Cod with a gremolata crust

    45 min

    Here's a delicious recipe for jazzing up plain cod fillets. Gremolata is an Italian mixture of parsley, lemon zest and garlic (and sometimes chopped anchovy). This recipe uses the gremolata with breadcrumbs to make a tasty topping for the fish, which is baked with juicy tomatoes and courgettes and served with saffron mash.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 lemons
    • 55 g (2 oz) fresh white breadcrumbs
    • 3 tbsp chopped parsley
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 4 chunky pieces of skinless cod fillet, about 550 g (1¼ lb) in total
    • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
    • 3 plum tomatoes, quartered
    • 1 large courgette, thinly sliced diagonally
    • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 900 g (2 lb) potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
    • 1 tsp saffron threads
    • 3 tbsp semi-skimmed milk
    • salt and pepper

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC (400ºF, gas mark 6). Finely grate the zest and squeeze the juice from one of the lemons. Mix the zest with the breadcrumbs, parsley and garlic, and season to taste.
    2. Place the cod fillets in a lightly oiled, large ovenproof dish. Then spread the mustard evenly over the top of the fish and sprinkle over the lemon juice. Arrange the tomatoes and courgette around the fish. Cut the remaining lemon into 4 wedges and put them into the dish too.
    3. Spoon the breadcrumb mixture over the fish and press down lightly. Drizzle with the olive oil. Bake the fish for 25 minutes or until the topping is crisp.
    4. Meanwhile, place the potatoes in a saucepan, cover with boiling water and add the saffron. Cook for 15–20 minutes or until tender. Drain the potatoes and mash with the milk. Season to taste. Serve with the saffron mash, tomatoes and courgettes.

    Alternatives to cod:

    Try this recipe with inexpensive fresh coley or pouting. They both belong to the cod family but are much cheaper and available in larger supermarkets or fishmongers.

    Some more ideas

    For a special occasion, bake the cod in individual ovenproof dishes. Slice the tomatoes, and replace the courgette with 1 red or yellow pepper, seeded and chopped. Put a piece of fish in each dish and arrange the sliced tomatoes on top. Scatter over the pepper and then the breadcrumb mixture, and bake for 20 minutes. Garnish with wedges of lemon. * For an oaty topping, replace 20 g (¾ oz) of the breadcrumbs with jumbo porridge oats. * Pieces of skinless salmon fillet can be used instead of cod. Replace the lemon zest with orange zest and add some snipped fresh chives to the breadcrumb topping.

    Plus points

    Although wholemeal bread is in many ways healthier than white bread, the latter contains twice as much calcium – 110 mg per 100 g (3½ oz) compared with 54 mg for the same weight. White breadcrumbs are particularly appealing for this recipe, but people with diabetes should choose wholegrain breads wherever possible. * Citrus fruits are nutritionally important for their vitamin C content.

    Each serving provides

    Excellent source of niacin, selenium, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin C. Good source of folate, iron, potassium, vitamin B12. Useful source of copper, vitamin A, vitamin E, zinc.

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     -  18 Oct 2011


    Sorry, tasted very bland to me.  -  12 Nov 2011