The Caterer
Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

Seared black cod with coconut and lemon sauce, by Vivek Singh

24 September 2010 by

This recipe for seared black cod with coconut and lemon sauce was contributed by Vivek Singh, executive chef at London's Cinnamon Club.

(Serves four)

• 2tbs vegetable or corn oil
• 1tsp black onion seeds
• 1tsp salt
• 4 x 200g pieces of black cod fillet
• ½tsp dried red chilli flakes
• 2tbs pressed rice flakes (pawa)
For the coconut and lemon sauce • 2tbs vegetable or corn oil
• 1 onion, sliced
• 1 lemongrass stalk, cut into 3 or 4 pieces
• 6 lemon leaves (if you cannot find any, use 1 extra lemongrass stalk)
• 5 green chillies, sliced in half lengthways
• 5cm piece of fresh ginger, cut into fine strips
• ½tsp ground turmeric
• 500ml coconut milk
• 1tsp salt


First make the sauce. Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and sauté until soft.

Next, add the lemongrass, lemon leaves, chillies and ginger and sauté for one minute. Then add the turmeric and stir for a minute.

Pour in the coconut milk, bring to the boil and simmer for six to eight minutes, until the sauce thickens. Stir in the salt and set aside.

Rub one tablespoon of the oil, the black onion seeds and salt into the cod. Heat the remaining oil in a large frying pan, add the cod, skin-side down, and sear for two to three minutes, until crisp.

Turn and cook the other side. Depending on the thickness of the fillet, you might need to finish the cod in a moderately hot oven for five to six minutes, but be careful not to cook it for too long or the flakes of flesh will start to separate and the fish will disintegrate.

Mix together the chilli flakes and rice flakes and press them on top of the fish to form a crust. Place under a hot grill for a minute or two, until golden.

To serve, pour the sauce on to four plates and place a portion of the fish on top of each one.

The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking