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Roasted Cod with Buttery Cherry Tomato Sauce & Greens

This Roasted Cod recipe with a cherry tomato sauce is as easy as it is delicious. It’s a healthy choice that requires just 5 ingredients and it can be served in less than 20 minutes. An ideal low fuss choice for a midweek dinner!

Roast Cod

This is a light, yet substantial meal that offers a variety of flavours and textures that are sure to please. Gooey, jammy cherry tomatoes, fresh, crunchy broccoli, and light buttery herbed Cod with zesty lemon to enhance all the flavours – it’s mouth wateringly good.  

And if you love fish, this Air Fryer Salmon in a Warm Spring Salad is another delicious option. Or check out our other seafood recipes for you to try.    

For Cod’s Sake

Cod is readily available and is also a budget-friendly option. It’s also really easy to prepare. This white fish is found in the Atlantic Ocean, from the Arctic Circle to the Gulf of Mexico. In the Pacific Ocean, cod can be found from Alaska to California.

It’s a good source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin B12. Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for heart health, and vitamin B12 is important for nerve function.

Choose a sustainably sourced fillet of Cod – the Marine Conservation Society have produced the Good Fish Guide to help with that. You want middle cut fillets that are nice and thick to make this roasted cod dish. 

Broccoli For The Win

While Broccoli isn’t as universally disliked as much as Brussels sprouts, it still tends to have a bad rap as being uninspired and well… a bit dull. My feeling around this is that it’s largely due to many of us being served limp, overcooked and unappealing khaki coloured mush as kids – and then forever relegating it to the yuck pile.

While it may not ever “broc” your world in the way that potatoes do (check out these Crispy Parmesan Potato Stacks ), when cooked properly it can actually add a satisfying crunch and freshness that elevates a dish.

Broccoli is a seriously great choice from a nutritional point of view, and is packed with health benefits. It’s a good source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, and folate. Broccoli also contains a number of antioxidants, which can help protect the body against damage from free radicals.

Some of the health benefits of broccoli include:

  • Reduced risk of cancer: Broccoli contains compounds called glucosinolates, which have been shown to have anti-cancer properties. Studies have linked broccoli consumption with a reduced risk of certain types of cancer, including colon cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer.
  • Improved heart health: Broccoli is a good source of fiber, which can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Broccoli also contains potassium, which helps regulate blood pressure.
  • Boosted immunity: Broccoli is a good source of vitamin C, which is an important nutrient for the immune system. Vitamin C helps the body fight off infection and disease.
  • Improved digestion: Broccoli is a good source of fiber, which can help keep the digestive system healthy.  
Air Fryer Fish

When is Roasted Cod Ready?

It’s easy to tell whether your fish is properly cooked and ready to serve. Gently twist your fork and pull up some of the fish. If it flakes easily, without resistance, it’s ready. It should also flake easily if firmly pressed.  And if you really don’t want to leave things to chance, you can also use a meat thermometer. Place the probe into the thickest part of the fish fillet, and once it reads 63C, your fish is perfectly cooked.

Is This Roast Cod Recipe a Great Catch?

Did you try out this easy Roast Cod recipe with Cherry Tomato Sauce? Just for the halibut, I’d love to hear your take on it – and I’d be super grateful if you’d leave me a rating.  

You might also like my Air Fryer Cod with a Herby Crust, or this Air Fryer Salmon with a light spring salad. 

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Cod on Broccoli with Jammy Cherry Tomatoes

Frequently Asked Questions

Air-fryer or oven?

 You could use either. I prefer cooking fish in my air fryer because it offers more precision, quicker cooking time (so less drying out of food), and a significantly better flavour. 

Must I use Cod?

Not at all. This recipe works beautifully with cod, but it also works well with other white fish like bass, grouper, halibut, and hake. Above all always use what’s available to you and suits your lifestyle

Must I use tenderstem broccoli or can I use another type of green here?

Feel free to adapt this recipe to ingredients you can source easily. Asparagus, sauteed kale, green beans or even frozen peas will all work well here. 



Roasted Cod with Cherry Tomatoes
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Cod on Broccoli with Jammy Cherry Tomatoes

Roasted Cod with Buttery Cherry Tomato Sauce & Greens

  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This Roasted Cod recipe with a cherry tomato sauce is as easy as it is delicious. It’s a healthy choice that requires just 5 ingredients – and it can be served in less than 20 minutes. An ideal low-fuss choice for a midweek dinner!



In your pantry:

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • Salt and pepper as needed

5 ingredients:

  • 350g cherry tomatoes
  • 200g broccoli
  • 5g/ 1 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 skinless cod fillets (150-200g each)
  • 1 lemon


  1. Place a pan on medium heat, then add 1 Tbsp butter, and a splash of water (about 40ml). Swirl the pan so the butter and water emulsify. Add in the broccoli, season with salt and pepper and cover with a lid to steam for 1-2 minutes or until al dente.
  2. While the broccoli cooks, pat your fish dry with paper towels.
  3. Remove the broccoli and set aside, leaving behind the butter emulsion. Add the tomatoes to the pan. A little of the water will have cooked off, so if you notice the butter mixture is sizzling rather than simmering, add a tiny bit more water as needed.
  4. Cook the tomatoes for 10-12 minutes until blistered.
  5. Preheat your oven or air fryer to 200C.
  6. While the tomatoes are cooking, combine the remaining butter with the chopped parsley, and zest of your lemon. Season your cod with salt and pepper, then smear the herby butter over the fillet. Cook for 7-9 minutes (the time will depend on the size of your fillets), or until cooked through, with the flesh easily flaking when pressed.
  7. Once the tomatoes are jammy and split, and the buttery sauce has combined with the tomato juices and reduced, add the broccoli back in to warm up. Squeeze a little lemon to taste over the tomatoes, sauce and broccoli, then taste and season one last time as needed.
  8. Divide the broccoli between two plates, then slide the fish fillets on top. Spoon over the tomatoes. Combine the pan sauce from the roasted cod, along with your sauce then spoon this over the fish and vegetables.
  9. Serve immediately
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 12 min
  • Category: Mains, Fish Dishes


  • Serving Size: 2

Keywords: Roast Cod

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