Pesto & olive-crusted fish

Pesto & olive-crusted fish

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(36 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
A great way to pep up fish for a healthy, quick, mid-week meal.

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal219
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs17g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein30g
  • salt1.14g
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  • 2 tbsp green pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • finely grated zest 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 10 green olive, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 85g fresh breadcrumb
  • 4 white fish fillets, such as cod or haddock


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Mix the pesto, lemon zest and olives together, then stir in the breadcrumbs.

  2. Lay the fish fillets on a baking tray, skinside down, then press the crumbs over the surface of each piece. Bake in the oven for 10-12 mins until the fish is cooked through and the crust is crisp and brown.

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Comments (33)

hannahcara's picture

Made this last night and really enjoyed it. My boyfriend really liked it aswell and he doesn't even like olives! (I accidentally missed out the capers though, whoops)

minniep93's picture

This was great. Swapped the olives for garlic! Lovely :)

x-x-x-faerie-x-x-x's picture

This is delicious! All of us liked it including my two year old and my pesto hating husband - yummy!

cakeanyone's picture

Very disappointing. Flavours were really strange. I'm not sure why they didn't work but will not make again.

karyn-betty's picture

This recipe was quick and easy. I made pesto from scratch using chilli oil and this added a little kick to the dish. Was really lovely with a sweet potato and spinach salad.

ruthy10's picture

I made this for the first time last night as a quick meal and quick it was. Im not a fan of olives but added them anyway, or a fan of lemon with fish but went with it and really enjoyed the dish, however i may reduce the amount of lemon zest next time.

bicolana's picture

Tried this with a little chopped bird eye chilli. it lifts it to another level. You can adjust the heat to suit your pallet.

thebraininjane's picture

Totally forgot the lemon rind! But it was still lovely without. We tried it with the pesto rosso and the sun dried tomatoes. It was lovely!

chops100's picture

Worked a treat and really livened up plain white fish. Followed recipe exactly but used red pesto. Served with roasted veg and green salad. Tasty.

amandam36's picture

Very tasty! I tried this last night using the sun dried tomato option, lovely :-)

libby0's picture

Delicious and very easy. I used cheap frozen fish and I was amazed by how good it tasted. The children loved it too!

sophiecritchley's picture

Very easy for a mid-week meal, and tasty too! I also served it with roasted veg and couscous.

evelynjcooper's picture

A hit in our household, will be repeating.

joanna1972's picture

Absolutely loved this, so simple to make and quick too. Served it with new potatoes and a salad of finely sliced fennel, cabbage and courgettes with lemon and olive oil dressing.

phoenixshonour's picture

Even my fish-hating parter liked this one! I wasn't a fan of the olives, but they worked pretty well in this dish. I added extra lemon juice to the breadcrumb mix to make it 'stick' better, and it tasted really nice.

chris1976x's picture

I cooked this a while back, I must of messed it up becuase it was horrible! I think i tried to coat the whole fish and the bread was soggy, the top didnt risp up like I wanted to so it was absolutely discusting.
Loved the idea of it so may give it another go buy do it properly next time.

bonbon-1975's picture

This was a lovely recipe - really easy and quick to make so great for a healthy mid week meal!! Like others I didnt bother to use the olives but it tasted great anyway - even the kids had clean plates!! lol! will defenetly use this recipe again & I'll try the alternative option too to see how that goes!! Top marks!! :-)

Frantic Flapjack's picture

Tried the alternative "Add Colour" ingredients above. Really lovely and very quick and tasty.

psamiad1's picture

Disappointingly bland


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