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Gomes de Sa Codfish recipe

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Clara Campos

Gomes de Sa Codfish Recipe is one of the most appreciated Portuguese codfish recipes that it was created in Oporto during the 19th century.

The Gomes de Sa Codfish recipe got its name from the son of a rich nineteenth century merchant, who dealt in cod, from Oporto.

When the family fortune dwindled, Gomes de Sa started working at the Restaurante Lisbonense, by then one of the most famed restaurants in downtown Oporto, where he created this fabulous recipe.

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Gomes de Sa Codfish recipe
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This is one of the most typical Portuguese codfish recipes and it was created in the Oporto city.
Recipe type: Fish
Serves: 4
  • 2 lbs. salt cod
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 4 medium-sized sliced onions
  • 1 tsp. garlic, finely-chopped
  • 6 medium-sized potatoes
  • 20 pitted black olives
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 2 Tbs. parsley, finely chopped
  1. The day before, soak the salt cod in a container of water for 16 - 24 hours, changing the water 3 or 4 times. Then, drain and rinse the cod.
  2. Boil the codfish in a saucepan and simmer for about 20 minutes until the fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Drain thoroughly the fish and remove any skin or bones with a paring knife. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, boil the potatoes in their skins. Then drain, peel and slice the potatoes into ¼-inch slices. Set aside.
  4. In a frying-pan, heat half of the olive oil over medium high heat for two minutes. Add the sliced onion and sautée for about 6 or 7 minutes until they get translucent. Stir in the garlic and remove from the heat.
  5. Lay half the potatoes in the bottom of a casserole. Cover them with half the cod and then half of the onion. Repeat once more the layers and drizzle the rest of the olive oil over the top.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes in a 400ºF/200ºC oven until the top is lightly browned. Then garnish with olives, the boiled eggs, already sliced and sprinkle with the parsley. Finally, serve the Gomes de Sá codfish recipe




  1. This was a really good home-cooked meal. It was healthy, and made from nothing but whole, raw ingredients.

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