Pesto & olive-crusted fish

Pesto & olive-crusted fish

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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


  • 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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Comments, questions and tips

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2nd May, 2009
We loved this so I also tried the fish topped with breadcrumbs, grated cheese and pesto, and it was a real hit too. Use sundried tomato pesto for another twist. I also make a tomato and veg sauce for the side.
2nd Apr, 2009
This was lush and quick too. I used frozen fish, so I stuck it in the oven for a bit before adding the topping. Worked really well. I also didn't have fresh lemon, so used a splash of lemon juice instead of the rind. Also my fan oven is incredibly fast, so if I had left it at 180 degrees for the full time the topping would have burnt, so I'd say experiment with your oven to get the right cooking time and temperature.
18th May, 2008
Worked very well. If your fish is quite big/thick, make sure you leave it in for a bit longer than 12 minutes though!
14th Apr, 2008
I didn't manage the Olives, but if you make your pesto from scratch then it really makes an easy main course. I have made it for numerous friends and they all love it!
4th Feb, 2008
Very tasty, left the sun dried tomatoes chopped in stead of putting them in food processor. Good for fmily or dinner party. Very easy.


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