Pil pil cod: a Basque delicacy at El Vasco

bacalao al pil pil en el vasco

Cod in pil pil sauce, an emblematic dish of Basque cuisine, captivates with its irresistible combination of flavours, textures and culinary tradition. At El Vasco, this delicacy is served with the same care and devotion as in the taverns of the Basque Country, providing an authentic gastronomic experience. Immerse yourself in the history, flavour and benefits of this dish as we explore its history and characteristics.

A brief history of cod in pil pil style

This is a dish with deep roots in Basque gastronomy. Its origins go back to the Basque sailors of the 19th century, who looked for ingenious ways to cook cod during their long voyages at sea. The pil pil technique, which consists of emulsifying the oil with the cod’s juices, became a distinctive technique that stood out for its simplicity and unique flavour.

The traditional recipe is surprisingly simple, but requires skill and patience to master completely. It begins by cooking flakes of cod in a clay pot with olive oil over a low heat. As the fish cooks, the gelatinous collagen in the cod melds with the oil, creating a rich emulsified sauce known as pil pil. The result is a tender, juicy cod dish, wrapped in a silky, flavourful sauce.

In addition to its exquisite taste, it offers a wide range of nutritional benefits. Cod is an excellent source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for heart and brain health. It is also rich in vitamins B12 and D, as well as minerals such as phosphorus, potassium and selenium. When cooked with olive oil, a heart-healthy fat, it becomes a nutritious and delicious option to enjoy on any occasion.

Enjoy it in El Vasco

At El Vasco, we pride ourselves on preserving the authenticity and tradition of Basque cuisine, and bacalao al pil pil is a clear example of this. Our chefs prepare this classic dish with the finest ingredients and techniques, ensuring that every bite is an unforgettable experience. Come and discover the authentic taste of pil pil cod at El Vasco restaurant.