Garam masala crumbed cod

Served with a salt and vinegar cucumber salad for a moreish tangy taste
Ryan Riley's recipe for garam masala crumbed cod with a salt and vinegar cucumber salad
2 ratings
Recipe by: Ryan Riley | Chef

A blend of herbs and spices combine to create this unique, flavoursome dish. As it’s a lighter dish, it makes it a good option for when you have a low appetite.

This is from Ryan Riley’s booklet of recipes to help people living with cancer enjoy food again. See all our recipes for people living with cancer.

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  • 2 cod fillets
  • 40g fresh breadcrumbs (ideally wholemeal)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • For the salad:
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced wafer-thin
  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • Small handful fresh dill, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1 lemon, sliced into thick wedges
20 minutes

Nutrition information (per serving)

5 A DAY:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/Fan 160ºC.
  2. Place the two cod fillets on a baking tray. Mix the breadcrumbs with the garam masala, lemon zest and a generous grind of black pepper. Top the cod evenly with the breadcrumb mixture and bake for 10 minutes, until the fish is cooked through and the topping is crispy.
  3. Meanwhile, slice the cucumber thinly with a mandolin if possible or as thin as possible with a knife or vegetable peeler. Mix with the salt and set aside for 5 minutes.
  4. After 5 minutes, rinse the cucumber well in cold water. Place it in a bowl with the dill, white wine vinegar, chilli flakes and garlic. Toss together and serve immediately with the cod and lemon wedges for squeezing over.
To get one of your recommended servings of oily fish a week, swap the cod for an oily fish, such as salmon.