Baked fish with potatoes and gremolata

25th Nov was Cook For Family Day, an event that I had the privilege of organising following a Cook For Family initiative started off earlier by Daniel of Daniel Food Diary.

For Cook For Family Day, I decided to try out a recipe that I saw in an earlier issue of Delicious magazine that I borrowed from my sister-in-law. It is simple and fuss free, as with most one-pot oven meals. Toss everything in and walla! A tasty meal awaits you and your family. If you have a larger family, simply increase the amounts of the recipe below accordingly. Like some spice, add some red chilli slices during the final baking step!

My family and I enjoyed the fish and vegetables very much. The baked fish was moist and tender and the gremolata added alot of flavour. Do not omit it!

Try out this simple recipe when you have the time. It is definitely worth it.

Baked fish with potatoes and gremolata

Serves 4
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 5 minutes
Allergy Fish
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
From magazine Delicious


Baked Fish

  • 500g Potato (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • 1 onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 20g unsalted butter
  • 250g Cherry Tomatoes
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • 700g Halibut fillets (3 - 4 pieces, depending on size)
  • 1 lemon


  • 1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 Lemon's zest (Grated)
  • 1 bunch English parsley (finely chopped)


Step 1
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Step 2
Spread potatoes and onions in a large roasting pan and drizzle with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Season with salt and ground pepper, then toss to coat.
Step 3
Spread it out to cover the base of the pan and dot with butter. Bake for 15 minutes.
Step 4
Add tomatoes, and return to the oven for 10 - 15 more minutes.
Step 5
Meanwhile, mix breadcrumbs with remaining 1 tbsp of olive oil and season with salt and ground pepper. Season the fish fillets with salt and pepper as well.
Step 6
Remove roasting pan from oven and place fish over potatoes. Cover with breadcrumbs and lemon slices and return to the oven for 12 - 15 more minutes.
Step 7
In a small bowl, combine extra virgin olive oil, garlic, parsley and lemon zest. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Step 8
When fish is ready, remove from oven. Serve hot with gremolata.

Potato Mushroom Gratin

It was one of those days where we had potatoes to spare after making mash potatoes for dinner the previous night. We wanted something simple – a one dish meal paired with perhaps a salad, and so a gratin seemed like a good choice. When making potato gratins, I find that boiling the potatoes in milk or cream gives them a melt-in-your-mouth texture, and also improves the flavour of the entire dish. For gratins or baked rice/pastas, Swiss cheese (Gruyere especially) is the preferred choice as they yield a creamier result. I couldn’t find any Swiss cheese in that particular supermarket and chose to substitute it with Gouda, which though is a less preferred choice, still made a great gratin.

Potato Mushroom Gratin
Serves 2 generously

2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup chopped leeks (only the white and pale green parts)
170g sliced button mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
340g russet potatoes, peeled and sliced to about 0.5 cm thick
1 cup half and half
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese
salt and black pepper


  1. Heat oil in a frying pan and sauteed leeks till soft and lightly brown, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and sauteed till soft and liquid almost evaporates, about 6 – 8 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and sauteed for another minute.
  4. Set aside.
  5. In a saucepan, combine half-and-half  with salt and pepper and add in the sliced potatoes. Bring to a boil and simmer till potatoes are partially cooked and half of the liquid has evaporated, about 3 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Grease a gratin dish and transfer half of the potato mixture to the dish. Top with mushroom mixture and cover with the remaining potato mixture. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the potato mixture.
  7. Tent dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 15 – 20 minutes, until cheese is bubbling and golden brown.
  8. Let it rest for about 5 – 10 minutes before serving hot.

Crustless Spinach Quiche

I had bought a packet of frozen spinach last week, meaning to cook creamed spinach some time this week. When this did not materialise, I decided to do something else with the spinach.

I was too lazy to roll out a crust, and so I decided that this quiche was going to be crustless. To save the trouble of having to cut it up, I decided to bake the quiche mixture in a cupcake tin. I used some aged pecorino cheese in place of gruyere cheese, the typical choice for quiches.

The quiche turned out nicely, though I think it was a tad bit salty, as I forgot that pecorino is saltier than gruyere, and forgot to cut down the salt.

Crustless Spinach Quiche
(Makes 10 mini quiche)

1 packet of chopped frozen spinach
1 red onion, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups of cream or half and half
1 cup of cheese (gruyere/pecorino/mozarella etc)
1/2 tsp of salt (or less)
1/4 tsp of ground black pepper
1/8 tsp of ground nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 205°C.
  2. Fry the chopped red onion in olive oil until fragrant and translucent.
  3. Add drained spinach until it wilts and is dry.
  4. Remove from heat to cool.
  5. In a large bowl, combine eggs, cream, cheese and seasonings.
  6. Add in cooled spinach and mix to combine.
  7. Fill 10 cupcake molds.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until tops of quiches are golden brown.

Foil baked butter cod with mushrooms

Mid week Wednesday seems to come by so quickly. Instead of the usual eating out on weekdays (since we’re both too tired to cook), I thought that I’d fix something “simple”. Home cooked food is always healthier anyway. We decided on something Japanese, seeing that we had some japanese ingredients that we hadn’t yet used up. Hubby had been craving for cod since last week and so I figured why not? We can simply merge the two ideas together: Japanese and cod. I didn’t have a recipe for this, but I vaguely remember eating something similar at Ichiban Boshi once, and so I decided to experiment.  The result?

Serves 2

2 pieces of cod fish  (or buy a piece of cod steak and halve it)
2 Handfuls of Japanese mushrooms (Shimeiji, Bunashimeiji, nametaki etc)
Half a carrot, cut into chunks and partially boiled
2 tbsp of butter (room temperature)
1 tbsp mirin
salt and ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 220°C.
  2. Cut two large pieces of aluminium foil and fold them into half. Lightly grease the centre of the foil with oil. Make a well in each piece.
  3. Season the cod with salt and pepper.
  4. Place cod in the centre of foil. Add mirin and top cod with a tablespoon of butter.
  5. Add mushrooms and carrots and wrap up parcel. When wrapping parcel, remember to leave some room for the parcel to expand.
  6. Place foil parcels on a baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes (depending on size of fish)
  7. Serve hot with rice.

PS: The soup seen in the second picture is a simple dashi stock with added vegetables and tofu. The dashi stock was made from scratch by soaking kombu in water for 1.5 hours, then heating the water with kombu till it just boils. Remove kombu and add 1/2 cup of bonito flakes. Turn off the flame. After some time, strain the soup. Season to taste.