Cod with chestnut, parmesan and parsley stuffing

Cod with chestnut, parmesan & parsley stuffing

Ingredients Instructions
  • 2 x 600g boneless tail-end cod fillets (one skin-on, one skinned)
  • 3 banana shallots, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 180g chestnuts, roughly chopped
  • 250g stale bread, blitzed or chopped into breadcrumbs
  • Zest of 1 lemon, plus juice to taste
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 300g butter, cut into cubes and divided into three
  • 2 or 3 lemons, cut into rounds
  • Salt & black pepper
  • Fresh bay leaves, to garnish (optional)
  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas mark 6. Cover a baking tray or roasting tin with baking paper.
  • Prepare the fish fillets by patting dry with kitchen roll, checking for bones and seasoning each side with salt and pepper.
  • For the stuffing, gently fry the shallots in the oil in a non-stick frying pan. Transfer to a large bowl and allow to cool.
  • Add the chestnuts, breadcrumbs, parsley, lemon zest, Parmesan and half of the butter to the shallots. Season with a generous amount of black pepper and pinch of fine salt, then, using your fingertips bring the mixture together. Cover and set aside until you’re ready to use.
  • Place the first fillet of cod, skin-side down, onto the baking tray or roasting tin. Press a generous layer of the stuffing along the length of the cod fillet. Place the skinless fillet of cod on top. Layer the lemon slices over the top of the fish.
  • Using individual pieces of string, tie the fish across the centre, cutting the excess string away.
  • Add the rest of the butter to the top of the fish and drizzle with a little olive oil before seasoning with salt and pepper.
  • Place in the pre-heated oven for 35 - 40 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.
  • Make a quick sauce using the pan juices left in the roasting tin by adding an extra squeeze of lemon juice. Serve the cod with your favourite side dishes and the sauce.

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