Pan seared cod in a tomato and basil sauce

A quick and easy recipe for Pan-Seared Cod in White Wine Tomato Basil Sauce. If you love cod fish recipes, try this flavorful dish for dinner tonight!

For the White Wine Tomato Basil Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 punet cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 60ml German Pinot Gris
  • 60g fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (more to taste)

For the Cod:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 680g fresh cod, cut into 4 fillets 
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add crushed red pepper flakes and garlic and fry for 1 minute, or until garlic is fragrant.
  2. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally until they’re soft and blistering, but still hold their shape, 9 to 12 minutes.
  3. Add in the white wine, stir, and allow the mixture to come to a gentle simmer.
  4. Stir in the basil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, sugar, and pepper and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Transfer the sauce into a bowl and set aside until needed.
  6. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Pat the cod dry with paper towels. Then season both sides of cod with salt and pepper.
  7. Place cod in the oil and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Carefully flip the cod over and continue cooking for another 3 to 4 minutes, OR until it’s cooked through.
  8. Pour the white wine tomato basil sauce over the cod, let the sauce warm up for a minute, then remove from heat and and serve.

Wine Pairing

Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder) 

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