Pan-seared Cod With Basil Sauce

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 11 mins

This has a fresh pesto-like feel without the nuts, and a lot less fat. Any flaky white fish can be used here - I usually have tilapia or whitefish around rather than cod. I had an open bottle of Reisling and so I used that in place of the broth. From Cooking Light.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine basil, broth, cheese, oil, 1/2 tsp salt, and garlic in a small bowl.
  2. Sprinkle fish with 1/2 tsp salt (I omit) and pepper.
  3. Coat a large nonstick pan with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat.
  4. Saute fish for 5 minutes on each side or until it flakes easily with a fork.
  5. Spoon basil sauce over fish to serve.
Most Helpful

I followed the recipe dutifully but it somehow lacked the kick I was looking for... that is until I added some white wine to the chicken stock, and even some cognac which made a huge difference! It tasted alot more complex and had more depth in its taste. I had also rubbed the cod fish with salt, pepper and old bays seasoning for added taste prior to baking them in the oven at 180 deg celsius for abt 20 min or so. Kept them warm at 100 deg celsius until my guests were ready for the main dish! Turned out fab!!!

Cook Food Mood December 19, 2009

Light, healthy, and wonderfully flavorful for being so quick and easy to prepare. Who can argue with a combination like that? I made everything as per the recipe. Was a little doubtful about the sauce, but as soon as I tasted it I thought, "Wow, I made *this*?". (I'm not exactly Top Chef material.) It really transformed plain old cod into something special. This is a dish I would feel confident putting on the menu when entertaining. It paired wonderfully with a very moderately priced Sauvignon Blanc.

Robert B. October 24, 2009

Wow sooooo good! My husband and I loved this recipe! The only change I made was to baste the fish in a couple tbsp of butter and olive oil toward the end of the cooking time.

hmtheLords October 17, 2010