Greek-Style Baked Fish

Cod fillets baked in a lightly spiced tomato sauce with onions, peppers, cinnamon and smoked paprika. This recipe is my take on bourdeto, a dish from Corfu that consists of fish cooked in a tomato sauce enriched with onions and sweet and spicy peppers. I’ve used cod here but any firm white fish would do. You could even try it with octopus or prawns, though you’d have to adjust the cooking method.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Category: Fish


For the fish:
  • 3 cod fillets
  • 1 lemon, juice only
For the sauce:
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red sweet pointed pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 pinch chilli flakes
  • 150 ml white wine
  • 1 x 400 g tin good-quality tinned tomatoes or passata
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 10 g fresh parsley, finely chopped


  1. Drizzle the cod fillets with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Pour the lemon juice over the fillets. Refrigerate while you prepare the sauce.
  2. Heat your oven to 180℃.
  3. Heat a splash of extra-virgin olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and beginning to brown, 7 to 10 minutes.
  4. Add the peppers and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, around 5 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic, cinnamon, smoked paprika and chilli flakes and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
  6. Add the white wine and cook, stirring often, until the pan is almost dry, 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Add the tinned tomatoes and sugar and season with salt and pepper. Bring the sauce to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. While the sauce is simmering, take the fish out of the fridge.
  9. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the parsley. Taste and adjust seasoning, to taste, then pour the sauce into an oven dish.
  10. Nestle the cod fillets into the sauce. Bake until the cod is cooked (opaque and easily flaked with a fork), 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fillets. Serve and enjoy!

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