Veneto Style Cod Stew

A traditional Veneto dish to serve cod fish in a flavourful tomato sauce. Pair it with some polenta and you will have a full on meal!

Hello peeps!

How was your weekend? I’ve got finally some time to rest and recharge, plus I also got some time to spend in the kitchen to experiment with new recipes. Recently I have been obsessing with bread and pizza making. I’ve got a book which I am studying and I’ve now also started testing new methods, flours and kneading technique. And let me tell you I am VERY happy with the results I’ve got so far.
Look at this beautiful pizza I made last Friday!

Give me some time to fine tuning my recipes, and I will soon share them with you.

For today, I want to start this week with one of my favorite way to serve cod fish. This is a traditional recipe from Veneto, where cod is cooked for several hours in a light tomato sauce, until the meat stars to crumble into small pieces.

This dish serves great with some polenta, but it also make a delightful sauce to dress some pasta 😉


  • 500 gr of dried cod fish or 1.2 kg of wet cod
  • 800 gr canned tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion (40 gr) chopped
  • 100 ml dry white wine
  • 50 gr extra vergin olive oil
  • 12 gr salt
  • ground pepper
  • fresh parsley

If you are using dry cod, make sure to soak it in fresh water for at least 48 hours, changing the water every 12-24 h.

In a large saucepan sauté onion and garlic in extra virgin olive oil. Use light flame, making sure the onion and garlic slowly get soft without burning.

Add the cod and cook for 2 min.

Then turn on high heat and pour in the wine, letting it all evaporate.

Next add in the canned tomato, season with salt and pepper, cover with a lid and as soon as the sauce starts to simmer, turn it on low heat and let it cook for 3 hours.

The sauce needs to thicken and the fish to break into small pieces.

Serve it up with some polenta, just like tradition wants

or, you could also be totally extravagant and use the sauce to dress some pasta!

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