This weeks recipe is the last in my healthy baking series with Weightwatchers, and this week its a simple thai inspired baked cod. Its a super healthy dish packed full of flavour and I love the taste of this dish, its bright and fresh and the fennel adds a great texture, lots of crunch. If you haven't seen the other recipes head to my youtube channel to watch the other three episodes.
To make this dish I make a paste full of herbs, gingers and a little bit of heat from red chilli, this is spread over cod fillets and baked, then served with fennel that is grilled with chilli, lime and soy sauce. Its a simple side but I love it, the fennel still retains a little crunch but is infused with great flavour, even if you dont serve this with the cod it is a great side.
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled
2 stalks lemongrass, roughly chopped
2 green chillies, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
2 shallots, peeled and roughly chopped
juice of 1/2 lime
small handful of coriander stalks (keep the leaves for garnish)
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 fillets of cod
2 heads of fennel, sliced lengthways into 1cm thick pieces
1 red chilli, finely diced
juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tbsp soy sauce
Preheat the oven to 200C (180C fan) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Blitz the ginger, lemongrass, green chillies, garlic, shallots, lime and fish sauce with and hand blender or a mini chopper until a rough mixture is formed. Place the fillets of cod onto the prepared baking tray and spread the paste over the top.
Mix together the red chilli, lime juice, olive oil and soy sauce and pour over the fennel, tossing to coat. Heat a griddle pan over medium/high heat and once hot, cook the fennel for about 4-5 minutes per side, cooking until dark grill marks appear.
Once cooked, surround the fish with the fennel and bake in the oven for about 22-25 minutes until the fish is cooked through.