Meet the next recipe to add to your repertoire: Tomato Poached Cod.
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1/2 cup olive oil plus more for drizzling
6 garlic cloves thinly sliced
2 small shallot thinly sliced into rings
1.5 teaspoons red-pepper flakes
1.5 pounds small sweet tomatoes, halved
Kosher salt and black pepper
1.5 teaspoons fish sauce optional
1 1/2 lbs cod cut into filets
4 ea limes juice
In a large nonstick skillet add oil, garlic & shallots. Heat until garlic and shallots are golden. Add the chili flakes and heat for 30 seconds more. Remove immediately from heat, pour in bowl and set aside.
Using the same pan, add 3 tablespoons of chili oil (without garlic or shallots) into pan over medium heat. Add sliced tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and cook until jammy- about 6 minutes.
Add fish sauce and cook for about 1 minute. Add 1 1/2 cups water and continue to cook for about 8 minutes, the flavors will concentrate but it will still be soupy. While this is cooking- pull the cod out of the fridge. Pat dry and season both sides, because you eat both sides, with salt and pepper.
Taste the tomato sauce for seasoning, if it needs more salt- add more. Your tomato sauce will determine how flavorful the fish will be. Add fish to pan, as it cooks it will release water, balancing the flavors. Cook for about 4-5 minutes, if the cod easily flakes when you apply pressure with your finger- it's ready.
To serve: Scoop sauce and fish into bowls, spoon garlic/shallot chili oil over the top, sprinkle a handful of herbs over the top and squeeze a generous amount of lime over the entire bowl. Eat with spoon.