Pan-fried Cod with Pesto and Breadcrumb Topping

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Appears in
The Seafood Shack: Food & Tales from Ullapool

By Kirsty Scobie and Fenella Renwick

Published 2020

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If you have some pesto in the fridge, then why not mix it with some breadcrumbs to create this great topping? With some added Parmesan and lemon zest it brings out all the flavours in the cod and turns a potentially dull meal into something simple yet delicious. Serve it up with some creamy mashed potatoes.


  • 2 slices of white bread
  • juice and zest of ½ lemon
  • 100


Put your oven on to 180°C. Blitz the bread in a food processor until you have coarse breadcrumbs, then mix with the lemon zest, Parmesan and pesto in a bowl and season to taste.

Using your fingers, check the cod for bones and season the skin of the fish. Heat your pan and add the