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Pan seared corvina with Portuguese sausage

Pan seared corvina is a one pan meal that has quickly become a new favorite. This easy corvina recipe is perfect for weeknight cooking. Saffron potatoes and Portuguese linguiça round out this dish for a complete meal. Serve with crusty bread for getting every last bit of sauce on your plate.

pan seared corvina with saffron potatoes and onions

One pan meals, like this creamy chicken pasta, are a lifesaver during the week. A handful of ingredients and one pan deliver a hearty meal with very little effort.

Pan seared corvina

Like my corvina with butter and herbs, this meal starts out with seared fillets. Fish is notorious for sticking to pans, so make sure to use a nonstick pan or one with some type of coating.

overhead view of corvina with linguica and potatoes

The key to getting a good sear on anything – whether it’s fish , chicken, steak or vegetables, is moderately high heat and not touching it. Once you lay it down in the pan – leave it alone.

This is especially important with fish like corvina because it is a delicate fish and it will break apart with too much poking and prodding. A fish spatula is best for turning and removing it from the pan, as it is thin and flexible. It can get underneath the fillets without breaking them.


Most of the ingredients for this fish recipe are common staples, like onions, garlic, potatoes and tomatoes. I found the Portuguese sausage at Whole Foods, but if you’re lucky enough to have a Portuguese or Brazilian market near you, go there first.

ingredients for pan roasted corvina

You’ll find saffron in the spice aisle at the grocery store. A little goes a long way. You can use turmeric for the color, but the taste of saffron can’t be substituted.

How to make seared corvina

This corvina fish recipe is easy enough to tackle after a work day. The whole thing comes together in just over 30 minutes.

Chef’s tip: Always put the “good side” face down first in the pan. How do you know?  Here’s a photo to help!

How to tell the top from the bottom of corvina

First, we’ll sear the corvina until golden brown on top. Then remove from the pan and set aside.

Add the tomatoes, onions, garlic and linguiça sausage to the pan and cook until onions have softened.

step by step instructions for pan seared corvina with linguiça and potatoes

Next, add the diced potatoes and saffron. Let the potatoes cook until they are tender, then add the seared corvina back to the pan to finish cooking in the sauce.

The ideal pan for this dish is a braiser. It is a wide, shallow pan with sloped sides and has a tight-fitting lid. The one I’ve linked to is the one in the photos. It is worth every penny.

If you have a non-stick sauté pan with high sides and a tight-fitting lid, that will work too.

Portuguese corvina with linguica and saffron

The flavors in this gluten-free dish are similar to caldeirada, a Portuguese fish stew. You could easily turn this into a brothier meal by adding a bit of fish or chicken stock to the pan.

seared corvina one pan meal inn red braiser

Linguiça is a smoked Portuguese sausage. If you can’t find any near you, most grocery stores carry some variety of Spanish chorizo. If that’s not an option either, try andouille or keilbasa.

This stovetop recipe could easily be turned into a baked corvina recipe with a few tweaks. I’d suggest adding a bit of stock to the pan and letting everything bake in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes before adding the fish.

Depending on the thickness of the fillets, corvina will only take about 15 – 18 minutes to cook in the oven.


What gives this pan roasted corvina its golden hue is saffron. Each of these threads is a handpicked stigma from the crocus flower that produces this expensive spice.

saffron threads in glass jar

A pinch of saffron goes a long way to impart color and a wonderfully heady aroma and taste to the fish and potatoes.

If you are a strict pescatarian, or you’re serving this fish on Friday during the Lenten season, omit the sausage.

What to serve with seared corvina

A simple green salad or this gorgonzola and grilled pear salad would be nice with this dinner.

I’d keep dessert simple, with something like no bake lemon cheesecake parfaits.

And there you have it friends. An easy and delicious midweek dinner with only one pan to clean up.

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Pan seared corvina with Portuguese sausage

Cheryl Bennett
Pan seared corvina with Portuguese sausage and saffon potatoes is an easy and delicious one pan meal.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Portuguese-American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 767 kcal


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion diced (1 1/2 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 Roma tomatoes diced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc
  • 4 oz. linguiça sausage
  • pinch saffron
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt Diamond Crystal
  • a few grinds of fresh black pepper 1/2 tsp.
  • 2 small potatoes peeled and diced (I used Yukon gold)
  • 2 fillets corvina 6 ounces each
  • flat-leaf Italian parsley finely chopped, optional


  • In a wide, shallow pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat.
  • Season both sides of the fish with half of the salt and pepper. Place fish in pan and cook for 6 – 8 minutes, until it is golden brown.
  • Using a fish spatula, carefully remove the corvina and set aside.
  • Add sausage to the pan and let it brown a little, 2 – 3 minutes, then add diced tomatoes, onions and garlic. Cook for an additional 6 – 8 minutes, until onions have softened.
  • Add white wine and let it cook for 2 – 3 minutes before adding potatoes, a big pinch of saffon and the remaining salt and pepper.
  • Cover, reduce heat to medium and cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 10 – 12 minutes.
  • Add corvina back into the pan and cook for an additional 5 – 6 minutes, until cooked through and potatoes are soft.


Keep an eye on the fish when searing. If it is getting too dark, too quickly, lower the heat. Every stove is different, use your judgement if you need to increase heat or lower it.


Serving: 1gCalories: 767kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 53gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 1803mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7g
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