Thyme roast cod & panzanella salad

Thyme roast cod & panzanella salad

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 10 mins


Serves 6

This elegant seafood supper of succulent white fish with a tomato, caper and crispy crouton salad makes an attractive dinner party main

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal426
  • fat22g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs22g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre3g
  • protein33g
  • salt2.3g


  • 900g cod loin, skin removed, or 6 pieces of cod fillet



    A popular mild-flavoured saltwater fish mainly found in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Cod…

  • 3 tbsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 6 large thyme sprigs
  • 25g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • juice ½ lemon



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

For the panzanella salad

  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 6 tbsp rapeseed oil
    Rapeseed oil

    Rapeseed oil

    If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

  • 600g mixed heritage tomatoes, different colours and shapes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • ½ tbsp flaky sea salt
  • 200g sourdough bread
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tbsp Cabernet Sauvignon vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  • 3 tbsp small capers
    Capers in bowl



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub that grows in the Mediterranean. As they…

  • ½ small bunch parsley, roughly chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • large handful basil leaves, roughly chopped


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Place the garlic bulb in the centre of a piece of foil. Spoon over 1 tbsp rapeseed oil, then scrunch the foil up around the bulb to make a parcel. Bake for 1 hr.

  2. Meanwhile, dice the large tomatoes and cut any small ones in half. Tip into a bowl, sprinkle over the sea salt, toss together and set aside for half an hour.

  3. After the garlic bulb has been cooking for 40 mins, tear the sourdough into bite-sized pieces and place on a baking tray. Drizzle with 2 tbsp rapeseed oil, sprinkle with a little salt, then add the crushed garlic and toss everything together. Bake for 15 mins, stirring halfway through, until golden and crispy. Remove both the toasted croutons and garlic bulb from the oven and turn up to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.

  4. Once the tomatoes have wilted slightly, set a colander or sieve over a bowl and strain them, catching all the juices. Whisk the remaining oil, the vinegar and capers into the tomato juices. Once cool enough to handle, squeeze the garlic cloves from the bulb and whisk these in too. Taste and season.

  5. Cut the cod into 6 even pieces, season, drizzle with 1 tbsp oil and leave for 10 mins. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large non-stick, ovenproof frying pan. Top each piece of cod with a sprig of thyme and place, thyme-side down, in the pan. Cook for 1-2 mins until the cod starts to colour. Transfer the pan to the oven and cook for 4-6 mins, depending on thickness.

  6. Meanwhile, mix the crispy croutons and tomatoes together in a bowl. Pour over the dressing, scatter with the parsley and basil, and toss everything together. Divide the salad between plates. When the cod is cooked, add the butter to the pan and let it melt. Squeeze in the lemon juice and baste the cod in the buttery juices. Turn the portions over to reveal the thyme-studded fish. Serve with the salad and some of the juices from the pan, then grind over a little black pepper.

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Aisha Dawn's picture
Aisha Dawn
29th Jul, 2020
It came out so delicious. Especially the salad.
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Anna Van Boesschoten
15th Jun, 2019
An excellent recipe, fresh and summery - loved it! Halved the quantities for two of us, was not too much!
20th Jul, 2016
Lovely meal and ideal for summer served with a nice green salad
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