Cod Fillets with Chilli, Garlic and Capers

Filetti di Merluzzo all’ Istriana

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Appears in
Italian Regional Cookery

By Valentina Harris

Published 1990

  • About

This recipe from Friuli Venezia Giulia uses very unusual ingredients for the area. It is not usual to find ingredients that are so typical of the south so far north and so close to the Austrian and Yugoslavian borders. But the main thing about it is that it tastes so good!


  • 1 lb (500 g) cod fillets, trimmed, washed and patted dry
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely


Place the cod in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and cover with the onion, garlic, parsley and oil. Season with salt and pepper and cook gently over a low heat for about 12 minutes. Remove from the saucepan with a fish slice and arrange on a warmed platter; keep warm.

Chop the capers very finely, add them to the oil remaining in the saucepan and stir. Trim and chop the sardines and add them t