Cod with Cherry Tomatoes and Fresh Basil
Cod with Cherry Tomatoes and Fresh Basil

Cod with Cherry Tomatoes and Fresh Basil

A lovely way to cook fish for a simple supper. Serve it with crusty bread or new potatoes and alongside a salad or lightly cooked green vegetables.
Photography: KATE WHITAKER
Total Time
10 Minutes
175g of cherry tomatoes (around 16), halved
1 small garlic clove, peeled and finely grated or crushed
4 tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil
2 thick fish fillets, such as cod or haddock (each around 140g)
Fresh basil leaves, to serve
Top Tip:
If the fish isn’t flaking easily when it’s had its standing time, pop it back into the microwave and cook for a little longer.
Stir in a generous pinch of dried chilli flakes at the same time as the garlic, if you like a fiery flavour.
Step 1

Put the tomatoes into a wide-based, shallow microwaveable dish. Cover and cook on high for 1 minute (1000W) or 1 minute 10 seconds (800W).

Step 2

Stir in the garlic, 2 tablespoons of the oil, a good pinch of salt and a few twists of ground black pepper. Place the fish fillets on top of the tomatoes, skin-side down and a little way apart. Drizzle with the remaining oil and season with a little more pepper.

Step 3

Cover the dish and cook on high for 2 minutes (1000W), 2 minutes 30 seconds (800W), or until just cooked – the exact timings will depend on the thickness of your fish.

Step 4

Leave to stand for 5 minutes without uncovering – the fish will continue cooking. Top with fresh basil to serve.

Recipe courtesy of PING! COOK, BAKE, CREATE Using Just Your Microwave by Justine Pattison £15 (was £20). Published by HQ, HarperCollins.

Recipe image credit: Kate Whitaker 

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