Lemon cod with basil bean mash

Lemon cod with basil bean mash

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(64 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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3rd Sep, 2012
Lovely creation by using an alternative mash like soy beans! Didn't know that it could rival the taste of classic potato mash! And the lovely twang of lemon zest & juice add excitement to the taste. Simply delicious and easy ~ great for quick suppers with family.
30th Aug, 2012
This is amazing! the very first thing from GoodFood that I tried and I loved it so much! as well as my very picky husband! its a must do!!!
29th Aug, 2012
Beautiful. Used Seabass as Cod was too pricey but itvwas heavenly. Couldn't find soya beans so used butter beans instead. Thus got a big thumbs up from himself who is not one for venturing outside of the mashed potato zone :) Definitely will make again.
27th Aug, 2012
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.
6th Aug, 2012
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.
16th Jun, 2012
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 !
15th Jun, 2012
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.
14th Jun, 2012
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*
18th May, 2012
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.
2nd May, 2012
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.


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