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Tasty baked cod with a cheddar crust recipe

tasty cod and cheddar bakeWe are trying to eat through the freezer contents at the moment. I keep on unearthing strange unmarked parcels. I was once told to label everything, that I’d never remember what they were. That wise sage was right. Now I can’t even remember who it was.

Yesterday I found what transpired to be cod and concocted this recipe for tonight’s supper. It’s an off the cuff Cottage Smallholder invention. Absolutely scrummy and so much easier than the fish pie that I was planning. The Min Pins were a bit disappointed. Normally they force down our disasters.

The secret is the cheddar crust. This seals the top of the dish and helps to retain the moisture. Under the crisp top the fish was tender, succulent and full of flavour. And it was quick and easy. Perfect.

Tasty oven baked cod with a cheddar crust recipe (for 2-3 people)

Preheat oven – temp 220c (200c fan)


  • 0.5 kilo of cod or haddock (unsmoked)
  • 125g of grated cheddar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-3 tablespoonfuls of milk
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Quarter teaspoon of powdered mustard
  • 2 tablespoondfuls of chopped parsley
  • 1 lemon and parsley to garnish


  1. Lightly grease an oven proof dish.
  2. Line the dish with the fish.
  3. Add the milk and sprinkle with parsley and ground black pepper.
  4. Beat the egg and mix in the grated cheddar pour this over the fish.
  5. bake in the centre of a preheated oven for thirty minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with lemon wedges and a good bottle of Muscadet.

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  1. Going to try this tonight… I’m over at my nans house and dig sitting while she is away and she has stocked the freezer up with cod and things.. I don’t really cook fish so searched for a recipe for cod and found this, sounds lovely! Thanks!

  2. Hi, this sounds lovely – do I need to thaw the frozen cod fillets first or can I just put them straight in? Thanks.

  3. In the oven as I write, love all the ingredients, what can go wrong,! Home grown potatoes and carrots and courgettes too, just lovely! Can’t wait to tuck in. Many thanks.

  4. Hi I’ve just made this and added a few cherry tomatoes 🙂 lush!! thanks it was very easy and tasty!!

  5. Just made this for dinner Fiona. I used boneless haddock and as I didn’t have any parsley, used coriander instead. It worked very well. This is so easy and really delicious Thank you. I shall be making this again.

  6. brightsprite

    Hi Fiona,
    Not only tried this, but spread the recipe around the family ….. my brother occasionally goes up to Billingsgate Fish Market, and with his fresh fish has used this recipe, and had to ring me up to tell me how much he loved it!
    Total winner!

  7. Ailsa

    This recipe is going to save my skin! 🙂

    I have recently become a housewife as Baby is due shortly. My husband has returned to work and as a result I have been left with very big shoes to fill in the kitchen! Every friday we get fish delivered and it is always a new dish every week, cooked by my husband. He is very good at just making them up as he goes. I, on the other hand, received my fish this morning and was filled with dread! That’s where you come in… Wish me luck!!

  8. Fiona Nevile

    Hello Miss G

    Hope that the recipe worked for you!

  9. This was a simple recipe for me which is great, i am on the South Beach diet, the only thing I left out was the mustard so hopefully it is still good 😛 It is cooking in the oven now!

  10. sounds good but when do u add the mustard powder

    • Fiona Nevile

      Hi Jo

      Add the mustard powder when you add the black pepper.

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