Salt cod puttanesca sauce

Chef: chef Andrea Moio first courses
Time 30 min Difficulty Easy Serves 4


  • 6-8 oz  soaked salt cod (soak for at least 24 hours before cooking, changing the water 3-4 times, and keep always in the refrigerator immersed in water)
  • 3-4 heaped tablespoons pitted black olives
  • 1 can of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 3 ½ fl oz extra virgin olive oil
  • finely-chopped parsley to taste
  • 3 leaves of basil
  • ground cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1 ladleful fish  broth/stock (about 1 cup)
  • salt to taste


Cut the salt cod into small pieces. Sauté gently the garlic in the extra virgin oil in a frying pan until golden, then remove it. Add the olives, salt cod pieces and cayenne pepper. Sauté gently, using a spatula to turn it without breaking up the fish, then add the fish  broth/stock and let it reduce, add the cherry tomatoes and basil and cook covered over medium heat for about 10 minutes.

Chef’s advice

Do not add salt to the sauce as the salt cod will already salt the sauce, but taste and adjust before serving.

The sauce is ideal for pasta, preferably long shapes, or for toasted bread.