Baked Fish with Roasted Puttanesca Sauce

February 8, 2010

Here’s an easy Sicily-inspired recipe for you, courtesy of Karen Covey, a Boston-based food blogger, recipe developer, and creator of Gourmet Recipes for One,  a website featuring simple, healthy, luscious recipes focusing on cooking for 1.

Photo of Karen Covey, Gourmet Recipes for One

Karen Covey

Why did you start your website?

Karen: Out of necessity. I was going through a divorce and I’d stopped cooking, something that I’ve loved to do since I was a child. The idea of cooking for myself didn’t seem as appealing as cooking for someone else, and paired with the emotional place I was in, I simply stopped cooking altogether. One day I woke up and realized I needed to start again, and so the idea for the website was born. It was really my way of creating recipes for myself and documenting them. I hope to  publish a cookbook later this year.

You took a trip to Sicily recently. What impressed you the most about Sicilian food?

Karen: I went to Sicily last fall and absolutely fell in love with it. I was staying in a private villa surrounded by lemon and olive trees and it was simply magical. I loved experiencing the food culture: going to the markets every day to see what was fresh and trying all the local ingredients like pistachios, olive oil (my favorite), gelato and granita and capone (the local white fish I based this recipe on). Everything was so fresh and delicious.

Karen Covey's Baked Fish with Roasted Puttanesca Sauce, copyright Jann Huizenga

The Recipe (1 serving)

Roasted Puttanesca Sauce

5 cherry tomatoes

1/4 cup red onion, diced

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper

1 small garlic clove, finely minced

1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon chopped capers, drained

5 pitted kalamata olives, roughly chopped

1 teaspoon minced flat-leaf parsley


Cooking spray, for greasing

6 ounces fresh white fish (cod, scrod or haddock)

Salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper


1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Place tomatoes and red onion on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20-25 minutes, turning occasionally until vegetables are softened. Remove and set aside to cool slightly.

2. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.

3. Spray baking pan with cooking spray and add fish. Season fish with salt and pepper and bake for 10-12 minutes, until fish is firm and cooked through.

4. Meanwhile, chop tomatoes into smaller pieces and transfer tomatoes and red onion to a medium bowl. Add garlic, vinegar, capers, olives and parsley and toss together to combine.

5. Transfer fish to a serving plate and top with sauce. Serve warm.


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5 comments to Baked Fish with Roasted Puttanesca Sauce

  • I shouldn’t have read this one until I got home from work because now I want to eat it! Thanks for this find. I’m definitely going to be checking out her website, too. Yum!

  • Sam

    Thanks! My secretary will print this recipe up , and then I will have my kitchen staff attend to it this evening. And you’re all invited to dinner!

  • I find it interesting that she seems to have started her blog so that she could use “sharing with others” as a kind of justification to do things for herself (cooking). That’s my favorite part about blogging too, the idea that someone else out there is watching and waiting for your regular contributions to the internet. Even when you know something is good for you, sometimes it’s hard to make yourself do it unless you feel some kind of pressure from a third party. It makes me more consistent than I would otherwise be.

  • Jann, this is such a great capture, I feel like I can dig into this fish with a fork! Fantastic!

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