(Easy) Rustic Baked Fish

Seems like I always get pretty intimidated when I walk up to a fish counter.  Partially because I’m not always sure what to ask for, and partially because it can get pricey.  On this particular night I thought I would try for a more affordable fish, Alaskan cod.

I wanted to make a baked fish dish of some sort.  Something that I could pile in a baking dish with a few other (easy) ingredients and just throw in the oven to bake.  This is such a simple recipe.  Way too easy for step-by-step photos.  I serve it over brown rice.  Costco sells an organic pre-cooked brown rice that is surprisingly very good!  And makes weeknight cooking a little easier for me.

Ingredients

  • 1 pd of fresh fish (check for bones)
  • 1 1/2 cans garbanzo beans (rinsed and drained.  A full two cans might be too garbanzo-ee)
  • 2 cans fire roasted diced tomatoes (fire roasted has more flavor)
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • store-bought pesto
  • two teaspoons red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • Salt and pepper
  • olive oil to finish

Serves four

Preheat the oven to 425.  In a 9 x 13 inch baking dish poor one can of diced tomatoes.  Place fish on top.  Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper.  Spread a layer of pesto over each piece of fish.  Add garbanzo beans.  Cover with second can of diced tomatoes.  Sprinkle capers on top.  Cover with foil.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until bubbling.   Serve over rice, pasta, or  veggies.  Don’t forget to ladle some of the broth over top.  A drizzle of olive oil to finish and maybe another dollop of the pesto or torn fresh basil.

Enjoy!

Until next week :)

jennifer

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