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Baked fish just got a whole lot more exciting with this baked cod with tomatoes and chickpeas recipe. Bursting with Mediterranean flavors, it’s as delicious as it is easy!

baked cod with tomatoes and chickpeas in skillet with plaid linen napkin

For those busy nights when you’re in the mood for something light yet satisfying, or when you want to impress guests without much effort, this baked cod is just the ticket. It’s so simple to pull together: Start by sautéing shallots in olive oil, add garlic and cherry tomatoes, and cook until the tomatoes burst, forming a chunky sauce. Stir in chickpeas and capers with a splash of sherry vinegar, then nestle the cod in this flavorful mix and give it a sprinkle of paprika. Slide it into the oven, whip up some couscous, and in just 15 minutes, you’ll be enjoying a flaky, scrumptious fish dish that’s bursting with Mediterranean flavors—all with minimal fuss!

“Healthy, light, satisfying, full of flavor, and easy – it hits all the marks.”

Wendy

What You’ll Need To Make Baked Cod With Tomatoes And Chickpeas

ingredients for baked cod
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: Forms the flavorful base of the tomato-chickpea mixture and adds richness.
  • Shallots and Garlic: Contribute depth of flavor and aromatic notes to the dish.
  • Cherry or Grape Tomatoes: Provide juicy bursts of sweetness and vibrant color.
  • Sugar: Balances the acidity of the tomatoes and enhances their natural sweetness.
  • Chickpeas: Add hearty texture and protein to the dish, complementing the flakiness of the cod.
  • Capers: Contribute a briny tanginess, adding depth of flavor to the tomato-chickpea mixture.
  • Sherry Vinegar: Provides a subtle acidity that brightens the dish, complementing the sweetness of the tomatoes.
  • Thyme: Infuses the tomato-chickpea mixture with earthy and aromatic notes.
  • Cod: A mild and flaky white fish that pairs perfectly with the tomato-chickpea mixture.
  • Paprika: Adds a subtle flavor and vibrant color to the cod.
  • Jump to the printable recipe for precise measurements

Step-By-Step Instructions

Prepare the Chickpeas and Tomatoes:

Preheat the oven to 400°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the shallots.

shallots and oil in large ovenproof skillet

Cook, stirring frequently, until softened and translucent, a few minutes.

garlic added to pan with shallots and oil

Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds more. Do not brown.

garlic added to large pan with oil and cooked shallots

Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper, and sugar.

tomatoes, salt and pepper added to shallots and garlic in large pan

Stir periodically until the tomatoes start to break down and burst, 3 to 4 minutes. As the tomatoes burst, smash them a bit into a chunky sauce.

tomatoes starting to soften and burst in large pan with garlic and shallots

Stir in the chickpeas, capers, vinegar, and thyme. Taste the sauce/chickpea mixture and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Remove the pan from the heat.

chickpeas, capers, vinegar, and thyme added to large pan with tomatoes, garlic, and shallots

Prepare the Fish:

Nestle the cod in the tomato and chickpea mixture, folding any very thin pieces in half. 

Cod put in large pan with tomato chickpea mixture

In a small bowl, mix the salt and paprika. 

salt and paprika mixed together in small bowl

Sprinkle evenly over the top of the cod pieces.

salt and paprika sprinkled overtop the cod in the large pan with tomato chickpea mixture

Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cod is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. Carefully remove the pan from the oven and immediately place an oven mitt or dish towel over the handle to remind yourself that it’s hot (it’s easy to forget and burn yourself).

fully cooked cod and tomato chickpea mixture

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a substitute for cod in this recipe?

You’ve got options! Halibut, tilapia, or even salmon would all be delicious substitutes for cod. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly based on the thickness of the fish fillets.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

This dish is best served fresh out of the oven, but you can prepare the tomato-chickpea mixture in advance and refrigerate it until you’re ready to bake the fish. Just warm the mixture on the stovetop before adding the fish and spices and popping it into the oven.

Can I omit the capers?

