Mediterranean Baked Fish for #FishFridayFoodies

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For our first event of 2021, I invited everyone to join me in sharing "Company Worthy Dishes". Something that tastes special to you, or reminds you of a dish you have served up to others, or eaten out and really enjoyed. 

The dish I'm sharing today is inspired by the memory of a meal I ate many eons ago, when I had the chance to fly to NJ and visit my first surrogate baby and her family when she was around 9 months old (she's THIRTEEN YEARS OLD NOW?!!!) The wonderful woman I carried for was an excellent cook, and served up a beautiful baked fish dish that was very Mediterranean in flavor profile. I remember the capers (which I would have used today, had I still had any in the refrigerator)! It was a delicious meal, and memorable to say the least. That was an incredibly special visit that I hold very close to my heart - and this dish was a wonderful way to revisit that moment in time. 

This dish couldn't be easier to whip up and couldn't be more delicious or flavorful. I loved each and every bite, and was once again enamored with making seafood dishes at home. They are so very quick, and it doesn't take much to add a wonderful flavor boost but keep your meal light and overall healthy and balanced. The baking pulls some of the salt out of the kalamatas so they aren't overly salty and just add a wonderful little punch of flavor to the bites that include them. Overall this dish is very light and bright from the lemon juice in the sauce. It's perfect spooned up over some rice, to soak up all that delicious flavor! 

Come see all of our delicious, and special, seafood dishes that we're sharing with you today!

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  • Crispy Shrimp Triangle Spring Rolls by Karen's Kitchen Stories
  • Dungeness Crab Risotto and Some Italian Bubbles by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
  • Easy and Elegant Garlicky Shrimp Pasta by A Day in the Life on the Farm
  • Prawn Patio by Sneha's Recipe
  • Tilapia Curry by Zesty South Indian Kitchen
  • Mediterranean Baked Fish by Making Miracles

  • Mediterranean Baked Fish

    1 lb cod fillets
    1/4 cup olive oil
    2 TBS butter, melted
    1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    1/2 teaspoon paprika
    zest from 1 lemon 
    1/4 of a lemon, juiced (about 1/2 - 1 TBS)
    1 TBS minced garlic, jarred
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    4-5 kalamata olives, sliced
    1/2 - 1 TBS brine from kalamatas
    3 oil packed sundried tomatoes, finely diced
    3/4 of the lemon in slices

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. Lay your fillets in a 2-quart baking dish.
    3. In a small to medium bowl, whisk together the: melted butter, olive oil, ground coriander, paprika, lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, pepper, kalamata olives, brine from kalamatas, and diced sundried tomatoes until well combined and creamy.
    4. Pour this mixture over the top of the fish, and lay the lemon slices over the top.
    5. Bake, uncovered, for about 20 minutes, or until fish flakes easily and is cooked through (if your fillets are thin, you may want to check them sooner than that).
    6. Serve with sauce drizzled over the fillets.
    Recipe adapted from Midwest Foodie


    1. I've been making lots of Mediterranean recipes on this DASH diet. Can't wait to try this one.

    2. Wow, that sounds so easy yet it is so elegant! And I just happen to have some capers!

    3. Healthy and flavorful for sure! I love the memory you shared as well, Rebekah. A special dinner indeed.

    4. Mediterranean baked fish looks delicous. It has been long time I tried Cod. I need to try this.

    5. This is a gorgeous Mediterranean baked fish dish.


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