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    Polenta and Herb-Crusted Cod

    Polenta flavoured with fresh herbs and lemon zest makes an excellent instant crumb coating for this fish dish. Serve with Waitrose Perfectly Balanced Oven Chips for a healthier fish-and-chip meal.

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 15 minutes
    • Total time: 30 minutes 30 minutes

    Serves: 2


    • 50g polenta
    • 1 unwaxed lemon, zest grated, then sliced into 6
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 1 tbsp chopped fresh lemon thyme
    • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
    • 1 medium egg, beaten
    • 2 fresh Icelandic prime cod fillets, 150-220g each
    • 2 tbsp olive oil


    1. In a shallow bowl, mix together the polenta, lemon zest, garlic and herbs, then season well. Pour the beaten egg into a shallow bowl, dip the fish in the egg and then into the polenta mixture, pressing it well onto the fish.
    2. Heat the oil in a frying pan and, when hot, reduce the heat to medium and add the fish. Cook for 5-6 minutes each side until the polenta crust is golden and the fish is cooked through. Remove the fish and add the lemon slices; cook for 30 seconds on each side until the edges catch slightly.
    3. Serve the fish with the lemon slices, accompanied by Waitrose Perfectly Balanced Oven Chips and peas.

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    Use the polenta and herb coating for other fish, such as plaice or sole. Add different fresh herbs, such as basil, chives or rosemary.


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