Baccalà alla Vesuviana



2 pounds center-cut skinless boneless salt cod (baccalà), rinsed well

2 tablespoons salt-packed capers*

7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, finely diced (about 1 1/2 cups)

4 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

1 (28-ounce) can whole San Marzano tomatoes in juice

1 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt

1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh mint, coarsely chopped




  • In large bowl, combine cod with water to cover by 2 inches. Cover and refrigerate, changing water 3 times a day, 1 to 3 days (see cooks' note, below). Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • In small bowl, combine capers with water to cover by 1 inch. Cover and refrigerate 1 day, changing water 3 times.
  • Drain and rinse capers, then squeeze dry. Drain cod and pat dry, then cut into 4- by 2-inch pieces.
  • In heavy 6- to 8-quart pot over moderate heat, heat 3 tablespoons oil until hot but not smoking. Add onion and sauté until softened and golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Add red pepper flakes, capers, tomatoes and juice, and salt. Using wooden spoon, gently crush tomatoes. Bring to simmer, then carefully add cod. Add parsley and 1/4 cup mint and gently spoon some of sauce over cod. Simmer, uncovered, until cod is tender and heated through, about 5 minutes.
  • Using slotted spatula, transfer cod to serving platter. Remove pot from heat and stir in 3 tablespoons olive oil. Spoon sauce over fish, then sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon mint and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Ferraro Items

  • Ferraro# 3000751 - Boneless Salt Cod
  • Ferraro# 2000116 - Capers
  • Ferraro# 1000041 - EVOO
  • Ferraro # 1100027 - San Marzano Tomatoes

Bon Appétit!