In need of an easy fish dish? I have one that everyone will be sure to love. This ONE pot recipe that I make with fresh cod is SO delicious.  In Italian, “Acqua Pazza” means crazy water.  This fish is cooked in a bath of tomatoes, fennel, capers and wine. Trust me when I say this dish will have you going a little crazy because of how good it tastes.  Oh and bread is definitely needed for dipping.  Plus did I mention that it is super easy!! 

Acqua Pazza

(Serves 4)

3 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

3 Garlic Cloves – Sliced Thinly 

2 Small Shallots – Sliced Thinly 

1 Fennel Bulb- Sliced Thinly

¼ tsp. Red Pepper Flakes

1 tsp. Salt

½ tsp. Pepper

½ Dry White Wine – I use Pinot Grigio

2 ½ Cup Fresh Cherry Tomatoes 

2 Cups Whole Tomatoes – In the can and crush by hand

1 Cup Water

3 tbsp. Non Pariel Capers

2 lbs. Of Cod – Ask you fish guy to give you enough to serve 4

2 tbsp. Fresh Chopped Parsley


Heat a large fry pan and add the oil and the garlic.  Season your fish on both sides with a little salt and pepper. Sautee for a few minutes until the garlic begins to cook and add in the shallots and fennel.  Season with the red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or so until the fennel begins to soften.  Then add in your wine.  Use a wooden sponge to scrape the bits off the bottom of the pan and cook for about 3 minutes until the wine reduce by half.  Next add in the cherry tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, water and capers.  Let the sauce simmer for about 15 minutes and add in your cod and your parsley.  Cook the fish for about 20 minutes.  You want the fish to be cooked through, so if you have a thicker piece of fish you might have to cook a few minutes longer. 

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