Pan-fried cod with spinach and noodles

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Fried cod and noodles
Fried cod and noodles
  • Serves: 4

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Woman's Weekly recipe This recipe for pan-fried cod with spinach and noodles makes a healthy and delicious family meal. So quick and simple to make, it's ready in minutes


  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 200g medium egg noodles
  • 220g bag spinach leaves, washed
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 4 x 150g (5oz) pieces of cod fillet
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ of a large cucumber, cut into matchsticks
  • 4 long radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • A few pieces of sushi ginger, optional
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil

Sushi ginger can be found in sachet packs with the Japanese sushi snacks in supermarkets.


  1. Heat a small frying pan, add the sesame seeds and toast them for a few seconds until golden. Tip them into a bowl.
  2. Add boiling water to a pan, bring back to the boil, put in the noodles. Leave off the heat for 4 mins, stirring occasionally, to rehydrate. Drain off water and put the noodles in a bowl. Add the spinach to the pan and let it wilt for a couple of mins over a medium heat.
  3. Meanwhile, reheat frying pan and add the rapeseed oil, put in the cod, skin-side down, and cook over a medium heat, with the lid on, for about 3 mins, depending on thickness. Flip the fish over and cook for 1-2 mins longer until it just turns opaque. Season.
  4. Mix the cucumber sticks, radish slices and sushi ginger, if using, with the vinegar and 1 tbsp sesame oil.
  5. Add the other spoonful of sesame oil to the noodles. Divide them and the spinach between 4 plates. Put the fish on top and spoon cucumber and radish salad over, then sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 500(kcal)
  • Fat 24.0g
  • Saturates 4.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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