Curried butter-baked cod with cauliflower & chickpeas

Deliver big flavours with this aromatic cod traybake. Serve from the dish with spiced spinach alongside

  • Prep:30 mins
    Cook:40 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 581
  • fat 32g
  • saturates 14g
  • carbs 27g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 11g
  • protein 41g
  • salt 0.8g


  • 1 large cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • large piece of ginger, peeled
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • 1 tbsp curry powder of your choice (we used madras)
  • 2 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 100g butter, softened
  • 500-600g chunky white fish (such as cod, hake or pollock), cut into 4 equal chunks
  • 400g spinach
  • handful of coriander, leaves picked and roughly chopped
  • large pinch of garam masala


  1. Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Toss the cauliflower in a large, shallow roasting tin with the cumin seeds, turmeric, some seasoning and half the oil until the cauliflower is coated and bright yellow. Roast for 15 mins, tossing a few times, until starting to char.

  2. Meanwhile, peel the garlic, then put in a small food processor with the ginger, half the red chilli, the curry powder and some seasoning. Blitz to a paste. Stir the chickpeas, half the spice paste and most of the remaining oil through the cauliflower. Roast for 20 mins more, stirring once or twice.

  3. While the cauliflower and chickpeas are roasting, mix the softened butter with the rest of the spice paste, and spread half all over the fish. When the cauliflower and chickpeas are ready, remove the pan from the oven and make four gaps in the mixture. Nestle the fish in the gaps, and dot all but 1 tbsp of the remaining spiced butter over the veg. Roast for 10-15 mins more.

  4. Heat the remaining oil in a large pan over a high heat until very hot, then cook the spinach for 3-4 mins until wilted. Add the reserved 1 tbsp spiced butter and continue to cook for 1-2 mins more. Set aside until the fish is just cooked through, then sprinkle the coriander, garam masala and remaining red chilli over the traybake. Serve the traybake in the middle of the table with the spinach in a bowl alongside for everyone to help themselves.

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