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Pan-Roasted Cod Recipe

Grains of paradise make a great addition to any fish marinade, especially if roasted before grinding, as their nutty flavor enhances rather than overpowers delicately flavored fish such as cod.
Pan-Roasted Cod Recipe

Servings: 2
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes


½ teaspoon grains of paradise
1 pound|450 grams cod fillet, cut into 2 pieces
sea salt, to taste
1 tablespoon groundnut oil
extra virgin olive oil, for sprinkling
1 lemon, cut into wedges, to serve
chopped parsley, to garnish


  1. Heat the oven to 200°C|400°F. Toast the grains of paradise in a dry ovenproof frying pan over a medium-high heat, then leave to cool. Coarsely grind with a mortar and pestle.
  2. Season the cod on both sides with sea salt and a pinch of the ground grains of paradise. Return the frying pan to medium, add the groundnut oil and heat. Add the cod to the centre of the pan and sauté for 2–3 minutes until crisped and brown, then gently turn over and sauté the other side for 1 minute. Transfer the pan to the oven to finish cooking for 2–3 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. Remove from the oven and place on serving plates. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle the remaining ground grains of paradise on top. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the fish, scatter with chopped parsley and serve with lemon wedges on the side.

This recipe is reprinted with permission from Zoe's Ghana Kitchen by Zoe Adjonyoh, published by Mitchell Beazley.

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