Seared Cod with Lemon, Tomato and Basil Pasta

Succulent seared cod, served with fresh tomato and basil pasta, spiked with lemon and garlic. This dinner is elegant and simple. Perfect for a mid-week meal or serving guests on a casual Saturday night.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 552 kcal


For the Cod:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb fresh cod (4 fillets)
  • salt and pepper

For the Lemon, Tomato and Basil Pasta:

  • 12 oz fettuccine/tagliatelle (340g)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable stock/fish stock
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil


  1. Start with the cod.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a heavy based skillet.
  3. Season both sides of cod with salt and pepper then place cod in the oil and cook for 4 minutes on each side.
  4. Whilst the cod is cooking bring a large pan of water to the boil.
  5. Salt it generously and add in the pasta. Cook for a minute less than the packet instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water before you drain it.
  6. Once the cod is cooked remove it from the skillet and lightly tent it with foil.
  7. Add the tomatoes halves to the skillet and cook until they have softened slightly. About 1 minute.
  8. Add in the stock, brown sugar, crushed garlic, zest of the lemon and 1 tbsp lemon juice.

  9. Bring it to a simmer and then add the drained pasta and chopped basil.
  10. Stir well to coat the pasta adding 1/4 cup of the reserved cooking water.
  11. Once the pasta is all cooked Add the cod fillets back in and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Seared Cod with Lemon, Tomato and Basil Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 552 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 144mg 48%
Sodium 177mg 7%
Potassium 1109mg 32%
Total Carbohydrates 66g 22%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 4g
Protein 43g 86%
Vitamin A 11.9%
Vitamin C 40.9%
Calcium 7.8%
Iron 16.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.