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Cod Pomodoro with Asparagus

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This Cod Pomodoro with Asparagus is a delicious white flaky fish recipe with no breadcrumb crust and no lemon butter sauce. A fun twist of tomatoes and vegetables for a fast and easy, gluten free and keto low carb dinner recipe. One pot meal and 30 minute meal. #cod #whitefish #fishrecipes
The fish cooked in the sauce in a skillet

This Cod Pomodoro with Asparagus is an easy Italian seafood recipe packed with lots of flavor.

Cod Pomodoro with Asparagus in a black skillet

I love a good one pot meal and this Cod recipe is a great gluten free, keto low carb Italian meal.

Plus, this recipe is ready in just 20 minutes which makes it a great healthy and fast option!

Fish recipes are great options for healthy and fast meals.

Close up of the fish and sauce

What is Cod Like?

Cod is a white, flaky fish. It has a very mild taste.

It should not smell nor taste strongly of fish.

The fish cooked in the sauce in a skillet

Other Fish Options

Want to use something other than cod?

Other white, flaky fish will work as a substitute, such as grouper, mahi mahi, sea bass, or tilapia.

A piece of fish on a plate with the sauce

Two Cooking Options for the Fish

There are two ways you can cook the cod in this Cod Pomodoro with Asparagus.

I am a fan of getting a little color on the fish, so I go with the method listed in the recipe of searing the cod in butter for a couple minutes per side before making the sauce.

The other option is to eliminate cooking the fish before making the sauce and instead nesting the fish in the sauce and cooking it gently as it simmers.

You might need to add a little water or stock if you cook the fish in the sauce.

Both methods are great based on your preference!

One piece of the fish in the skillet

Using Vegetables in the Sauce

I find asparagus to be a perfect compliment to this Cod Pomodoro with Asparagus.

Other great options of vegetables to include in the sauce are peas, carrots, pearl onions, or broccoli.

Even adding some spinach would be great!

Top view of Cod Pomodoro with Asparagus in a skillet
A Cod Pomodoro with Asparagus with a fork having dug into the flaky fish

What to Serve with the Cod

While this white fish recipe is great on its own, you can also serve it up with some of your favorite side dishes.

I love to cook extra asparagus or rice. Broccoli would also be great. And if you have time, a risotto is always a wonderful Italian addition.

Here are some more ideas for your sides!

Italian Side Dishes

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The fish cooked in the sauce in a skillet

Cod Pomodoro with Asparagus

This Cod Pomodoro with Asparagus is a delicious white flaky fish recipe with no breadcrumb crust and no lemon butter sauce. A fun twist of tomatoes and vegetables for a fast and easy, gluten free and keto low carb dinner recipe. One pot meal and 30 minute meal. #cod #whitefish #fishrecipes
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Gluten Free, Keto/Low Carb, Seafood
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 281kcal



  • Dry off the fish with a paper towel and lightly season all sides with salt.
  • Melt the butter in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat.
  • When hot, add the fish and cook for about 2 minutes until browning.
  • Gently flip with a spatula and cook the second side, approximately 2 minutes more. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the olive oil to the skillet.
  • When hot, add the diced onion. Cook until lightly starting to brown, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add the oregano, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook until fragrant, approximately 30 seconds.
  • Add the tomatoes, heavy cream, salt, and asparagus. Stir to combine.
  • Nestle the fish back into the sauce and let it simmer for approximately 3-5 minutes until the fish is cooked through and flaky. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.


For an even fast meal, you can skip searing the cod and simply place the raw fish in the tomato sauce to simmer until cooked through and flaky.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 424mg | Potassium: 834mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1111IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 3mg
By on April 14th, 2021

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10 thoughts on “Cod Pomodoro with Asparagus”

  1. 5 stars
    My dad used to catch cod on the ocean so it’s one of my favourite fish. So glad I found this recipe so I can cook cod for dinner again!

  2. 5 stars
    Can’t believe something this decadent tasting can be so healthful. Thanks for the recipe; it’s going to be a regular at our house!

  3. 5 stars
    This dish is SO delicious, easy and versatile. Perfect as written with the asparagus. I have also made it with slivered green beans and recently I have taken to adding in a half can or artichoke hearts with whatever other vegetable is going in. I don’t usually care for tomato with seafood, but this is so creamy with wonderfully layered flavor… it quickly became a favorite with both husband and myself and is now in regular “rotation”. Decadent (but no longer so healthy!) with mushroom risotto. Good with rice or Israeli couscous. Would stand up to quinoa or bulgur. Worthy of entertaining!

    Just noticed that I have already left a review 6 months ago. This might be one of the only recipes I have every reviewed; certainly the only one I have come back to review twice, ha! Thank you, thank you!!

    • You have made my day! I am SO glad you and your husband love it, and all of your additions and variations sound amazing!

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting (twice!) 🙂 <3


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