Jean-Christophe Novelli’s Cod and Chorizo with Fennel

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Jean-Christophe Novelli is a famous French Chef that has a mouth-watering cod recipe that is shared below. This is Novelli’s Cod and Chorizo dish accompanied with Fennel. Cod and Chorizo are not usually two ingredients that immediately spring to mind as a combination is a fish recipe – but they work amazingly well together, without dominating each other’s unique tastes. Wea er confident that you’ll enjoy this one.

Jean-Christophe Novelli’s Cod and Chorizo with Fennel:


  • 2 pieces cod fillet, about 150-200g/5¼-7oz
  • 100g/3½oz black olive tapenade
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • sprig of thyme
  • 125g/4oz chorizo, thinly sliced
  • a few basil leaves
  • 1 tbsp basil oil

For the fennel accompaniment

  • 50g/2oz aubergine, cut in half
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 baby banana shallots, blanched and sliced in half
  • handful of black olives
  • ½ lemon, juice only
  • salt and cracked white pepper
  • 2 baby fennel, blanched
  • 16-20 cherry tomatoes
  • 250ml/8¾oz tomato juice


Cooking Instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 220C/430F/Gas 7.
2. Make a cut in the side of each cod fillet, and slide the knife around to create a little pocket.
3. Spread the tapenade inside.
4. Heat a large ovenproof pan until hot then add the olive oil.
5. Add the bay leaves, thyme, chorizo and cod skin-side down and fry for two minutes.
6. Turn the fish over so it is skin side up then place the pan into the oven for about five minutes or until the skin is golden and flesh is just cooked.
7. For the fennel accompaniment, place the aubergine on a tray in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
8. Remove and allow to cool slightly before removing the skin and cut into chunks.
9. Heat a frying pan until hot then add the olive oil.
10. Add the shallots and aubergine and cook for a couple of minutes.
11. Season with salt and cracked white pepper.
12. Add the baby fennel, olives, tomatoes and lemon juice and cook for a further two minutes.
13. Serve with the cod. Served garnished with basil leaves nad drizzled with basil oil.
14. For the tomato juice, place the juice into a small saucepan and gently bring to the boil.
15. Serve drizzled around the plate with the cod and chorizo

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