Roast fish with chickpeas & ginger

Roast fish with chickpeas & ginger

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
An autumnal warmer of a fish dish from John Torode

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal318
  • fat12g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre4g
  • protein38g
  • salt2.01g
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  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tsp Thai 7- spice (we used Schwartz)
  • very large knob root ginger (about 100g), peeled and finely chopped or grated
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 4 white fish fillets, approx 175g each
  • large handful coriander leaves, coarsely chopped


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Heat the oil in a deep, ovenproof frying pan, tip in the 7-spice and sizzle for a moment. Add the ginger and chilli, give it a stir, then add the chickpeas, stirring to coat them with the spices. Pour in the tomatoes, season to taste and bring to the boil.

  2. Season the fish and place on top of the chickpea mix, skin side down. Splash some of the sauce over the fish, then roast for 12 mins, or until the fish flakes when gently pressed. Scatter over the coriander and serve.

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Comments (20)

joanna1972's picture

Was a tad concerned about the amount of ginger in this...but it worked perfectly, the heat was lovely without overpowering the flavours. Didn't bother heating up the oven to finish this off (seemed like a waste of energy), just popped the lid on the frying pan after adding the fish until it was cooked....yummy!

lozandjon's picture

Loved this one, so flavoursome. Quick & easy too which is great for a midweek meal.

Rowena Wilkes's picture

Made it again today and it was much better this time. I added an extra tin of tomatos to make the 'sauce' go further. I only put 1.5 tsp of 7 spice in aswell and I think this was plenty. Really enjoyed it and will be making it again

Rowena Wilkes's picture

I have cooked this before a long time ago and thought that the ginger was way too over-powering. I think that was because i found it hard to grate it fine enough and it was a bit too fibreous (spelling??) for my liking. Im going to try this recipe again tomorrow as I now have a super-duper contraption for getting ginger grated perfectly without all the fibres. Cant wait!

tigershu's picture

I tried this with a thick piece of hake and it was delicious.

frenchsonya's picture

Thanks Hayleydthatsme...I'll give that a go!

hayleydthatsme's picture

Ingredients to make your own Thai 7-spice mix

Lemon Peel
Black Pepper

9 ingredients in a 7 spice formula? Salt and Lemon Peel are not regarded as spices!

franniban's picture

This was lovely, except that I over did it with a scotch bonnet chili. Will definatley do again, minus that.

eleanormayo's picture

A lovely recipe which I have done quite a few times (a good way to do fish in the winter), although I only use 1 tsp of 7spice, otherwise I think it might blow my head off!

Lovely72's picture

Have made this loads of times, really lovely flavours but often comes out a bit watery - not sure if this is the tinned tomatoes or perhaps the fish (usually use haddock)??? Anyone got any ideas on how to prevent this? Thanks

frenchsonya's picture

I agree with Inga in Iceland - I live in France and cannot get Thai 7-spice. Could someone let us know what spices are in the Thai 7-spice mix and perhaps we could make our own? Thanks!

cakeanyone's picture

I used Ras El Hanout spice mix as I didn't have Thai 7 Spice and added chilli but it was a little too hot so will halve the chilli next time. Quick and easy to make but nothing special.

anniokm's picture

Lovely dish, quick and easy. i took bc500 advice and i didn't put lot of chilli, and i added a teaspoon of sugar!

Lovely72's picture

Really quick & easy. Very tasty but I think I overdid the 7 spice which had us rather hot & sweaty!! Other than that it was lovely and would def make again.

katyrouth's picture

Inga - I tend to use garam masala instead as I felt I already had too many spice mixes in my cupboard and wouldn't use Thai 7-spice often enough to make it worth it. Just use whatever you like!

ingaflakkari's picture

Any idea what you could instead of Thai 7 spice in case I cannot find it here in Iceland?

beverleyc's picture

Very tasty, quick and nutritious. But don't add the chilli unless you like your food with a real kick - the thai 7 spice alone contains quite a lot of chilli!

lilicol's picture

This is something I saw in the magazine and now cook all the time - quick, easy and really tasty!!

trudig's picture

I was intruiged (and a little sceptical) but the flavours do work.

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