Coriander cod with carrot pilaf

Coriander cod with carrot pilaf

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(66 ratings)

Prep: 8 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
A superhealthy supper: low fat and containing a good source of beta-carotene. Great for keeping those New Year's resolutions and quick to make too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal305
  • fat7g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs50g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre3g
  • protein14g
  • salt0.31g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 4 skinless cod fillets, about 175g/6oz each



    A popular mild-flavoured saltwater fish mainly found in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Cod…

  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • zest and juice 1 lemon



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

  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 large carrots, grated



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 200g basmati rice
  • 600ml vegetable stock


  1. Heat the grill pan to high, then line with double thickness foil and curl up the edges to catch the juices. Brush lightly with oil and put the cod on top. Sprinkle over the coriander, lemon zest and juice and drizzle with a little more of the oil. Season with salt and pepper, then grill for 10-12 mins until the fish flakes easily.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a pan. Add the onion and cumin and fry for a few mins. Add the carrots and stir well, then stir in the rice until glistening. Add the stock and bring to the boil. Cover and cook gently for about 10 mins until the rice is tender and the stock absorbed. Spoon the rice onto 4 warm plates, top with cod and pour over the pan juices.

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Comments (56)

roxy_denny's picture

Love this dish and have made it lots. The first time I halved the recipe but forgot to halve the carrots and I loved it so always make it like that now!

kaz39tyas's picture

I particularly liked the rice part of this dish. I added half a grated courgette too which worked well. I must admit I cooked the rice separately and added it to the fried onion, carrot and courgette mix when cooked and just tossed it all together.

marzipanfeind's picture

Tasty and simple. Just added some frozen peas to the rice. I used cheap supermarket frozen 'value' fish that I defrosted first. Perfect just after Christmas - cheap, light and still really satisfying.

gfletcher100's picture

A new favourite in our house. Great for mid week as it's quick & easy with not too many ingredients. I agree with some of the other comments about putting the fish in after the rice (depending on how big the cod is). Best thing about it is it doesn't feel like you're sacrificing anything for the healthy factor.

hanny16's picture

Not a huge rice fan, I always find it a bit boring but loved it with the grated carrot and courgette. Will definately make all my rice like that in the future. I used ground cumin and the flavour was just right. The fish was really tasty too, I used dried coriander as I didn't have any fresh and tasted good. Might use a bit less lemon juice next time though. Really simple recipe but looks impressive

Hippy chick's picture

Delicious and so easy. Second time in 10 days that I have cooked this and it's been wolfed down by all both times - yum. Tried it with courgette and carrot in the rice today and it was very tasty. I didn't use the full quantity of cumin and I'm glad because there was a nice hint of flavour without it being over powering.

charleyq's picture

Feels so healthy!
It's needs some more green on the plate though, maybe green beans.
I carried out step 2 before step 1 and it was well timed..
Will definitely make again, my two year old loved it too.

kimshibbybob's picture

Delicious and light, will make again! Goes well with a nice Chardonnay ;)

markhorne's picture

This is fast food at its best - super tasty, dead easy and healthy to boot! My teenage son even asked if we could have it again next week and he normally likes his cod with chips and mushy peas ;-)

jackrussell01's picture

A little bit too much stock, but the rice was very tasty...

stoyan_zlatev's picture

I will use cod loin instead ( this is what i've got ) . Hope it won't make any difference ...

sookiepie's picture

I didn't like the rice - all I could taste was the cumin seeds. And my husband thought it tasted a bit soupy which I think was down to the veg stock.

jaebee's picture

Really nice. I've made it twice, once with the cumin seeds and fresh coriander and then with ground cumin and coriander from a little jar (in oil) both worked out well. Next time I will try half cumin seeds and half ground cumin. Cod and haddock worked for us. Added odds and ends from the fridge to the rice - some red pepper, chopped mini corn on cobs, etc really fab, the rice is a nice supper dish on its own.

lsmith52's picture

I made this with pollack which was fine but we both felt that the rice was a little bland. If I made it again, I'd probaby add some chillies.

clubby74's picture

We really enjoyed this very tasty

snoble's picture

Lovely quick and delicious meal! My 6 year old found the flavour of the rice too strong so I'll use less coriander next time.

katetudor's picture

Absolutely delicious. Very healthly and tasty - a difficult combination to get right! I added grated courgette as per the note and it makes the rice taste amazing.

jules020370's picture

This was absolutely gorgeous....even the kids loved it. I added peas to boost the veg count :-)

andrealphus's picture

I was cooked this, using brown basmati rice (which obviously takes a little longer), and it was delicious - would definitely recommend it - it's simple enough even for men to cook!!! ;o)

fionapacke's picture

We tried this with lime, it was a great alternative! Very good recipe, cheap and easy!


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