Cashew, chilli & lime-crusted fish

Cashew, chilli & lime-crusted fish

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins Plus marinating


Serves 4
The full-flavoured crust gives a hint of heat to this Indian-style meal

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal356
  • fat22g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre1g
  • protein32g
  • salt0.24g
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  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 fat garlic clove, finely grated until it resembles a paste
  • 4 skinless sustainable white fish fillets, about 140g each
  • 5 tbsp lime juice

For the crust

  • 100g cashews



    The seeds from the 'Cashew Apple' - a tree which bears bright orange fruit and is native…

  • 4 mild red chillies
  • 6 fat garlic cloves, peeled
  • thumb-tip-size piece fresh root ginger, roughly chopped



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 1 tbsp cumin powder



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil


  1. Rub the oil and garlic paste over the fish with 2 tbsp of the lime juice. Season, then marinate for 20-30 mins.

  2. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Whizz together the crust ingredients and the remaining lime juice to make a rough paste. Pat the fish fillets dry with some kitchen paper, then press a quarter of the crust onto each fillet. Lift onto an oiled baking tray, then roast for 12-15 mins until cooked through.

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Comments (21)

Frantic Flapjack's picture

I was a bit dubious about this one as the ingredients were a little unusual but it was a hit. Really good flavour although I used half almond flakes as I didn't have enough cashews but this didn't seem to make any difference to the texture or taste. Served with jacket potatoes, baked tomatoes and broccoli.

beeston14's picture

this dish was amazing so tasty and moreish, had it on top of salmon and white fish and served it with stir fry veg beautiful

lizg987's picture

Tasty crust and very easy way to jazz up a piece of fish or chicken for a quick , simple and delicious mid-week meal.

annala2001's picture

Just finished eating this dish - absolutely delicious! I put the crust on smoked river cobbler with mash and steamed broccoli and kale - the combination was perfect. I finished the fish off in the grill to get a nice crispy topping. will definitely be doing again!

lahelapixie's picture

Really tasty and dead quick to make. Fast evening meal. Serves with potatoes and courgette salad.

saimamajid's picture

this recipe was a great find an easy after work dinner, cashews ginger chilli fab combo.

cawpeanut's picture

This is very easy to make and tastes lovely! I only used 2 chillis instead of the suggested 4 chillies and it was hot enough for us! Made for a dinner party and served with new potatoes, baby asparagus and broad beans. Will try again with salmon and chicken.

lizleicester's picture

Lovely, even though I only had mixed chopped nuts instead of cashews.

eleanormayo's picture

This was great, I doubled the recipe, but used less chilli than stated - the cashews were fantastic......will definitely do it again.

ericathefirst's picture

I was a big fan of this dish! Great idea to use cashew nuts in the crust. I used about half the recommended amount of chilli because I'm a bit of a wimp, but the mix of flavours was delicious, the best fish dish I've had in a long time!

phwiiii's picture

disappointing. not sure what i did wrong but it just wasnt right.

bowen192's picture

Absolutely gorgeous - the cashew nuts worked so well, much better than using breadcrumbs to make a crust with. Used dried chilli's / ground ginger etc as I didn't have much fresh stuff, but tasted amazing - didn't put too much chilli in as I don't like food too hot. Took a bit longer to cook than it said - took about 20 minutes, but was worth waiting a bit longer!

bhoopsb's picture

Delicious, served on a bed of peppery mash with grilled courgette either side.

laverne's picture

Fantastic recipe. Used two jalapeno size chillies and found it way too hot. Only used two garlic cloves in crust. Would have liked the crust to crisp up - mine remained soft.

stelaholder's picture

Quick and easy to make. Used haddock fillets and served with boiled potatoes and swiss chard. Next time will have to season the fish before putting the crust on.

pegohart1's picture

Scrummy, easy & quick. Ideal afterwork/aftergym receipe.

Lovely72's picture

Really great recipe, very easy to make and tasted lovely. Will def be making again and can highly recommend. I cooked it with haddock which was lovely. Yummy!

lizzafezza's picture

Very tasty and easy. Would be nice on chicken breasts too.

laxmirao's picture

A delicious spicy paste - easy and quick to make too. I tried it with salmon and it was very good.

This will be a regular in our house from now on!


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