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Friday 23 October 2020

Cod Roasted - with watercress sauce and roasted cherry tomatoes


As Friday comes around again many of us turn to a fish dinner! How about this suggestion for a no-fuss fish dish, try roasted cod with easy watercress sauce and roasted cherry tomatoes.

Serves Six
Just 3g carb per serving

6 Icelandic cod fillets (about 175g/6oz each), skin on
25g butter, softened
2 tbsp olive oil
300g cherry tomatoes, a mix of red and yellow if you can get them

For the sauce:
2 shallots, finely chopped
150ml dry white wine
half a 200g tub crème fraîche
bunch of watercress, tough stalks removed, roughly chopped
juice of half a lemon
100ml whipping cream
parsley or chervil sprigs, to garnish

1. Smear the skin of the cod with the butter and season with sea salt. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a frying pan. When very hot add the cod, skin side down, and fry, without moving the fish, until the skin is crisp and golden. Invert on to a shallow ovenproof dish, ready to finish it off in the oven.

2. Put the cherry tomatoes in a separate shallow ovenproof dish and drizzle with another 1 tbsp oil.

3. To make the sauce, cook the shallots and wine in a small pan for about 2-3 minutes until the wine has almost gone. Tip into a food processor with the crème fraîche and watercress, season with salt and pepper and blitz. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to taste, return to the pan and set aside. Lightly whip the cream until it just holds its shape. (At this stage the cod, sauce and cream can be kept in the fridge, lightly covered with cling film, for up to 4 hours.)

4. About 20 minutes before you are ready to cook, preheat the oven to fan 170C : conventional 190C : gas mark 5. Roast the cod and tomatoes for 12-15 minutes until just cooked. Meanwhile, gently reheat the sauce, remove from the heat and fold in the cream. Taste and add more seasoning and lemon juice if necessary.

Set the cod on warm dinner plates with the cherry tomatoes and spoonful's of watercress sauce. Garnish with sprigs of parsley or chervil and serve with your choice of vegetables ...
Recipe idea from here

thought I'd share this - it made me smile
happy Friday wishes

A variety of recipe ideas are within this blog, but please note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


Marco Luijken said...

Hello Jan,
That looks so delicious. What a lovely meal.
It is sad that all restaurants are closed now.
So nice to make our own special and delicious meals.

Greetings, Marco

This N That said...

Looks yummy..I will have to try this one..Have a great weekend..

Martha said...

Yummy! Have a great weekend :)

Anonymous said...

Cod is one of my favorite types of fish to eat!

That sure looks tasty!

I might ask my wife if she can fry up some cod or salmon for me today.

Take good care!

sandy said...

Last night we had tilapia for dinner and then discussed trying cod next. so this works.

Tom said... is something that is rarely eat.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Just been gardening. Got in. I'm hungry. Thanx for this post, Jan. I think we have some fish in the fridge.

God bless.

eileeninmd said...


I love most fish, thanks for the recipe!
Take care, wishing you a great day and a happy weekend!

William Kendall said...

I like that snoopy gif.

CJ Kennedy said...


Elephant's Child said...

Watercress is a rarity here. Many years ago I knew where we could find some wild. Our stores rarely stock it. Which is a shame.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love cod, but we never get it fresh here in this land locked state.

Laura. M said...

Rica receta. Me encanta el bacalao.
A día de hoy puedo comer de todo sin problemas. Gracias Jan.
Buena noche. Cuidaros.
Un abrazo.

Christine said...

Looks so good!

happyone said...

Cute Snoopy cartoon.

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

This looks wonderful and the sauce sounds so delicate and delicious! Hope you have a nice weekend! x K

DVArtist said...

Ohhhh I can do this meal.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Tomatoes and cod are so good together! It is my husband's favorite fish.

peppylady (Dora) said...

Never heard of watercress sauce

Angie said...

Jan - looks delicious! And I adore Snoopy!

Valerie-Jael said...

Sounds delicious. Nice cartoon, too. Have a great weekend, stay safe, Valerie

Margaret D said...

Does look nice.
Only ever had smoked cod.

Martha said...

Another yummy recipe. Thank you!

carol l mckenna said...

Looks so good and healthy too ~ ^_^

Live each moment with love,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

p.s. Had death in family so am way behind in returning comments.

Debbie said...

i have never really been a fan of salmon, but i do love cod. this sounds delicious!!

Jeanie said...

This sounds really good, Jan. And I'm so glad you shared "Snoopy." I love him!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Have you checked the price of cod recently? It is a rich man's treat.