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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12th May, 2011
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
16th Feb, 2011
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.
4th Feb, 2011
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.
4th Nov, 2010
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.
15th Oct, 2010
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.
9th Oct, 2010
Lovely! I did a little bit of rice for the kids who were happy with this. The mash was also great. Very tasty and fresh. Will be making again.
30th Sep, 2010
Very easy, the fish and tomatoes were amazing. I think I need to play around with the mash a little as it was a bit of a let down.
28th Sep, 2010
Lovely...especially the mash! I used smoke haddock as that's all I had....a bit over-powering but still very nice!
22nd Sep, 2010
I also used broad beans which worked well. I must have used a very fat garlic clove though, as it was a little too strong. Otherwise a lovely recipe.
22nd Sep, 2010
Fantastic recipe, used soya beans first time but broad beans second, just as good with both. A bit too much mash but altogether great taste.


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