Lemon cod with basil bean mash

Lemon cod with basil bean mash

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(69 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 low-sodium 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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5th Sep, 2014
Very bland, the texture of the soya bean 'mash' with the fish was not satisfying.
8th May, 2014
Disappointing outcome despite the ingredients. I found the fish bland despite the non zest and seasoning and the same went for the mash. I used a whole packet of basil with the soya beans and the rest of the ingredients but it lacked depth. Honestly I wouldn't repeat the meal
7th Feb, 2014
Made this for an easy Friday night dinner and thought it was fab! I roasted the garlic first, used less stock and added extra lemon juice and basil leaves to the mash. Served with a sweet jacket potato and tenderstem broccoli which both complimented the dish really well and made it a more substantial meal. Would definitely make again.
23rd Jan, 2014
Made this last night and found it surprisingly bland - ended up adding extra lemon juice, white wine and some parmesan to the mash - the fish I thought was quite tasteless too - I took on the tip of roasting the tomatoes with some sugar and balsamic and that did add some extra taste thankfully. I would definitely do the mash again but possibly with a tastier fish or meat.
16th Jan, 2014
Amazing tasty meal which I have done many times for supper and even for a Friday night dinner party. It is filling enough just with the mash but if you want to go overboard add a stack of chunky chips on the side......oven chips of course midweek ! It is really healthy too!
23rd Mar, 2013
Used a mixture of plum and cherry toms. On the advice and comments re garlic and lemon juice i used all the beans (500g) but same amount of garlic and lemon. Roasted toms for same amount of time as the fish. Also served with some jacket sweet potato. It all went well together and my guest was impressed. Will def be making this again.
29th Jan, 2013
This was far too lemony for me.
13th Oct, 2012
I just made this for lunch for my friends and it was very much liked. It's an excellent dish for weekend lunches as it's light, tasty and leaves enough space for dessert :)
7th Oct, 2012
Great taste and easy to make - love the soy bean paste (good for meatfree proteins).
1st Oct, 2012
Bursting with delicious flavours! I took on board some of the comments and roasted some garlic with the tomatoes which I sprinkled with a pinch of sugar and some balsamic vinegar. I also spread some wholegrain mustard on top of the cod before baking. I used broad beans for the mash but next time would use less stock as it was the consistency of baby food! My husband did ask "what's for the main course?" but it was surprisingly filling and I will definitely make this again.


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