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Grilled cod loins with Portuguese garlic sauce (molho cru)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
28 mins

We absolutely love fresh fish prepared on the BBQ. This grilled cod and garlicky sauce will not disappoint! Serve with a nice green salad or boiled potatoes.

Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Azores, Portugal, Portuguese
Keyword: cod loins, grilled cod
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
  • 2 lbs fresh cod loins
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil + extra to grease the grill
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
Garlic sauce
  • 5 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 small bunch of flat leaf or Italian parsley about ½ cup after chopped, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp fine salt
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp sweet pimento paste
  • ¼ cup water
  1. Pre-heat your BBQ to between 400 ºF and 450 ºF.

  2. In a wide medium bowl, mix together all the sauce ingredients and set aside. I mashed mine in a pestle and mortar, but that’s optional.
  3. Cut the cod loins into serving size pieces. I got 6 pieces from my cod loins.
  4. Sprinkle the salt and pepper evenly over all sides of the fish.
  5. Drizzle the 2 tbsp of vegetable oil evenly over the fish, making sure it’s completely coated.
  6. Before adding the fish to the grill, scrape down the hot grates with a brush and grease them well with vegetable oil (use crumpled paper towel or an old clean cloth towel).
  7. Place the pieces of fish on the grill and close the lid. Let cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  8. Open the lid, brush a little more vegetable oil over the tops of the fish, and carefully turn them over.
  9. Close the lid and continue to cook for another 3 to 4 minutes.
  10. Open the lid and carefully lift and transfer the fish pieces to a serving dish.
  11. Drizzle a little olive oil over each piece of fish.
  12. At this point you can choose to spoon the sauce over the fish or serve it on the side.
  13. Serve with your favourite sides! In Portugal, fish is often served with boiled potatoes and salad.
  14. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

This sauce is quite garlicky. Feel free to leave out a couple of cloves if you'd like your sauce to be a bit less sharp.