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Almond-Crusted Cod baked to perfection with a topping made of breadcrumbs, almond flakes, seasoning and paprika, and served with roasted asparagus and couscous, a healthy and delicious dinner idea that is quick and easy to make. A great dish all over the year, and definitely a crowd-pleaser.
Healthy eating shouldn't translate as starving or bland food that doesn't fill you up. But just a better choice of ingredients used and a better cooking technique that doesn't involve deep frying on a regular basis, heavy dishes or massive portions.
And it shouldn't be so expensive that is simply hard to achieve by many. The way I see healthy eating is simple, nutritious, and as delicious as less healthier options. And yes, it can definitely be done at home without breaking the bank.
Take this baked cod with asparagus and wholemeal couscous- it's such a beautiful combination of delicious ingredients that are good for you, and can make a light, but filling dish that absolutely everybody will love.
Cod can be pretty bland, if you ask me. Or you can, of course, go for any other kind of fish, it doesn't have to be this particular one. I used cod because easily available, but do go for whatever you can get.
The almond topping is what makes the different between an alright fish meal, and a awesome one. The different textures and flavours work so well together, it's hard to not like them.
- cod fillets
- bread - sliced
- almond flakes
- salt & black pepper
- a bunch of asparagus
- wholemeal couscous
- olive oil
Step-by-step photos and instructions
This super simple dish is ready in well under 20 minutes, and that includes the prep time. Isn't that amazing?
- add the bread slices to a food processor, and blitz until it forms breadcrumbs - alternatively, you can use panko breadcrumbs, ½ cup should be more than enough
- once blitzed, add the almond flakes, salt, pepper and paprika, and blitz again for a few seconds - we don't want a fine texture, but rather coarse
- melt the butter, and brush each cod piece well with it, than top with the almond mixture
- bake at 200 degrees Celsius (390 Fahrenheit) for 15 minutes until the fish is cooked through, and the topping is golden
- at the same time, line the asparagus on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, and bake - I bake the asparagus on a separate baking tray, but they can be baked on the same tray too, if that's large enough
- for the couscous, just add it to a large bowl, cover with boiling water, place a lid on top, and leave to hydrate for 5 minutes
What other fish can I use?
This recipe couldn't be simpler, and what's amazing about it, it's made with fresh ingredients that are locally sourced, so I know that they are as good as they can get.
As mentioned, any other white fish would work, or even salmon. The topping is one of its kind, the toasted almonds become deliciously crunchy. The baking time shouldn't be too different either, it all depends on the thickness of the fish fillet.
What seasoning goes well with fish
Other seasoning that would go well in this topping is dried herbs of any kind, garlic or onion granules. Fresh herbs should be added once the fish is out of the oven, for more colour and freshness.
It's an absolutely delicious dish, and I love fish cooked in any way. My Cornmeal Fried Fish is another example how easy it is to have delicious and fresh food every day. Do give them a go!
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- 4 cod fillets
- 2 slices of bread
- ½ cup almond flakes
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- a bunch of asparagus
- ½ cup wholemeal couscous
- 25 g butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (390 Fahrenheit).
- Add the bread slices to a food processor and blitz until you get breadcrumbs.
- Add the almond flakes, salt, pepper and paprika and blitz again for a few seconds - we don't want a fine texture, but a coarse one.
- Melt the butter, and brush each cod fillet with it, then top each fillet with the almond mixture.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until cooked through and golden.
- At the same time, arrange the asparagus on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle some salt, and bake for the same amount of time as the fish.
- Add the couscous to a bowl, cover with boiling water, place a lid on, and leave to hydrate for 5 minutes.
- Serve everything hot.
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