Fried Cod with Pesto Couscous Salad

This is an easy and tasty (and healthy) dish to make – and “there is never enough”…

Music Selection: Lauren Allred – Never Enough


3 large cod fillets, cut into 6 pieces

120 g baby greens mix (arugula, lettuce, spinach, etc)

2 shallots, finely diced

1 large tomato, diced

1 green onion, diced

½ cucumber, cut into slices and halved

30 ml Sherry or red wine vinegar

30 ml marsala wine

130 ml basil pesto

330 g large (Irsraeli) couscous

1 tsp dried parsley

1 tsp dried onion powder

1 ½ tsp paprika

1 tsp garlic

1 ½ tsp salt

Olive oil


In large pot of salted water, bring it to a boil Add the couscous and cook according to instructions ( 8 – 12 minutes). Drain the couscous and rinse under running water. Transfer to a large bowl, and drizzle with a little olive oil, dash of salt and pepper. Mix and set aside.

While the couscous is boiling, dice the tomatoes, green onion and shallot.

In a medium frying pan, drizzle a little olive oil on medium heat. Saute the shallot about 2 – 3 minutes. Then add the sherry vinegar and combine well. Transfer to a bowl and whisk in 6 Tbsp olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

In a bowl make the seasoning, mix the parsley, onion powder, paprika, garlic, and salt. Mix well.

In the same pan, heat a bit more olive oil on medium-high heat. Pat dry the cod and using only ½ of the seasoning mix, season the cod. Put a few cod fillets in the pan and cook 2 -3 minutes each side until browned. Set aside and cook remaining fillets.

While the cod cooks, to the cooled couscous, add the pesto, 1/3 of the tomatoes and remaining seasoning.

In a separate bowl, mix the greens with 2/3 of the tomatoes, cucumber and the shallot vinaigrette. Salt/pepper.

In bowls, add a cup of couscous, place some cod on top and put some salad on the side. Enjoy.

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