Cod Fillet over Pesto Risotto

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Cod Fillet Over Pesto Risotto. Tender cod fillets are gently coated with flour, then dipped into an egg wash and lightly fried until golden brown. Deliciously paired and served over a layer of creamy pesto risotto this dish is an amazing seafood meal!

Cod Fillet Over a Flavorful Risotto…

  • Risotto stirred with fresh pesto sauce adds a subtle richness and lovely depth of flavor that complements the codfish.  
  • Also, this cod fillet over pesto risotto turned into a fantastic meal!
  • Since pesto sauce can be made in advance (or store-bought) helps make this dish easier than it looks.
  • The flavors are sublime!

Making the perfect pair!

a forkful of fried cod with pesto risotto. by 2sistersrecipes.com

Why Use Codfish?

  • Codfish is a boneless fish that has a white meaty texture to it, and it cooks up quickly. 
  • It is not expensive.
  • Best of all? It doesn’t have a fishy taste to it.
  • Plus, all the bones have been removed, making codfish very safe to serve children.
  • It’s a very easy fish to cook in a skillet, bake, roast, and/or poached.

Imagine serving a dish that not only looks appealing but also wows everyone with its flavors and textures.

A fried cod fillet served over a layer of creamy pesto risotto can even convert codfish haters.

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How to Make Cod Fillet over Pesto Risotto?

There are 2 parts to this recipe. First, make the pesto risotto and the second part is to fry up some cod fillets. Then assemble your plates!

*Follow along with our Step-by-Step Recipe!  Or jump down for our full recipe card!

STEP 1: Make the Pesto Risotto:

If you don’t have any pesto on hand, you can make it homemade. Our homemade fresh basil pesto sauce, (which is very easy) is made with 5 ingredients. Plus, it contains no nuts …whats-so-ever! 

In addition, the pesto sauce gives a lot of flavor and creaminess to the risotto.

Paired with this codfish –  it’s PERFECT!! 

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Ingredients Needed for Pesto Risotto:

  • 1 small onion- chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves-diced
  • 1 cup Superfine Arborio Extra rice
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 + 1/2 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup, plus 1 Tbsp. Fresh Basil Pesto Sauce

Directions to make Pesto Risotto…

1. In a 3 or 4-quart saucepan, heat olive oil on medium heat.  

2. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for about 2 minutes, until they are translucent. Next, add the rice and butter, and sauté them for 1 minute.

3. Pour in the wine and lower the heat to simmer.  Stirring occasionally, until the wine is mostly absorbed.

4. In the meantime, in a small pot, heat water and broth together.  Once the wine has been absorbed, add 2 ladles of the heated liquid to the rice.  Simmer and stir occasionally, until liquid has been absorbed.  Add the remaining liquid to the rice.  Continue until all the liquid has been absorbed. About 15 to 20 minutes.

5. Taste the rice.  Rice should be soft and tender to the bite, with a creamy texture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Turn off the heat.

a wooden spoon stirring the pesto sauce into the risotto. by 2sistersrecipes.com

6. Finally, stir in the basil pesto sauce to the risotto. Cover and set aside.
Keep warm until ready to serve.

STEP 2: Make Cod Fish Fillets:

Ingredients Needed for Fried Cod Fish Fillets:

  • 1 pound fresh cod fillets (about four 2-inch pieces)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs- lightly beaten
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/4 cup canola oil, for frying

Directions on How To Fry Cod Fillets:

1. First, place some flour into a dish or small bowl.
2. Next, use a second dish or bowl, add eggs and lightly beat them.
3. Lightly season the cod fillets with salt and pepper.
4. Heat oil in a medium-size frying skillet.

raw cod fish on wax paper. by 2sistersrecipes.com

5. When the oil is hot.  Start with one piece at a time, dip the cod fillet into the flour first, coating all sides.
Then dip into the egg wash, until well coated.

A small piece of raw cod is coated in flour in a white plate. by 2sistersrecipes.com

6. Gently place each fillet into the skillet.  Fry the cod until the fish cooks through, about 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown.  Carefully transfer the cod fillets to drain on a plate layered with paper towels.

