Bag-baked cod with tomatoes, chorizo and butterbeans

  • serves 2
  • A little effort

This recipe for bag-baked cod with tomatoes, chorizo and butter beans is really easy to make and is packed full of delicious Spanish flavours. It's a great way to make use of the fantastic variety of tomatoes that we grow in the UK.


Try this Spanish-style cod dish, then check out our Spanish mackerel, Spanish hake and more Spanish-style recipes.



  • chorizo 125g, diced into 1cm chunks
  • olive oil
  • butterbeans 400g tin, drained and rinsed
  • mixed red or yellow tomatoes 500g, the rest roughly diced
  • pitted black olives 20
  • flat-leaf parsley a handful, roughly chopped
  • sherry vinegar 1 tbsp
  • golden caster sugar 1 tsp
  • tomato purée 1 tbsp
  • skinless cod fillet 1 large (about 300-400g), or 2 smaller
  • sweet smoked paprika a few pinches


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Put the chorizo and 1 tbsp oil in a cold frying pan, then fry over a gentle heat until the chunks are beginning to crisp and plenty of orange oil has collected in the pan. Use a slotted spoon to lift out the chorizo so the oil remains and put in a bowl with the butterbeans, tomatoes, olives, parsley, vinegar, sugar, tomato purée and plenty of seasoning, and toss.

  • Step 2

    Cut a large piece of baking parchment, and sit in a roughly A4-sized tin so the paper overhangs. Tip the chorizo mix into the middle of the paper. Sprinkle the cod with a little paprika and some more seasoning, and sit on top of the veg. Drizzle over the chorizo oil from the pan, then gather up the edges of the paper and scrunch together to seal into a parcel. Put the tray in the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the fish is cooked.

  • Step 3

    Open the parcel at the table and sprinkle with a little more parsley if you like, before spooning between plates.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 575
  • Fat 25.9g
  • Saturates 7.9g
  • Carbs 27.4g
  • Fibre 10.5g
  • Protein 52.9g
  • Salt 3g