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Braised cod with tomatoes, capers & olives

Points® value
Total Time
1 hr
20 min
40 min
A tasty fish and pasta one-pot meal that’s sure to impress. Tender cod fillets are cooked gently on top of a rich and zesty orzo stew that’s full of Mediterranean flavours.


Cod, raw

8 fillet(s), medium


2 zest(s) of 1, Grated zest of 2 lemons, plus wedges to serve

Calorie controlled cooking spray

4 spray(s)


2 large, finely chopped

Celery, Raw

3 stick(s), finely chopped


3 clove(s), crushed

Fennel Seeds

1½ tablespoon(s), level

Orzo, dry

340 g

Tinned Tomatoes

2 can(s), large

Vegetable stock cube

2 cube(s), 900ml stock

Capers, in Brine

2 tablespoon(s)

Olives, in Brine

70 g, halved


  1. Season the fish, then scatter over the lemon zest and set aside.
  2. Mist a large deep, nonstick frying pan with cooking spray and fry the onions and celery over a mediumhigh heat for 6-8 minutes, covered, until softened. Add the garlic, fennel seeds and orzo and cook, stirring, for a further 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the capers and olives, and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer half the orzo mixture to a second frying pan set over a low heat. Add 4 cod fillets to each pan, spooning over some of the tomato mixture. Cover and simmer for 6-8 minutes until the fish is just opaque in the centre and the orzo is tender.
  5. To serve Divide one pan of orzo and cod between 4 bowls and serve with lemon wedges on the side.


To freeze Let the second pan of orzo and cod cool completely, then transfer to 1 large or 4 small airtight containers. Freeze for up to 3 months, then defrost in the fridge overnight. To reheat, decant into a large pan, cover and heat over a low heat on the hob, adding a splash of water to the orzo to loosen, until piping hot throughout.