QUICK NOTE: Cod is delicate, and may fall apart if you turn it too often.

A black skillet frying up some cod in it.  by 2sistersrecipes.com
 

Now you are ready to assemble the plates!

1. Divide the pesto risotto among 4 serving plates.
2. Lay one cod fillet on top of the risotto on each plate.
3. Serve immediately. Yields: 4 servings.

Cook’s Notes & Tips for this seafood dish…

  • If you plan ahead, this dish can be very easy to make.     
  • Risotto can be made in advance, or even the night before if needed, and reheat it when you’re ready to serve.  Just add in the pesto sauce at the very last minute while reheating.  Then fry the cod fillets just before serving.
  • To save time, you can use your favorite store-bought pesto sauce with this recipe.

Your family and friends will LOVE this Cod Fillet Over Pesto Risotto recipe! 

This is such a delicious dish! Take our word for it, the flavors infused in every bite are out-of-this-world! 

Keep in mind that this recipe makes four servings, and you can double the ingredients for more.

ENJOY!!

Additional Cod Fish Recipes! … try these:

Yield: 4 servings

Cod Fillet over Pesto Risotto

a forkful of fried cod with pesto risotto. by 2sistersrecipes.com

Cod Fillet Over Pesto Risotto is a delicious meal. This recipe is a 2-step process. First, make the pesto risotto then make the cod fillets. It is a very impressive dinner, and makes an amazing seafood dish!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

For Basil Pesto Risotto:

  • 1 small onion- chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves-diced
  • 1 cup Superfino Arborio Extra rice
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 + 1/2 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup, plus 1 Tbsp. Fresh Basil Pesto Sauce

For Lightly Fried Cod Fish Fillets:

  • 1 pound fresh cod fillets (about four 2-inch pieces)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs- lightly beaten
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, for frying

Instructions

    Directions for Pesto Risotto:

    1. In a 3 or 4-quart saucepot, heat olive oil on medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for about 2 minutes, until they are translucent.
    2. Add the rice and butter, and sauté for 1 minute.
    3. Pour in the wine and simmer on low heat.
    4. Stirring occasionally, until the wine is completely absorbed.
    5. In the meantime, in a small pot, heat water and broth together. Once the wine has been absorbed, add 2 ladles of the heated liquid to the rice. Simmer and stir occasionally, until liquid has been absorbed. Add the remaining liquid to the rice. Continue until all the liquid has been absorbed. About 15 to 20 minutes.
    6. Taste the rice. The rice should be soft with a creamy texture.
    7. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Turn off the heat.
    8. Finally, stir in the basil pesto sauce to the risotto. Cover and set aside.
    9. Keep warm until ready to serve.

    Directions to Fry Cod Fillets:

    1. Place flour into on shallow dish. In a second plate, add the lightly beaten eggs.
    2. Lightly season the cod fillets with salt and pepper.
    3. In a medium-sized skillet, heat vegetable oil on moderate heat.
    4. Dip each cod fillet into the flour first, coating all sides. Then dip into the egg wash, until well coated.
    5. When the oil is hot, gently place each fillet into the skillet and fry the cod until the fish cooks, about 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
    6. Drain on paper towels.
    7. Divide the pesto risotto among 4 serving plates.
    8. Lay one cod fillet on top of the risotto on each plate.
    9. Serve immediately.
    10. Serves 4

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    4 servings

    Serving Size:

    1 serving

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420Total Fat: 13gCarbohydrates: 48.9gFiber: 2gSugar: 1.6gProtein: 5.7g

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    1. What a beautiful and delicious twist on Cod (of all things!!) We love the risotto pairing with this but the pesto component brings it to an entirely new level of creativeness and of course, taste. Very nicely done!

      1. Thanks Joanne, I wanted to try the two together and didn't know if it would work, but when it did, I had to make it again the following week just so I can get the photos and the exact measurements. Thanks again.

      1. Hello Nandoos Kitchen and welcome to our site! It's so nice to meet you! And thank you for leaving a lovely comment. Have a great weekend!