Atlantic Cod with Basil Walnut Sauce

This sauce is a lovely complement to cod or other fish such as haddock, tilapia, pollock, or striped bass.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 30 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 2 Atlantic cod fillets (12 oz. each)
  • 1⁄4 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1⁄2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1⁄4 packed cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1⁄4 cup small walnut pieces


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Place fish fillets in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and sprinkle 1⁄8 teaspoon salt, 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper, and lemon zest over both sides of fish. Brush with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • Using a food processor, combine basil, walnuts, 1⁄8 teaspoon salt, and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper. Process until it becomes a paste. With processor running, gradually add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Pat mixture evenly over fish.
  • Place baking dish in oven and bake for 13 to 17 minutes or until flesh is opaque in color. Serve immediately, spooning the juices from the pan over the fish.