Lemon & herb-crusted cod

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes + chilling
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 35 minutes + chilling

Serves: 4


25g pack flat leaf parsley, washed and thoroughly dried, leaves only
20g pack tarragon, washed and thoroughly dried, leaves only
½ 25g pack chives, washed and thoroughly dried, finely chopped
Zest of 2 lemons
1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
100g unsalted butter, softened
50g Panko breadcrumbs
4 x 175g pieces cod loin 


1. Put the herbs, lemon zest, garlic and butter into a food processor and blend until smooth. Tip into a bowl, stir through the breadcrumbs and season with salt and black pepper. Place the mixture between two sheets of greaseproof paper and use a rolling pin to flatten to a large rectangle the thickness of a pound coin. Refrigerate for 20 minutes until firm but pliable.

2. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Lay the herb crust on a large chopping board and remove the top sheet of greaseproof paper. Arrange the fish on top and cut around each piece. Flip the fish over and remove the greaseproof paper from the crust.

3. Transfer the fish to a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, then bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the fish is cooked through. Serve with new potatoes and a watercress salad.