Roast cod with a lemon, garlic and parsley crust Recipe

  • 675g/1lb 8oz cod fillet, 3cm/1¼in thick
  • 85g/3oz white breadcrumbs, soft or slightly stale
  • 3 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • finely grated zest ½ lemon
  • 60g/2¼oz butter, melted
  • a squeeze of lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  • lemon wedges, to serve
  1. Season the cod with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Mix the breadcrumbs with the parsley, garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper, then add butter and lemon juice. Mix thoroughly with your fingers.
  3. Place the cod in a shallow, ovenproof dish and press the buttered crumbs firmly onto the cod to form an even crust. Bake at 220C/425F/Gas 7 for 20-25 minutes until the crust is browned and the fish just cooked through. Serve immediately.