Pistachio Crusted Fillet of Cod

Pistachio Crusted Fillet of Cod with a Lemon Crème Fraiche Sauce


  • 2 egg whites (lightly beaten)
  • 1 tblsp Milk
  • 4 cod fillets
  • salt and pepper, to season
  • flour for dredging
  • 250 g pistachio nuts (medium-fine, chopped)
  • 3 tblsp olive oil, for frying
  • 1 tblsp Olive Oil
  • lemon wedge, to garnish
  • for the sauce:
  • 2 small shallots (or 1 medium, very finely chopped)
  • 1 tblsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • 120 ml fish stock
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 tblsp crème fraiche
  • 1 tblsp flat leaf parsley (finely chopped)
  • salt and pepper, for seasoning


  1. Beat the egg whites and milk together in a wide, shallow bowl.
  2. Season the fish fillets with salt and pepper.
  3. Dust each fillet lightly with flour.
  4. Dip into the egg white mix and coat with chopped nuts.
  5. Allow to rest in fridge for 30-60 minutes.
  6. Heat the oil in a frying pan over moderate heat.
  7. Gently fry for 3 to 4 minutes per side until crisp and firm to the touch.
  8. To make the sauce, sauté the shallots in a little olive oil until soft.
  9. Then add the stock and lemon zest and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes before stirring in the crème fraiche and flat leaf parsley, and heat through. Season to taste.
  10. Place the cod fillets on serving plates and pour the sauce over. Garnish with a lemon wedge.