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Supper Club: This fish and grains tray bake is the perfect midweek supper


By Meg Walker
21st Feb 2024
Supper Club: This fish and grains tray bake is the perfect midweek supper

Roasted vine tomatoes and a quick, easy-to-make pesto are all that’s needed to turn a simple fish dish into a sophisticated feast.

We’ve used cod in this recipe but other fish fillets such as hake or salmon would work equally well.

Cod, basil & tomato bake with pesto-ey grains
Serves 2

Cooking and prep time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 x 250g pouch of ready cooked Pesto-ey Italian infused Grains
  • 25g fresh basil, leaves and stalks separated
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 280g cod loin steak, cut into 2 fillets
  • 300g mixed vine tomatoes
  • leaves from 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • salt and black pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (170°C fan)/ gas mark 5.
  2. Spread out the pesto grains in an even layer in an ovenproof dish so that they cover the bottom of the dish, reserving 2 tablespoons.
  3. Put the reserved grains into a small blender, add half the basil leaves and all the stalks. Add 4 teaspoons of the olive oil and blend to make a chunky pesto.
  4. Lift the cod steaks into the ovenproof dish, on the top of the grains. Arrange the tomatoes around the fish, leaving them on their vines, as these will add flavour, but cutting any really large tomatoes in half.
  5. Drizzle the remaining olive oil over the fish, sprinkle with the thyme leaves and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the flesh of the cod is just flaking apart. Drizzle the pesto over, garnish with the remaining basil leaves and serve at once.

 

Extracted from The Pulses & Grains Cookbook by Merchant Gourmet (Quadrille).