Caitlin Bensel
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
4 Hours 40 Mins
Yield
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 fillet, 1/4 cup jam)

Mellow, slightly sweet, and devoid of the overt fishy flavor that’s polarizing for so many, cod is a widely favored fish that’s perfect for pairing with a show-stopping sauce or topping like this tomato-balsamic jam. Diced pancetta provides a salty counterpart to the sweet onion, tomatoes, vinegar, and honey and gives the jam complexity. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs, if desired. tip Typically, fully covering the slow cooker during cooking is necessary since the lid locks in moisture and keeps the food from drying out. However, when making the jam, letting the moisture out by only partially covering the cooker is what gives the mixture its thick, syrup-like consistency.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook the pancetta in a nonstick skillet over medium, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer the pancetta and drippings to a 5-quart slow cooker. Add the onion, tomatoes, vinegar, and honey, stirring to combine. Partially cover, and cook on HIGH until the mixture is syrupy and jam-like, about 4 hours.

Step 2

Stir together the thyme and black pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the cod fillets. Place the fish on the tomato mixture in the slow cooker; cover completely, and cook on LOW until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 25 minutes. Serve the cod with the tomato jam; sprinkle with the parsley, if desired.

Chef's Notes

Typically, fully covering the slow cooker during cooking is necessary since the lid locks in moisture and keeps the food from drying out. However, when making the jam, letting the moisture out by only partially covering the cooker is what gives the mixture its thick, syrup-like consistency.

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