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Baked cod

31 October 2012

Paul Bocuse, widely considered to be the father of modern French cuisine, provides this delicious and easy-to-prepare recipe for baked cod, or cabillaud à la ménagère, taken from The Complete Bocuse

Roast cod
Roast cod by Paul Bocuse

Preparation time

20 minutes

Cooking time

40 minutes




  • 1 large piece cod, about 1 ½ lb. (600 g), preferably cut from the central, thick part of the body
  • 14 oz. (400 g) new potatoes
  • 3 ½ oz. (100 g) small new onions
  • 3 tablespoons (50 g) butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, optional
  • 1 pinch chopped parsley
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • Salt and pepper


Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).

Scale and wash the fish.

Generously butter an earthenware dish large enough to hold the fish and the vegetables. Season the fish all over generously with salt and pepper. Arrange small new potatoes and onions around it. If the vegetables are not new, first boil them briefly, drain, and season with table salt. 

Drizzle the melted butter over the fish and vegetables and cook in the oven, spooning frequently with the cooking liquid—if you like you can add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to it. The onions should comprise one quarter of the total garnish. Make sure that they stand firmly on the base of the dish so that they are in constant contact with the buttery cooking juices. This way, they will turn a nice golden color.

Just before serving the fish in the cooking dish, sprinkle the fish and vegetables with the freshly chopped parsley. On the side, serve the lemon quarters to squeeze over the fish when it is served into warmed plates.

Poaching and grilling are two other cooking methods that are very suitable for cod. Cut it into 1-in. (2-cm) slices and serve it with one of the sauces recommended for poached or grilled fish.

Paul Bocuse shares 500 easy-to-prepare, traditional French recipes in his new collection The Complete Bocuse, published by Flammarion.

Try one of our other fish and seafood recipes, including whole salmon fillets stuffed with cod, baked cod with a herb and cheddar crust and cod en papillote.


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