Lemon cod with basil bean mash

Lemon cod with basil bean mash

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(60 ratings)

Prep: 8 mins Cook: 18 mins


Serves 2
A heart-healthy supper that makes the perfect midweek meal for two

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal372
  • fat15g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs17g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre6g
  • protein44g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 2 small bunches cherry tomatoes, on the vine
  • 1 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…

  • chunks skinless cod or other white fish fillet



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

  • zest 1 lemon, plus juice of ½



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

  • 240g pack frozen soya beans
    Soya beans

    Soya beans

    soi-yah beenz

    Soya beans and soy beans are exactly the same and the names are used interchangeably according…

  • 1 garlic clove
  • bunch basil, leaves and stalks separated



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 100ml chicken or vegetable stock


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Put the tomatoes onto a baking tray, rub with a little oil and some seasoning, then roast for 5 mins until the skins are starting to split. Add the fish to the tray, top with most of the lemon zest and some more seasoning, then drizzle with a little more oil. Roast for 8-10 mins until the fish flakes easily.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the beans in a pan of boiling water for 3 mins until just tender. Drain, then tip into a food processor with the rest of the oil, garlic, basil stalks, lemon juice and stock, then pulse to a thick, slightly rough purée. Season to taste.

  3. Divide the tomatoes and mash between two plates, top with the cod, then scatter with basil leaves and the remaining lemon zest to serve.

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Comments (58)

yvonnelove's picture

I used broad beans which worked well but there was too much lemon for my liking so next time I will use less. Fish was absolutely gorgeous.

lucycarter95's picture

I couldn't find soya beans (went to 3 supermarkets with no luck) so I substituted butter beans instead, which were delicious. It was very garlicky but I like garlic so not a problem for me. I also didn't bother seperating the stalks/leaves and just chucked it all in! Found the lemon rind on top of the cod very bitter - I ended up scraping it off and if I did this recipe again I might just cook it in a foil parcel with a bit of lemon juice and roast the tomatoes seperately.

lacath's picture

Absolutely delicious. In less than 30 min ! I used frozen fava beans instead of soy beans. I added 8 small and thin shiitak withe the tomatoes. The fish was very thick, so I baked it 10 minutes and I was afraid it would not be cooked through, but it was just prefect. Not undercooked, not overcooked, just perfect.
I will definitely do it again !

nbennett's picture

Super quick, super easy and super delicious. Great week night meal and very healthy. I forgot to add the lemon juice to the mash but it still tasted great.

spcottrell's picture

I roasted plum tomatoes for 40 mins at 180 fan with 2:1 olive oil:balsamic vinegar and a teeny sprinkling of caster sugar. Cooked the oiled & seasoned cod without lemon zest for 8 mins on its own and it was perfectly cooked and didn't 'leak'. Bean mash was delicious and the whole thing with the tomatoey juices was just great. Lots of yums and mmmms. Couldn't fault it - 5*

Crumbortwo's picture

The flavours worked well but overall, I felt this dish was somewhat bland. The basil bean mash was particularly bland despite adding lots of seasoning. I would not cook this again.

angwatt's picture

The soya bean mash was a bit bland and needed extra lemon, basil, garlic and seasoning to help. It tasted quite nice when eaten with the cod and but lacked flavour by itself. A nice enough meal but I wouldn't rush to make it again. Also definitely need some veg or potatoes with this, not enough with just the soya bean mash and cod.

kandi1's picture

This is now a favourite on our dinner table. We use broad beans instead of soya.

catherinesalisbury's picture

Absolutely delicious. Took no time to prepare and cook. Couldn't find soya beans so used baby broad beans instead. This worked just as well. Will definitely make this recipe again

quincy1's picture

beautiful light meal.....very easy and quick ..will make again.

marieb1's picture

Made this last night - an incredibly quick and easy recipe and the flavours compliment each other really well. Will make again.

quinno's picture

Lovely! Also very easy to prepare :)

pinkystan's picture

Brilliant recipe - worked so well and looked so pretty and tasted amazing! I had to trek to Waitrose for the soya beans as they're not available in my Tesco but that was fine!

ladybrady's picture

Yum! Lemony garlicky goodness. I couldn't get my hands on any edamame so substituted cannelini beans. The mash was delicious but was more of a puree. Next time if using cannelini beans I would process the basil and garlic then add mashed cannelini beans to give more of a chunky texture.

Great recipe, can't wait to try it with edamame.

louisegemma's picture

The soya bean mash is gorgeous! Such a great low carb alternative.

louisemathema's picture

Bit disappointed with this one. The fish was lovely and the cherry tomatoes were just right - added them with the fish as suggested. the mash didn't really work for me though, didn't really like the taste or texture. Will make again but play around with the mash to see if I can get a better result

bluedragonfly's picture

Really tasty. I also used broad beans and used the zest and juice of half a lemon, as I felt too much lemon could be overpowering. I also found that 100ml of stock was too much. But next time I will just use 50ml stock. Extremely quick to do, but impressive.

janelewis1959's picture

This recipe is delicious. My daughter did not fancy the sound of the basil bean mash at all, but once she tried it, she loved it. The mash combined with the lemon, fish and tomato is just great. Of course, you could use other white fish like pollack or coley fillets.

janelewis1959's picture

Neither my husband nor daughter were impressed with the sound of this recipe .... but I went ahead anyway, and we all absolutely loved it! We thought the soya and basil mash was really delicious. I'll definitely do it again.

kuifke's picture

I was surprised by the well integrated taste of the lemon zest. Really liked this dish. Though I had some problems finding the soya beans.


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