30 minute Cod!

So never content with trying something once, I have now tried another of Jamie Oliver’s 30 minute meals, see the previous attempt here. This time his breadcrumbed cod. He calls this crusted cod but I think breadcrumbed has a nicer way about it.

Again, using a Magimix, this is super speedy. You create a tapenade effort with the sun dried tomato and normally I loathe tapenade. It is bitter and looks like a paste created from dead flies but this one is actually delicious and the anchovies can’t be tasted. We nearly didn’t get a tartare sauce because I have a mad craving for cornichons that results in me nearly getting my hand stuck in the cornichon jar. Because I couldn’t get to the ones at the bottom and couldn’t be bothered to find a fork, we had enough to make tartare sauce and I do think one needs it to refresh the palate!

Jamie Oliver serves this one with a vegetably mashed potato which doesn’t appeal and a salad with pancetta which does but I have left these out as I didn’t try them.

An alternative to cod is coley. Apparently it can be cooked in the same way as cod but it is not an endangered species. 

Jamie’s Crusty Cod

For the cod

  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 x 600g (or 6 x 180g) fillets of cod,skin on, scaled and pin-boned
  • 200g chunk of white crusty bread
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Half a 30g tin of anchovy fillets in oil
  • Half a 280g jar of sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • A small bunch of fresh basil
  • Half or 1 fresh red chilli
  • 40g Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lemon
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • A couple of sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • A couple of sprigs of fresh thyme

For the tartare sauce

  • 3 cornichons
  • 1 heaped tsp small capers
  • A small bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Half a 30g tin of anchovy fillets in oil
  • 1 lemon
  • Half a 400g jar of good-quality mayonnaise
  • Sweet paprika, for dusting

To start: Get all your ingredients and equipment ready. Fill and boil the kettle. Turn the grill on to full whack. Put a large saucepan on a low heat. Put the standard blade attachment into the food processor.

Cod: Put a few good lugs of olive oil into a large roasting tray, sprinkle with salt and pepper and scatter over a teaspoon of fennel seeds. Rub and toss the fish fillets in the flavours, then place skin side down. Drizzle with olive oil, then put under the grill in the middle of the oven for 5 minutes while you make the topping.

Roughly chop the bread and add to the food processor. Whiz, adding 2 peeled cloves of garlic with a drizzle of oil from the tin of anchovies as it’s whizzing, then tip the breadcrumb mixture into a bowl.

Put half the tin of anchovy fillets into the empty food processor with the drained sun-dried tomatoes, 2 cloves of peeled garlic, basil, chilli (stalk removed) and the chunk of Parmesan. Finely grate in the zest from the lemon, then squeeze in the juice. Add a couple of splashes of balsamic vinegar and whiz to a paste. You may need to scrape round the sides between whizzes. Get the fish out of the oven. Spoon and spread this paste over each fillet in a thick even layer, then scatter over the breadcrumbs. Drizzle a little olive oil over the thyme and rosemary sprigs, then lay on top of the two fillets and put back under the grill on the middle shelf for 10 minutes, or until golden and crisp.

Tartare sauce: Quickly rinse out the food processor and add 3 cornichons, a heaped teaspoon of capers, a small bunch of fresh parsley and half the tin of anchovies and their oil. Pulse a few times with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and the zest and juice of ½ a lemon. Whiz until fairly smooth, then transfer to a small bowl and add ½ the jar of mayo. Mix well, adding the juice of the rest of the lemon, tasting and tweaking as necessary. Sprinkle with the sweet paprika, drizzle over a little extra virgin olive oil and take to the table

Cod: Check the fish, and when the crust is golden and crisp take it out of the oven and straight to the table along with your bowl of mashy peas.



I would really recommend buying this book. It seems to be endlessly good value.

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2 thoughts on “30 minute Cod!

  1. Shaun bowler says:

    I cooked this dish for our main meal in our version of come dine with me!!!!
    Cooked for ten people everybody thought it was great!!!!

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