Lemon and Garlic Fish with Pesto Greens


The other day we were enjoying a perfect lazy family day when all of a sudden I wanted to try a few different recipes for lunch. You know all those recipes that you pin or like or bookmark or save for later but never get around to actually making. I have a bunch of these folders in my life bursting with food to make, things to craft and books to read. And of course I also have two little toddlers (read tornados) who some days make it impossible for me to put any kind of food on the table.

So on this particular day with the husband at home i decided to try my luck and get to it. I had some fish in the freezer and some greens beans lying around. I remembered skimming through a pesto greens recipe a while ago that looked truly amazing so thats exactly what I made. Green beans with hazelnut pesto. I am definitely bookmarking this one for my dinner parties now. Its goodness needs to be shared.green beans with pesto

I baked my fish with some lemon and garlic sauce. I usually fry my fish with some batter as my kids love it that way but now I am a convert and will always be popping my fish in the oven from now on. The sauce was just the easiest and just the yummiest.

I also made some hollandaise sauce to accompany it. I followed the blender method as i was short on time. It turned out perfect.

All in all, this was just the perfect (easy plus healthy) weekend lunch that I wanted. I highly recommend you guys to try it out. Listing the recipes below with lots of photos.

Lemon and Garlic Baked Fishbaked fish with lemon and garlic

You will need:

  • 3-4 fish filets
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, diced and crushed
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp fresh dried Tarragon
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooking spray or oil to coat the oven pan

 How to make:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Melt the butter on a low flame in a small sauce pan.
  3. Add garlic and saute on low for about 1 minute. Add all but 1 tbsp of the lemon juice, shut off flame, and remove from heat.
  4. Lightly oil the bottom of a baking dish with cooking spray and 1 tbsp of the lemon juice.
  5. Place the fish on top and season with herbs, salt, and pepper. Pour the lemon butter mixture on the fish.
  6. Bake at 400° until cooked, about 15 minutes. (or until semi-golden)lemon and garlic saucelemon and garlic baked fishfish and beans_8baked fish with lemon and garlic

Green Beans with Pesto

You will need:

2 pounds green beans
1 cup  hazelnuts, toasted and cooled (or using any other kind of nuts)
about 1/3 cup parmesan
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
1/2 tsp thyme
Pinches of red pepper flakes, to taste
salt to taste
2 to 3 teaspoons white vinegar
1/3 cup olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

How to make:

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Trim green beans — I find using kitchen shears the quickest way — and cook beans in boiling water until crisp tender, about 7 to 8 minutes. Plunge in an ice water bath to fully cool. Drain and pat dry. (Plunging them in cold water retains their bright green colour).

In food processor, grind nuts, cheese, garlic, thyme, pepper and salt to a coarse paste. Add vinegar, and pulse again. Stir in oil and adjust seasonings to taste.

Toss cooled green beans with the hazel nut pesto. Drizzling with extra olive oil for a fresh glisten. Serve and enjoy.green beans with pestopistachio pestoprepping green beansprepping green beansgreen beansgreen beans with pesto

Hollandaise Sauce

You will need:

6 egg yolks

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp salt

a pinch of pepper

1 cup unsalted butter

How to make:

Put the egg yolks, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Pulse a few times to mix. Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over low heat until completely melted. With the blender running at a medium speed, slowly drizzle the melted butter into eggs. The mixture should thicken by the time you have added all the butter. Continue to blend for another 30 seconds.hollandaise sauce ingredientsbaked fish with greens

PS, Roast vegetable dinner and No Knead Bread.


6 Comments Add yours

  1. The fish looks great.

    And the hazelnut pesto is interesting, never had pesto made with them


    1. Abeer says:

      Thankyou! The pesto was yum. Must try 😄


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