A great recipe for this creamy and savoury cod dish, perfect to warm you up in winter.


  • 8 - 10 Basil leafs

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped

  • 10ml (2tsp) olive oil

  • Dash of lemon juice

  • 200g (7 oz) Fresh Cod Fillet, skinless

  • 100g (3 1/2 oz) hot mashed potatoes

  • 20g (¾ oz) fresh cream

  • 15g (1/2 oz) butter

  • Red pepper, with stalk, halved and de-seeded

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 thyme sprigs

  • 1/2 tsp sugar

  • Salt and pepper to season

  • 2 tbsp water

  • Slice of cheddar cheese

  • Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg

  • Pinch of paprika

  • Croutons to serve, made from a French baguette


  • 1.

    Crush the basil, garlic, one teaspoon of olive oil, lemon juice and flaked raw cod fillet in a pestle and mortar until they form a paste. You can also use a food processor for this.

  • 2.

    Mix this paste to the hot mashed potato, nutmeg,cream and butter then set aside.

  • 3.

    In a very hot pan sweat the halved red pepper with bay leaf, thyme, remaining olive oil, salt and pepper and a pinch of sugar.

  • 4.

    Once you have browned the peppers slightly add a splash of water to steam.

  • 5.

    Put a lid over this immediately and put straight into the oven at 200ºC for two minutes.

  • 6.

    Take the pepper from the oven and fill with the fish paste topped with a thin slice of cheddar cheese and a sprinkle of paprika. Return to the oven and cook for twelve minutes.

  • 7.

    Serve with croutons.

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