Lemon Parmesan Crusted Cod…

We really don’t have enough fish in our diets, its so good for you but we have been trying to do at least 2 days a week meat free and making some swaps to more veggies and fish.

I have used both frozen and fresh fish with this dish before so feel free to use which ever you prefer. Buying it frozen can often be cheaper but the fillets can also be full of extra water so may need to drain excess water when cooking.

I have served this with gigantes plaki, a Greek dish known in English as giant baked beans. Some may have seen us use this dish in other recipes as its such a tasty and filling dish to pair with fish.

Some recommended items from our kitchen to make this dish…

  • A big time saver for chopping veg with a veg chopper, from onions to carrots this is a god send to chop quickly.
  • Double sided dry and liquid measuring spoons for times when you need to measure both liquid and dry ingredients.
  • A decent set of knives for chopping, with a knife sharpener which is always handy.
  • Skillet pans, not only are they great for frying but they can also go in the oven.

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Lemon Parmesan Crusted Cod

Serves 2


For the cod:-

  • 2 large or 4 small cod fillets
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 30g wholemeal bread, blitzed to breadcrumbs
  • Zest of 1 small lemon
  • 30g parmesan, finely grated

For the gigantes plaki:-

  • 400g tin butter beans
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 1 large carrots, roughly diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, deseeded and roughly diced
  • 1 stick celery, roughly diced
  • 3 teaspoons herbes de provence
  • Β½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely diced


  1. Preheat oven 180Β°C fan.
  2. Mix the breadcrumbs, lemon zest, half the parmesan and the herbs together.
  3. Place the cod fillets on a baking tray and evenly coat the fillets with the breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Place in the oven and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile in a skillet pan fry the onion, carrot and celery on a low heat until translucent, add a tiny bit of water if they start to colour and burn.
  6. Add the herbs and pepper and fry for a further 1 minute.
  7. Stir in the tinned tomatoes, beans and puree and stir to combine all the flavours.
  8. Place the cod fillets in the skillet pan, top with the remaining parmesan and place the skillet pan in the oven to cook for a further 10 minutes.
  9. Check the fish is cooked by gently pulling the fish away with a fork, if it flakes easily then its cooked, place back in the oven for another 5 minutes if its not quite ready.