Pesto & olive-crusted fish

Pesto & olive-crusted fish

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(57 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
A great way to pep up fish for a healthy, quick, mid-week meal.

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal219
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs17g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein30g
  • salt1.14g
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  • 2 tbsp green pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • finely grated zest 1 lemon



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

  • 10 green olives, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 85g fresh breadcrumb
  • 4 white fish fillets, such as cod or haddock


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Mix the pesto, lemon zest and olives together, then stir in the breadcrumbs.

  2. Lay the fish fillets on a baking tray, skinside down, then press the crumbs over the surface of each piece. Bake in the oven for 10-12 mins until the fish is cooked through and the crust is crisp and brown.

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19th Jul, 2019
SO GOOD! Left out the olives after reading the comments, this was insanely delicious and a new regular recipe in our house.
18th Nov, 2018
This is the first time I've rated a recipe as low as this. Having just tried this today, and being real olive and pesto lovers, we were very surprised by how bitter the topping was to the point that it spoiled the fish completely. I followed the recipe exactly but I think the bitterness of both the olives and lemon zest was just too much. Much better to have topped it with herby breadcrumbs like I have done in the past.
21st Oct, 2016
Made this last night and really enjoyed it. My boyfriend really liked it aswell and he doesn't even like olives! (I accidentally missed out the capers though, whoops)
24th Aug, 2016
This was great. Swapped the olives for garlic! Lovely :)
29th Jun, 2015
This is delicious! All of us liked it including my two year old and my pesto hating husband - yummy!
30th Jun, 2012
Very disappointing. Flavours were really strange. I'm not sure why they didn't work but will not make again.
21st Jun, 2012
This recipe was quick and easy. I made pesto from scratch using chilli oil and this added a little kick to the dish. Was really lovely with a sweet potato and spinach salad.
5th May, 2012
I made this for the first time last night as a quick meal and quick it was. Im not a fan of olives but added them anyway, or a fan of lemon with fish but went with it and really enjoyed the dish, however i may reduce the amount of lemon zest next time.
1st Apr, 2012
Tried this with a little chopped bird eye chilli. it lifts it to another level. You can adjust the heat to suit your pallet.
12th Feb, 2012
Totally forgot the lemon rind! But it was still lovely without. We tried it with the pesto rosso and the sun dried tomatoes. It was lovely!


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