Sure! If you’re not a fan of capers, you can leave them out without compromising the flavor of the dish. Feel free to customize it to suit your taste preferences.

What can I subsitute for sherry vinegar?

Red wine vinegar makes a great substitute for sherry vinegar in this recipe. Like sherry vinegar, it adds a tangy acidity that balances out the sweetness of the tomatoes beautifully.

fully cooked baked cod and tomato chickpea mixture on white oval serving plate

Baked Cod with Tomatoes & Chickpeas

Baked fish just got a whole lot more exciting with this baked cod with tomatoes and chickpeas recipe. Bursting with Mediterranean flavors, it’s as delicious as it is easy!

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients

For the Tomatoes & Chickpeas

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup thinly sliced shallots, from 2 shallots
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved (I use multi-colored)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 (15-oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1½ tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar (red wine vinegar can be substituted)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried)

For the Fish

  • 1½ pounds cod, cut into serving pieces
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon paprika

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and set an oven rack in the middle position.
  2. Prepare the Chickpeas and Tomatoes: In a large ovenproof skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring frequently, until softened and translucent, a few minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds more. Do not brown. Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper, and sugar and stir periodically until the tomatoes start to break down and burst, 3 to 4 minutes. As the tomatoes burst, smash them a bit into a chunky sauce. Stir in the chickpeas, capers, vinegar, and thyme. Taste the sauce/chickpea mixture and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Remove the pan from the heat.
  3. Prepare the Fish: Nestle the cod in the tomato and chickpea mixture, folding any very thin pieces in half. In a small bowl, mix the salt and paprika. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the cod pieces. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cod is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. Carefully remove the pan from the oven and immediately place an oven mitt or dish towel over the handle to remind yourself that it’s hot (it’s easy to forget and burn yourself). Serve.
  4. Note: If you don’t have an ovenproof skillet, you can transfer the tomato and chickpea mixture to a baking dish before adding the fish.
  5. Make-Ahead Instructions: This dish is best served fresh out of the oven, but you can prepare the tomato-chickpea mixture up to 2 days in advance and refrigerate it until you're ready to bake the fish. Just warm the mixture on the stovetop before adding the fish and spices and popping it into the oven.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (4 servings)
  • Calories: 418
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Saturated fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 33 g
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Fiber: 9 g
  • Protein: 39 g
  • Sodium: 942 mg
  • Cholesterol: 73 mg

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Comments

  • Jenn,
    Delicious as always, thank you! Can the tomato chickpea be made ahead and FROZEN?
    Thank you,
    Bridget

    • — Bridget Keator on May 21, 2024
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    • Glad you liked it! I haven’t frozen the tomato/chickpea mixture myself, but I think you could.

      • — Jenn on May 21, 2024
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  • Hi Jenn,
    Your recipe was fantastic as always, but made me realize that I just don’t like cod. All of the sauce acoutraments around the cod tasted so so amazing. Do you think I could replace the cod with chicken, and if so, what type of chicken would work best? Thank you of your excellent and super delicious recipes!

    • — Tara on May 18, 2024
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    • Hi Tara, glad you liked the recipe (but sorry that it helped you determine that cod’s not your favorite). Yes, I think this would work nicely with boneless skinless chicken thighs, but they will take longer to cook. Once you place the pan in the oven, I’d bake it, covered, for 20 minutes then remove the lid/foil and bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until the thighs are cooked through. Please LMK how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on May 20, 2024
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  • We’ve made this recipe 4 times since you published it. Amazingly delicious!

    • — nickalee on May 15, 2024
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  • Made this last night for some new friends and it was amazing! I used thawed bassa fillets (easily available in Australia) instead of cod, and doubled the tomatoes, garlic and fish by 1.5. The fussy kids ate it too (not the chickpeas, but we ate their leftovers). Served it with creamy baked polenta which worked a treat. Saved!

    • — René on May 11, 2024
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  • Delicious!!

