Bacalhau Gomes Sa

Raven Higheagle


In Brazil, cod fish is one of the centerpieces of a buffet table in any given holiday. It is a speciality from the northern Portuguese city of Porto. Bacalhau Gomes Sa is a casserole of bacalhau, potatoes, eggs, olives, olive oil and onion.

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Serves 8
40 Min
20 Min


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1 1/2 lb
whole fingerling potatoes, peeled
10 Tbsp
extra virgin olive oil
5 c
thinly sliced onions, about 2 large onions
4 large
eggs, hard boiled and thinly sliced
1/2 c
pitted kalamata olives, cut in half
2 c
fresh cod
6 Tbsp
fresh chopped chives
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

How to Make Bacalhau Gomes Sa


  • 1Place the potatoes in a large heavy saucepan.
  • 2Cover them with cold water by at least an inch, add a large pinch of salt, and bring to a boil.
  • 3Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes until the potatoes are fork-tender
  • 4Drain the potatoes in a colander and spread them out on a plate.
  • 5When they are cool enough to handle, slice the potatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices. Set aside.
  • 6Pour 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet, add the onions and cook over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are tender, sweet, and translucent.
  • 7Resist the temptation to turn the heat to high, otherwise the onions will brown. The slower you cook the onions, the sweeter they get.
  • 8Transfer to a large bowl
  • 9Preheat the oven to 350˚F and lightly coat a large shallow baking dish (glass or porcelain) with cooking spray.
  • 10Add the sliced potatoes to the onions and toss.
  • 11Season potatoes with salt and pepper and spread them onto the prepared baking dish.
  • 12Arrange the egg slices and olives on top. Drizzle over another 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.
  • 13Season the cod with salt and pepper and place it on top of the potato, onion, egg and olive mixture.
  • 14Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil on top of the fish and bake it in the oven for about 12 to 15 minutes until the flesh turns from translucent to opaque white.
  • 15Remove the baking dish from the oven and garnish with the fresh chives.
  • 16Spoon the cod onto warm plates and serve hot.

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About Bacalhau Gomes Sa

Course/Dish: Fish, Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: Portugese

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