Portuguese Cod Casserole

This is a dish  I grew up with, that is very popular in Brazil, where it is known as” Bacalhoada.” There are many variations of  this dish. It is originally made using salted cod, however  due to difficulty finding salted cod in Texas and Arizona, where I’ve lived in the United States, I had to change the recipe using fresh or frozen cod. Although salted cod is a key ingredient, this recipe with still gives you a good taste of this wonderful Portuguese dish and reminds me of Brazil. It is ” chic” but  easy to prepare.

8 cod fillets

4 medium yukon gold potatoes

4 roma tomatoes

2 zucchinis

1/2 red onion

1 large yellow bell pepper

1/2 CUP pitted and sliced black kalamata olives

1/2 lime, juiced

Extra virgin olive oil, as needed

1 TSP dried basil

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pre heat oven to 375F.
  2. Arrange cod fillets in a platter and squeeze lime juice over them and sprinkle salt and pepper to taste, then set aside.
  3. Cut potatoes in thin slices and cook them in boiling water for 10 minutes, until tender. Drain water and arrange slices in a large glass or ceramic baking dish (I use a 9.5×13). Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper.
  4. Cut zucchinis in thin slices and arrange half of them on top of  potatoes, drizzle olive oil and salt and pepper.
  5. Cut tomatoes in thin slices and arrange half  of  them on top of zucchinis, drizzle olive  oil, salt and pepper and half of the drid basil.
  6. Arrange cod fillets on top drizzle olive oil , salt and pepper.
  7. Arrange the remaining zucchini and tomato slices on top. Again drizzle olive oil, the rest of dry basil, salt and pepper.
  8. Cut bell pepper and onion in thin slices and arrange them on top.
  9. Garnish with  olives and drizzle more olive oil salt an pepper.
  10. Cover with foil and bake for 30 min. Remove cover, and leave casserole in the oven for another 10 minutes.

Final steps

Serve on top of white steamed rice.
This a large dish perfect for  a dinner party since it serves 8 people. Reduce recipe to half  if making for less people. Bom Apetite!

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