    • — Sophia on May 6, 2024
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  • I don’t eat fish but my husband loves it. I made this for him, as written, and he loved it. Even the leftovers made him happy! Every recipe I have made from your books and your newsletter has been delicious! Thank you!

    • — Lynn Q on May 5, 2024
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  • Totally fabulous❤️

    • — Diane on May 5, 2024
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  • This was such a hit – we loved it! The only changes I made were to replace the capers with chopped olives and to make the recommended amount of tomatoes and chickpeas but with two pieces of fish and no other starch. Our cod was very thick so it had to go for 22 minutes. Healthy, light, satisfying, full of flavor, and easy – it hits all the marks. I will definitely make this again, and I hope you will continue to share more healthy, easy meals like this. Thank you Jenn! I appreciate the careful work you put into your recipes.

    • — Wendy on May 4, 2024
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  • I made this recipe for my husband and son two nights ago. The three of us ate the whole thing in one sitting! It was delicious. Served with couscous as suggested and it was a light, but satisfying meal. And best of all, came together quick and easy! Great for a week-night dinner.

    • — Nicole on May 2, 2024
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  • Soooo easy it’s unfair how delicious the result is, haha! Good enough for company. Only change I would make next time is to salt three fish both top and bottom (my fillets were pretty thick). Add crusty bread and/or a salad to help make more filling, and I can eat a restaurant quality meal on a weekend with a single dish to wash. A miracle!

    • — Danielle on April 30, 2024
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  • Wow, Jenn, you did it again. Wonderful Mediterranean dish with tomato, garlicky, chick peas! Crazy good! Made a side of Jasmine rice. Wish I made a double portion for a repeat performance for tomorrow.

    FRESH and LIGHT!

    • — Mimi on April 30, 2024
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  • This was so good Jenn. Dare I say restaurant worthy. So easy but impressive. Thanks for making me a rockstar in the kitchen! I need more easy, delicious, and complete meals like this one!

    • — Ashley on April 30, 2024
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  • Hi Jenn – this sounds wonderful, and I plan to make it this week. I like spicy food – what do you think about adding harissa paste once the tomatoes start to blister and break down a little? Thanks!

    • — Eleanor on April 30, 2024
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    • Hi Eleanor, I think it sounds delicious. Please LMK how it turns out.

      • — Jenn on May 5, 2024
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      • Hi Jenn – the harissa was a nice addition. I waited until the tomatoes were nicely broken down and then added 4 generous tablespoons of the harissa paste and stirred it in until incorporated. For those who don’t like spice, I wouldn’t recommend it. For anyone who prefers just a little zing, I’d recommend 1-2 generous tablespoons only. It doesn’t seem spicy at the beginning, but the harissa adds that kind of heat that builds as you eat the dish. This one is definitely on my rotation – with or without the extra spice!

        • — Eleanor on May 13, 2024
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  • Terrific dish! Again. Like always. Always do it by the book the first time. This one needs no embellishment. By the book is how I’ll do this one every time.
    Never been a fan of chickpeas (found them to be kind of dry, pasty and lacking in flavor), but these came out moist and tasty. Flavors were subtle and delightful. Just the right touch with the paprika/salt mix.

    • — Craig Harper on April 29, 2024
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  • Excellent recipe, thank you Jenn! Followed the recipe exactly, with exception of adding red bell pepper and omitting the capers. Definitely going on weekly rotation!

    • — AK on April 29, 2024
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  • Hi Jenn.

    This recipe popped up in my email and from the picture alone makes me want to head straight to the kitchen! I saw the substitution for the Sherry Vinegar is Red Wine Vinegar. I was wondering, is there a substitution that does not have any alcohol?

    Thank-you kindly!

    • — Aminah Haneef on April 29, 2024
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    • Hi Aminah, you can use lemon juice in place of the vinegar. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on April 30, 2024
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  • Delicious! Cod perfectly done. (I seem to have problems timing thicker fish).
    Made two changes: Used cannellini beans and subbed calamata olives for capers.
    Served over brown Jasmine rice.
    Your recipes never fail me Jenn.
    Thank you.

