Libyan Cod Stew with Sesame SeedsRecipe

By Marcus Samuelsson | February 1, 2011

Photo: Acquired Life

Tomatoes, garlic, and za’atar, an African spice blend, make this delicious stew a special weeknight dinner. I was inspired by Libyan food, which is influenced by Italian cooking. A mild, firm fish like cod works especially well in this spicy, savory dish. Serve it with a crusty Italian bread to mop up all the broth.


Sauteed Cod with Bitter Melon & Clams Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson | January 5, 2011

Photo: Jay Erickson

Cod is native to the United States, and was how many early settlers made their fortune.  It’s still a great option for seafood.  You can buy sustainable cod from the Gulf of Maine.  Check out Fish Watch for more information about sustainable fish.

Even though this dish has many ingredients, it’s easy to put together.  It is a great, healthy dish to celebrate the new year.  If you can’t find bitter melon, substitute an equal amount of zucchini or okra.

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