What’s Cooking (for the lonely) – Grilled cod on sauteed potatoes with paprika and green olives

This is a great one pan dish if you’re on your tod. So many recipes these days serve four-six, so if you’re single, have no friends or just hate washing up, this one goes out to you.


4/5 new potatoes, washed with skin on

Fillet of cod (One of it’s brothers or sisters, such as whiting or pollock would work equally well. See what’s fresh.)

1 medium onion, sliced

Smoked paprika

Small handful of green olives, sliced (Mine were stuffed with garlic and red pepper)

A little white wine or vermouth



Preheat the grill to high. Place the potatoes in a pan of water with some salt and bring to the boil. Cook for about 10 minutes and refresh in cold water. Slice into discs.

Meanwhile, heat a little olive oil in a small frying pan and cook the onion until soft. Remove from the pan and turn up the heat. You may need to add a little more olive oil at this stage. Add the sliced potatoes, along with the thyme, paprika and season with salt and pepper and sautee for 10 mins or until you get a good colour on the spuds. Put the onion back in the mix and add a little white wine or vermouth.

Fetch the fish from the fridge, season with salt and pepper and place the fillet skin side up onto the potatoes. Place the pan under the grill and cook for three minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet. Keep an eye on the fish – you want the skin to crisp up, but make sure it doesn’t burn.

Remove the pan from the oven, sprinkle with parsley and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Give the pan a shake to loosen and slide onto a plate in one fell swoop.

I paired this dish with the Chateau de Jurque Juraçon sec. It’s a blend of Gros and Petit Manseng from South West France, an area famous for it’s sweet wines, but with some fantastic dry ones too. It’s got a great citrus feel to it, but with enough body to stand up to the piquant flavours. It’s clean and fresh which nicely tempers the paprika, but not so much as to overpower the delicacy of the fish.

One Response to “What’s Cooking (for the lonely) – Grilled cod on sauteed potatoes with paprika and green olives”
  1. kristenloveswine says:

    Reblogged this on Kristen Loves Wine and commented:
    Gorgeous simple recipe from Borough wines. Perfect meal for a Saturday night IN!

    Love Kristen

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