Cod in Spicy Tomato Broth

Fresh cod poached in a super flavorful, delicious, slightly spicy tomato broth made with fresh tomatoes and herbs! A quick and easy dish to add to your weekly menu rotation! A healthy “ONE DISH DINNER” ready in 35 minutes! Serve with some warm crusty bread to make it a meal and to sop up all that tasty broth!

I’m Back!!! It’s been a really really long time since I’ve posted anything but I haven’t been inspired to write. Life is busy, especially with it being summer~ lots of yard work, working in the garden and greenhouse and of course, fishing! The weather has been perfect and the cod have finally arrived on the shores of Trinity Bay! Today for lunch, I made this amazing dish, Cod in Spicy Tomato Broth ~ did I say it was AMAZING!!!


Super simple, very healthy, gluten free and made with fresh tomatoes and herbs from your garden. I used cod but you could use any flaky white fish like haddock or tilapia. The broth has a bit of spice to it from the red pepper flakes and is so flavorful! I used cherry tomatoes but you could use whatever tomatoes you have on hand, just coarsely chop them.

Cod in Spicy Tomato Broth

  • Servings: 2 - 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Soooo Delicious! Soooo Healthy! Soooo Easy! Fresh cod poached in a broth made from fresh tomatoes and herbs! A “One Dish Dinner” that will become a Family Favorite!


2 TBSP olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half and then quartered
3 cups water
1 TBSP fresh oregano, finely chopped
1 TBSP fresh basil, julienned
1 tsp fresh thyme, finely chopped
salt to taste
4 – 6 pieces of fresh cod or other flaky white fish


Set a large frying pan, with a cover, over medium heat. Add oilive oil until it is heated then add garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for about 10 seconds ~ careful you don’t burn the garlic. Add the tomatoes, water, and herbs and return to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove lid and simmer for 10 more minutes to let broth reduce slightly. Taste broth and season with salt if needed. Place cod in broth and season cod with salt. Cover and cook on medium low until fish is flaky ~ 8 to 10 minutes. Put 1 – 2 pieces of cod in serving bowl and add tomato broth. Garnish with more basil if desired. Enjoy! I served mine with some warm crusty bread to sop up all that amazing broth!

NOTE: This does not reheat well so only make enough for one meal! You can make the broth ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator for a day or two and then just reheat and add your cod to cook and simmer. Lunch will be ready in 10 minutes!

Loving this Life Living “Around the Bay” ~ DD

slighly adapted from


Spinach Tomato Orzo Soup

A tomato based soup with spinach, orzo, vegetables, chicken and spicy turkey sausage! Hearty, healthy plus it’s quick and easy to prepare!

For those of you that follow my blog, I don’t have to tell you that I love soups!  I’ve had a few on my blog already and have many more healthy soup recipes to share! So I hope you love soups as much as I do!  If you come to my house, there is usually a large pot of soup in the refrigerator waiting to be slurpped!

My love of soups started when I was a single gal, living in Nova Scotia, with 2 jobs and I would make a big pot of soup on the weekend to get me through a busy week.  I would add whatever I had in the refrigerator, add some broth and voila! Soup!!!

I like a soup that is pretty thick…more like a stoup (a stew / soup).  With all the chicken, sausage, vegetables, spinach and orzo in this recipe, you can stand your spoon up in this soup!  But it is so filling and so delicious, I think and hope you’ll love it.  If you want a thinner soup, just half the orzo or just add another cup of broth.  Simple fix! This soup is delicious, healthy, is super filling and makes a great lunch or supper with an added side salad and some warm crusty bread.

Spinach Tomato Orzo Soup (makes about 8 servings)

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, minced
  • 3 small carrots, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • olive oil
  • 2 spicy turkey or italian sausage, crumbled
  • 2 chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes, 28 oz (with juice)
  • 3 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 8oz bag baby spinach

Drizzle olive oil in large soup pot. Add onion, celery and carrots and saute 2-3 minutes. Add sausage and chicken and saute until lightly browned. Add garlic and cook 2 – 3 minutes.  Add diced tomatoes with juice, stock, water, and herbs.  Bring to boil and add orzo.  Reduce heat and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes until orzo is tender. Add spinach and cook another 5 minutes.

Enjoy! 🙂

Loving this life living “Around the Bay” ~ DD

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