pil pil cod recipe

Photo credit: Fernando Madariaga_ © ICEX


  • One steak of desalted cod per person. If it’s not desalted, put it in water for about 8 hours
  • One clove of garlic per piece of cod.
  • Cayenne pepper to your liking
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Prep: 10 min
    Cook: 20 min

  • Yield: 2-4 servings

  • Nutrition Facts: 100gr – 182kcal and 13,7gr fat


  1. Heat up the clay pot (or pan) and add the oil, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan.
  2. Add the peeled garlics and the chili(s) to the oil.
  3. Simmer gently until the garlics are golden. Remove them and save them for garnish.
  4. Add the cod to the same oil with the skin side down and simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  5. Turn it over and simmer for 3 minutes.
  6. Remove the cod and cover it to keep it warm.
  7. Take the pan off the heat and wait for the oil to cool down.
  8. Put the oil in a squeeze bottle, a high cup or a small jar.
  9. To emulsify the olive oil, use a bowl and a balloon whisk and add the oil in little by little as you whisk until getting a creamy yellow sauce.
  10. Cover the cod with the sauce and sprinkle with the fried garlic and chili.

¡Buen provecho!

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