Pan-seared Cod With Basil Sauce

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

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  1. Cook Food Mood
    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!!!
  2. Robert B.
    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.
  3. hmtheLords
    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.
  4. ontheroadid
    Very nice dish for work nights when time is at a premium. Sauce is great and highly customizable.
  5. AQueen
    Excellent recipe. Easy, flavorful and great way to jazz up cod. I know it will be seen a lot on the table during basil growing season. I did add a few swipes of the micrograter of lemon zest. My Mom said to let everybody know it was so good she didn't even use the tartar sauce she had pulled out. I served this with a garden salad and potato.


  1. SmoochTheCook
    OK, all this hype over this newly famed "pesto" and I had yet to try anything like it. So, when I read your description, I jumped at the chance (and with the ingredients, didn't seem like a bad choice!). You have now introduced me to what is going to be my new chicken sauce, side dish dip, toothpaste, ice cream name it! :D YUM all the way! Perfectly cooked fish (I omitted the salt in cooking as I like to sprinkle a salt sub on instead afterwards and also used orange roughy instead of cod), a delicious sauce, and a happy tummy. All I put with it was a big baked potatoe with some cream cheese and fresh chives and I had an easy night of cooking. Oh, yes, and the ease and prep...tops on my list! Thanks so much for dinner tonight and most likely tomorrow night. :D Hope I can find more recipes from you!


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