    Christine

    • — Christine on April 29, 2024
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  • I made your Baked Cod with Tomatoes and Chickpeas. It’s the best dish I’ve had in many moons. I had Kalamata olives and Dodoni feta with it.

    • — Andrew on April 29, 2024
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  • Saw this recipe on the day it came out. And I thought, this looks delish! I had everything on hand except for the cod. So couple of days after I got the cod and made this recipe. Paired it with flavored jasmine rice. Husband loves it! I love it! Thanks Jen for another outstanding recipe!

    • — Rocel on April 29, 2024
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  • My family loved this dish. My kids are iffy with fish, but they ate this happily! I found it really easy to pull together and like that there are alternatives to the cod if you want to change it up. Thanks for a another winner Jenn!

    • — Natalie on April 29, 2024
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  • What vinegar would be a good replacement for the sherry vinegar? I have white, red, cider and apple cider? Thank you.

    • — Sinead on April 29, 2024
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    • Hi Sinead, I’d go with the red. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on April 29, 2024
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  • I made this the other night for dinner, it was delicious!

    • — Debbie S. on April 28, 2024
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  • Hi, Jenn. Would you recommend using sablefish? Can’t wait to try this recipe! Thank you!

    • — Oleda on April 28, 2024
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    • Hi Oleda, that should work. I’d love to hear how it comes out!

      • — Jenn on April 30, 2024
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  • Delightfully easy and delicious as well!

    • — Ann on April 28, 2024
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  • Another five star recipe. I followed the recipe to to the tee. Delicious and I feel very healthy. I cooked couscous with sautéed peppers and mushrooms. This is a keeper recipe. Thank you.

    • — Gary Skibinski on April 28, 2024
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  • Just made this for the first time and it won’t be the last. Used red wine vinegar and omitted the sugar. Wonderful flavor. Thanks for another lifetime recipe.

    • — Robert H. Gibbs on April 27, 2024
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  • This recipe would be better with less salt or at least rinsing the capers. Otherwise it was good.

    • — Niki on April 26, 2024
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  • Hey, Jenn. Would you recommend adding kalamata olives to this (or using in place of the capers)? If so, how much?

    • — Jeffrey D/Minneapolis on April 26, 2024
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    • Sure, a few readers have already commented that they’ve used/added kalamata olives – I think they’ll be delicious!

      • — Jenn on April 26, 2024
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      • Not sure about this one. Chick peas and cod in tomatoes was a unique combination. Don’t think it made the cut for another time around.

        • — Shawn Berry on April 26, 2024
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  • Amazing fish dinner!! Quick and easy to prepare and rave reviews. I use so many of your recipes and quite often forget to leave you a review but everything is ALWAYS as described. There are never any unpleasant surprises. Clear instructions and visual display of what my mis en place should look like. Thanks for taking all of the WORK out of cooking with great dishes that are 100% reliable!!

    • — Judi on April 26, 2024
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  • Made this with Mahi Mahi, added calamati olives and substituted saffron for the paprika- OUTSTANDING!!

    • — Hy on April 26, 2024
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  • I read the substitutions, which is very helpful, but I have some frozen Arctic Char filets in our freezer. Can these work?
    Thank you.
    Sunny D.

    • — Sunny Drohan on April 26, 2024
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    • Sure, Sunny, Arctic Char should work. 😊

      • — Jenn on April 26, 2024
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  • Delicious. I added fresh spinach and Kalamata olives.

    • — Jenifer on April 26, 2024
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  • This was wonderful! I added extra capers to the sauce because we love them.

    • — Lynne on April 26, 2024
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  • I bought fresh cod yesterday, much to my husband’s consternation. When I opened my email this morning, there is this recipe and I had everything on hand. This makes a tasty and very easy dinner. I made half the recipe for the two of us but wished I had doubled the tomato mixture! It was yummy over couscous!

    • — Margaret on April 25, 2024
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