Cod with cream

Cod with cream on a baking dish

At a lunch with friends, prepare a meal made in the oven that gives comfort. The best option is the traditional cod with cream! Adapts to any occasion and is excellent served with salad. Try this recipe!

Category: Cod, Recipes, Typical Portuguese dishes
Servings:: 4
Prep Time:15 m
Cook Time:50 m
Total Time:1:05 h
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  • 3 desalted cod steaks (about 800 grams (1 3/4 pounds))
  • 1.2 kg (2 2/3 pounds) potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 200 ml (1/2 pint (236 ml)) whipping cream
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 50 ml (1/4 cup) olive oil
  • Nutmeg (to taste)
  • Juice of half lemon
  • Grated cheese (to taste)
  • For the béchamel sauce:

  • 300 ml (1 1/3 cups) milk
  • 3 tablespoons corn starch flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Nutmeg (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)


  1. For the béchamel sauce:
    Place the butter in a saucepan and heat over low heat. When the butter start to melt, add the flour with a little milk and whisk until the flour is dissolved. Gradually add the rest of the milk, increase to medium heat and stir until a homogeneous and creamy mixture, about 10 minutes.
  2. Turn off the heat and season with a little salt, pepper and nutmeg. Mix the seasonings in the sauce and let cool. Béchamel sauce recipe.
  3. Put the cod steaks in a saucepan with water and boil over high heat. When starts boiling, reduce to low heat and cook about 6 to 7 minutes. Turn off the heat and drain the cod with a skimmer. Let cool slightly and remove the skin and bones. Flake the cod with a fork and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, peel and wash the potatoes. Cut them into small cubes, season with some salt and fry in hot oil (don’t fry too much). When the potatoes are fried, place them on a dish with absorbent paper.
  5. Put the olive oil, the chopped onion and the chopped garlic in a saucepan and saute over low heat until the onion start to turn slightly golden brown. Add the potatoes and the cod and season with pepper. Stir gently with a spoon and cook for about 6 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF).
  7. In a bowl, combine together the cream, the béchamel, nutmeg and the lemon juice.
  8. Put the potatoes and the cod mixture in a baking dish. Drizzle with the béchamel mixture and sprinkle with grated cheese.Potatoes, cod mixture, béchamel and grated cheese on a baking dish Bake until golden brown, about 20 to 25 minutes. Turn off the oven and serve with lettuce and tomato salad.
Cod with cream
Nutrition facts
Serves 4
Per Serving:
Calories 808
Total Fat 38 g(58%)
Saturated Fat 14 g(71%)
Cholesterol 172 mg(57%)
Sodium 513 mg(21%)
Total Carbohydrate 62 g(21%)
Protein 55.5 g

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