on every Spanish menu today. Here we know them as “patatas a la pobre” in other words, the potatoes of the poor… This dish is packed with Mediterranean flavors and a nice advantage is that you can prepare this complete dish in just 45 minutes… Enjoy and greetings from a sunny Spain?
Kabeljauw met kruidenpesto en gekonfijte aardappel 2


Serving: 1gCalories: 509kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 31gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 112mgPotassium: 2260mgFiber: 9gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 3330IUVitamin C: 107mgCalcium: 87mgIron: 4mg
Keyword patatas a la pobre, cod, potato candied in oil, cod fish recipe
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