Cod with parma ham & sage

a piece of fish in a slice of ham with sage tucked inside.
  • 4 persons
  • cooking time: 30 minutes
  • difficulty


  • 100 g Parma ham slices, or another cured ham such as Serrano
  • 4 x 150–175-g cod fillets, skinned
  • handful of sage leaves
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper

How to prepare


This unwrapped version of the traditionally wrapped cod is perhaps the quickest dish to make in this book. It is inspired by the Italians who wrap a piece of fish in a slice of ham with sage tucked inside and pan-fry it with olive oil. The combination of the salty ham with the flavour of the sage and the fine texture of the white fish is fantastic.


  • 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C
  • 2 Lay the slices of ham on a rack and roast in the oven for 8–10 minutes until crisp. Transfer the ham to a plate lined with kitchen paper and leave to cool.
  • 3 Season the cod with salt and pepper but avoid using too much salt as the ham is already quite salty. Grease an ovenproof dish with olive oil and lay the cod in it. Drizzle with olive oil and add the sage leaves, turning them over so they are coated in oil, to prevent them burning. Roast the cod in the oven for 12–15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets.
  • 4 Serve the cod straight from the dish topped with the crisp Parma ham.

Icelandic Cod fillet