Baked Cod with Pesto

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Baked Cod with Pesto
Baked Cod with Pesto
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  • Baked Cod:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cod fillets
  • 4 thin slices lemon
  • Fresh Pesto:
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 or 2 large cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Stir olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl; brush onto fillets and place into a baking dish. Top each fillet with 2 lemon slices.
  3. Bake fish in preheated oven until fish flakes easily, 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Combine the basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic cloves, olive oil and parmesan cheese into the bowl of a food processor; process just until a paste forms season with salt and pepper.
  5. Drop about half of the pesto onto each of two plates. Place cod fillets onto pesto.
Mealthy tip:

Feel free to switch out the basil in the pesto for parsley or even kale. Don't over-process into a puree; it's nice to retain some texture. Adapt this recipe to any white fish fillets you can find, such as cod, tilapia, or huachinango. The best choice will be what is local and fresh to you!


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February 02, 2018 at 8:47pm

Jessica Scott says:

This was a really light, delicious dish! I actually topped the pesto and cod in spiralized zucchini noodles, and it was so yummy!

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October 03, 2017 at 5:54am

Randall Hauk says:

I toasted the pine nuts before blending. I think that's okay. It tasted okay. Cod is a nice piece of fish for a fresh pesto. I was going to grill it, but went with the baking at the last moment due to an empty propane tank. Glad I did. I think it was for the better. I just felt this recipe was lacking one more element to pull everything together at the end.