This is one of those wonderfully simple, fresh and delicious meals that tastes as healthy as it actually is. It’s also incredibly cheap and can transform a couple of standard fish fillets into something a little bit special.

Cooking time: 10 mins prep, 10 mins cooking, (20 mins in total).

To wash up: A food processor & a roasting tray.


  • 500g bag of spinach
  • 100g bag of fresh basil
  • Handful of pine nuts
  • 100g of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Juice from ½ a lemon
  • A glug of olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 white fish portions ( I used haddock)
  • 1 loaf of fresh bread, sliced.


  1. Pre heat the oven to gas mark 6 (200’C) and place four large pieces of twine into a glass of water to soak.
  2. Add the spinach, basil, pine nuts and parmesan, garlic and lemon juice to the food processor and whizz up well. Add a little oil at a time until a desired consistency is reached.
  3. Divide each fish portion into two even slices, lay one half skin side down and cover in a good helping of pesto, add the other half on top together and tie together with twine.
  4. Pop the parcels into the oven with  drizzle of oil and allow to cook through for 5 – 10 mins or until flakey.
  5. Pop a few slices of bread in the toaster to serve.

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