Seared Pancetta Wrapped Cod

Seared Pancetta Wrapped Cod

This simple, Seared Pancetta Wrapped Cod is a flavorful dish that can be prepared in a matter of minutes. Fish fillets are given a protective wrapping – either pancetta, ham, or bacon – that adds a touch of needed fat and also helps create a brilliant contrast of color and texture. The wrapping acts as a second skin, protecting and imparting flavor and texture to the final dish.

Seared Pancetta Wrapped Cod


4 Very thin slices of pancetta
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Olive oil
2 tablespoon Lemon juice
3 tablespoon Capers in vinegar
1 tablespoon Vegetable or sunflower oil
1 tablespoon Freshly chopped parsley, to garnish
4 x 175 g/6 oz Thick cod fillets

To serve:
Freshly cooked vegetables
New potatoes


Wipe the cod fillets and wrap each one with the pancetta. Secure each fillet with a cocktail stick and reserve.

Drain the capers and soak in cold water for 10 minutes to remove any excess salt, then drain and reserve.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan and sear the wrapped pieces of cod fillet for about 3 minutes on each side, turning carefully with a fish slice so as not to break up the fish.

Lower the heat then continue to cook for 2-3 minutes or until the fish is cooked thoroughly.

Meanwhile, place the reserved capers, lemon juice and olive oil into a small saucepan. Grind over the black pepper.

Place the saucepan over a low heat and bring to a gentle simmer, stirring continuously for 2-3 minutes.

Once the fish is cooked, garnish with the parsley and serve with the warm caper dressing, freshly cooked vegetables and new potatoes.

Pancetta Wrapped Cod photo

The Warm Mediterranean flavors make this easy recipe a delight to eat. This quick dish is a perfect evening meal for family and friends.

Photo by WordRidden