Fast and flavorful Spicy Cod with Vegetable Ragu and Cous Cous

If your looking for fast, healthy and packed with flavor that will satisfy and foodie, then this should be your dinner tonight!

*so sorry I don’t have a photo..I didn’t expect to be sooo impressed! Next time I make it, which will be very soon, I will take a picture!

What to gather:

4 garlic cloves

1 bunch fresh cilantro

2 fresh thai chilies (or 3 jalapenos)

1 14oz can of fire roasted diced tomatoes

1 medium zucchini

1 small red onion

2 medium skinless white fish fillets (we actually used frozen cod, gasp!)

7 oz cous cous

1 lemon

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Chinese 5 Spice

Sea Salt

Fresh Ground Black Pepper

What to do:

Begin heating frying pan on MEDIUM heat.

While pan is heating:

skin & finely chop garlic

finely chop cilantro stems (reserve leaves for later)

finely chop thai chilies

Toss a VERY small amount of Olive Oil into pan, along with 1/2 garlic, chopped chilies, and cilantro stalks

Toss pan gently and fry until the garlic is golden brown *don’t burn the garlic

When garlic is golden brown add diced tomatoes, season lightly with sea salt and pepper

Simmer gently over medium heat for 5 minutes.

While its simmering, cut zucchinis into quarters and onion into wedges.

After simmering for 5 minutes, add: white fish, cover and simmer for another 5 minutes

After 5 minutes, add: onion, zucchini, remaining garlic, a dash (or two) of Chinese 5 Spice

Toss vegetables around to soften and cover lightly with the tomato mixture.

While simmering, prepare Cous Cous

What to  Cous Cous:

At this point, put kettle to a boil

Put Cous Cous in bowl, pour 3/4th cup of boiling water.

Cover with plastic wrap and leave for 4 minutes.

Check fish to see if its done. Remove from heat, add a good pinch of salt and pepper.

Cut lemon in half and zest.

Remove plastic wrap from Cous Cous, squeeze in lemon and add zest and fluff Cous Cous.

Add Cous Cous to plate and top with fish, and cover with tomato vegetable ragu, add cilantro leaves on top.


Modified from Jamie Oliver’s Iphone app: 20 minute meals

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About Tara DeWitt Coomans

An aspiring cook and an accomplished eater, Tara is inspired by the world around her and the food on her plate. "When you can't jump on a plane and take a vacation to an exotic destination, chances are you can whip up a dish or go to a restaurant that will take you there." says Tara. She often eats out at a restaurant after trying to accomplish a given dish at home. None the less, she enjoys food and what it says about the human experience. Tara is a full-time freelance writer and blogger. She specializes in writing about food, cooking and travel. You can find her in the kitchen, on the plane or at her computer.