Scottish Oat & Pistachio Crusted Cod

Scottish Cod

I am very lucky to live in a Country with an amazing Food Larder and 1 type of Food that Scotland is known for is it’s Fresh Fish, the Scottish Fishing Industry is currently worth around £316 million to Scotland, unfortunately that number has went down recently due to Covid, but at the height back in 2015 it was worth nearly £437 million. Most of its catch comes in from Aberdeen, then some from central and southern areas. Some of the most popular seafood caught in Scotland are mainly shellfish such as Mussels, Shrimp & Crab but also Salmon, Cod, Haddock & Mackerel.

My local Fishmonger Ryan Black, is from a nearby Town called Kirkcaldy which is in the Fife region, they provide a fantastic service and deliver straight to your door, straight from the shore. There is nothing better than getting the freshest fish delivered the same day. I got some lovely pieces of Cod for dinner.

Having some Pistachios in my cupboard to be used, I decided to try my Pistachio Crust recipe with the Cod and it worked a treat….super delicious, healthy and quick mid week meal.

Serves 2

2 Cod Fillets

25g Pistachio’s

20g Scottish Oats

1 Tbsp Mustard Powder or 2 Tsp Dijon Mustard

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Salt & Pepper to taste

1 Tsp Dried Parsley or small handful of fresh

  1. Line a baking Tray with greaseproof paper and preheat your oven to fan 210 deg C
  2. Using a processor, blitz the pistachios and oats together with the parsley until roughly chopped
  3. If using mustard powder, take 1 tbsp into a bowl and squeeze 1 tbsp lemon juice in and mix into a paste, leave to sit for 10 minutes to allow flavour to develop.
  4. Lay cod onto baking sheet and spoon the mustard over the fish, season with salt and pepper, then place the pistachio crust mix over the top covering the fish, press down to secure. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until opaque.
  5. Serve with a slice of lemon.


Scottish Fish Medley

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Got some of my favourite fish from my fishmongers… Jim Mason from St. Monans (small fishing village in Fife), he’s brilliant, always has fresh fish thats caught that morning and delivers to your door the same day…can’t ask for better than that.

1 x Scottish Smoked Cod

1 x Scottish Salmon, flatter the better

2 x Handfuls of Spinach

1 tbsp cream cheese (Extra light philadelphia is my fav)

Few slices of beetroot

Handful of chopped parsley

squeeze of lemon juice

extra light mayo

 

Preheat oven to 180 deg (or Fish setting)

1. Spread salmon with cream cheese and lay some spinach on top, the carefully roll salmon into a roll, cut to desired portion size and tie tightly with string to hold each portion together. Put into an oven bag and make a couple of holes in bag, place on oven tray.

2. Place smoked cod into an oven bag sprinkle with little lemon juice, make a couple of holes in bag and place in oven on tray.

3. Bake for approx 20-25 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, place some spinach in a steamer and steam for 3 mins, or place in a casserole dish, add tsp water, cover and cook at 800watt in microwave for 1 minute.

5. Place cod on plate and sprinkle with some parsley and lemon juice, put some light mayo on side to serve.

6. Place salmon onto plate and remove string, splash with lemon juice.

7. Place steamed spinach on plate and top with some sliced beetroot.

8. Yum…Yum…Yum…..oh! serve with a lovely Chardonnay…..perfect meal!