Pan fried cod fillet on a bed of stir fried chinese spinach

Main Dish
4 servings
20 min
15 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 4
1 packet / 250 g cod fillet

Juice of 1 lime / lemon to rid fish of smell and slime

2 bunches Chinese spinach

1 clove of garlic

Marinade for fish:

a dash of salt

a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

a teaspoon of chilli flakes

a teaspoon of dried oregano / mixed herbs

a tablespoon of cornflour or enough to coat the fish


  • First prepare your fish. Wash the fish fillet under running water. Then place fish on chopping board skin side up. Use the back of your knife to scrape any excess slime on the fish. Next squeeze the juice of 1 lime / lemon on to the fish and leave it for about 5 minutes. You will notice a layer of excess water coming out from the fish. Wash under cold water again to rid of this excess water. The reason for the lime / lemon is also to take away the smell of the fish. Place fish on kitchen towel to absorb any excess water from the fish.
  • Next, marinade your fish with the salt, black pepper, chilli flakes and dried herbs. After which, on a plate, scatter the cornflour and coat your fish. Shake off excess cornflour from the fish and place over a kitchen towel. The cornflour also acts as an agent to avoid your fish from sticking to the pan.
  • Heat up a non-stick pan, add some vegetable oil and wait till oil is hot enough. Place fish skin side down so as to make sure the fish doesn't stick to the pan. Fry on medium heat for about 3 minutes before turning over. Continue cooking for 3 minutes.
  • Whilst fish is cooking, prepare your vegetables. Discard any old / yellow leaves and slice into 5 cm length. Separate the leaves from the stem as leaves cook faster then the stem. Soak in a bowl of water to rid of any dirt and sand from the vegetables. Drain the water. Leave washed vegetables aside.
  • Heat up another pan with vegetable oil and toss in the chopped garlic, salt and maybe some pepper. Stir fry till garlic is fragrant and toss in the stems first. Stir for about 1 minute before adding in the leaves. Don't forget to check on your fish. Overcooked fish is hard and unedible!
  • One leaves have wilted, and the vegetables have turned into a deeper shade of green, switch off the gas and spoon onto a plate. Check on your fish. Once fish is cooked, you will see the flesh is white. Press down on the fish with your spatula and see it bounce back up. That's when you know it's cooked. Take it off the fire and dish on to the bed of spinach. Serve hot.
  • Can opt to serve it with rice or plain noodles.


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