Fried Salt Cod with “Vigliacca” Sauce

Fried Salt Cod with “Vigliacca” Sauce
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Fried Salt Cod with “Vigliacca” Sauce
Aurelie Jouan

Fried Salt Cod with “Vigliacca” Sauce

A spicy tomato sauce perfectly complements fried salt cod. Salt cod is dried fish, preserved using salt. It’s an acquired taste so if you like a more mellow fish, try substituting with Chilean sea bass. Recipe courtesy of Chef Alessandro Gargani.

4
Servings
803
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Salt cod is a dried fish, preserved in salt. Some specialty shops sell it with the salt already soaked out. If this isn’t available, soak the cod in a large glass pan (do not use plastic or metal) for 2 days before use, changing the water three times a day to get the salt out. Rinse well, and debone (if not already done). Set aside.

We also suggest using fresh Chilean sea bass instead.

Ingredients

For the salsa vigliacca:

  • ¼ Cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 Pound ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 14-ounce can Italian plum tomatoes
  • 2 chile peppers, crushed
  • Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Basil leaves, for garnish

For the cod:

  • 1¼ Pound rehydrated salt cod, or substitute with fresh Chilean sea bass
  • Flour, for dredging
  • 1 Cup sunflower seed oil

Directions

For the salsa vigliacca:

In a large sauté pan cook the garlic in the olive oil until golden. Remove the pan from the heat and add the the fresh and canned tomatoes. Add the chile peppers and some salt, put the pan back on the heat, and cook, covered for 2 minutes.

Mash the tomatoes with a potato masher and cook uncovered for another 3 minutes. Add the minced parsley. Garnish with basil leaves.

For the cod:

Cut the cod (or Chilean sea bass) lengthwise, into 3-inch pieces. Dredge the cod sticks into the flour. Shake off excess flour.

Pour the oil into a large skillet, and heat until sizzling. Deep-fry the cod sticks until golden (no more than 5 minutes on each side), and drain on paper towels.

Serve with the salsa vigliacca.

Salt Shopping Tip

Salt enhances food by adding depth and accentuating existing flavors. Be sure to have a couple types in your cupboards. Regular iodized salt for the table is typical; sea salt is also a great investment.

Salt Cooking Tip

Bland food is never good. Be sure to season every layer of your food while cooking.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
71g
100%
Sugar
7g
N/A
Saturated Fat
7g
33%
Cholesterol
58mg
19%
Protein
29g
58%
Carbs
14g
5%
Vitamin A
173µg
19%
Vitamin B12
0.4µg
7.1%
Vitamin B6
0.9mg
43.6%
Vitamin C
64mg
100%
Vitamin D
8µg
2%
Vitamin E
14mg
70%
Vitamin K
98µg
100%
Calcium
45mg
5%
Fiber
3g
12%
Folate (food)
48µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
48µg
12%
Iron
1mg
8%
Magnesium
89mg
22%
Monounsaturated
45g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
4mg
19%
Phosphorus
343mg
49%
Polyunsaturated
18g
N/A
Potassium
960mg
27%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
13.8%
Sodium
1052mg
44%
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
17.4%
Trans
0.2g
N/A
Zinc
1mg
7%