While turkey may be the traditional Christmas dinner, I hope this cranberry crusted cod is something you may like to try for the holidays if you prefer to be meat-free or just fancy a change. It's super simple to make, and aside from the cranberries uses pantry staples. Dairy-free and low histamine.
Why you'll love this recipe
- A bit different. Looking to change up your holiday recipes from turkey? Fish is a lovely idea and the cranberries make it feel very festive.
- Uses mostly pantry (and freezer!) staples. Hopefully you have most ingredients to hand.
- Easy to make. This is quite a simple recipe and doesn't have too much 'hands on' time,
Other than the cod and cranberries, this recipe uses mostly pantry staples. You will need:
- Cod - the main ingredient, this recipe uses frozen cod.
- Cranberries - the ultimate festive food! Naturally a bit sour so definitely need sweetening up, which is where the next ingredient comes in . . .
- Maple syrup - the best sweetener if you ask me! Help brighten up the tart taste of cranberries. I like Clarks maple syrup.
- Thyme - a versatile herb that is reputed to have antihistamine properties. I like the Simply Organic dried thyme.
- Cinnamon - this is optional as it is a controversial food in the histamine world. Some lists have it as low histamine, others as high. Leave out if you have any doubts.
- Olive oil - to help bind the cranberry and breadcrumb mixture together. I like Bertolli extra virgin olive oil.
Make sure to check the recipe card for the full ingredients and instructions!
Step by step instructions
I have quite a few fish dishes with crust toppings in my low histamine recipes collection now as they are so easy to make and you can add lots of flavour. There are three main steps to this recipe:
- Bake your cod in the oven loosely covered with aluminium foil for around 15 minutes.
- Make the crust topping. I use a Nutribullet to whizz up some bread into breadcrumbs, and make the cranberry mixture by combining those ingredients in a pan and heating through until the fruit bursts and becomes a sauce-like consistency. Combine with the breadcrumbs, add a touch of oil, and you have your crust topping.
- Spoon the crust topping onto the fish and bake for another 15-20 minutes until the fish is thoroughly cooked through. Serve with vegetables of your choice, and perhaps some roast potatoes too.
When I was thinking about recipe testing I added fresh cranberries to my online shopping order, and they sent frozen ones instead. While online shopping feels much better for me personally this year, it's true that you can get substitutions. This one wasn't too bad in comparison to when I was sent three huge bags of green beans instead of cauliflower a while back . . .
So I tested this festive crusted cod out using frozen cranberries as you can see from the frosty ones in the pic! It turned out perfectly, so you can definitely use either fresh or frozen. If using frozen you may want to add a touch of water when making the sauce.
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Cranberry crusted cod
- Preheat the oven to 200C. Once at temperature place your cod fillets in an ovenproof dish and cover loosely with aluminium foil. Bake for 15 minutes.
- Make the topping by blending your bread to form breadcrumbs (I use a nutribullet). In a pan gently heat the cranberries, thyme, cinnamon, maple syrup, salt and pepper for around ten minutes until the cranberries mostly burst and form a thick sauce. Add a touch of water to begin with if required, and stir often. Sprinkle in the breadcrumbs and stir to combine.
- Remove the fish from the oven and discard the foil. Pat the cranberry mixture on the top of the fish. Return to the oven and bake for a further 15-20 minutes or until the cod is thoroughly cooked.
- Plate up with your other side dishes, and serve immediately. Enjoy and happy holidays!
- Be sure to bake the fish before adding the cranberry crust.
- Add a touch of water to the cranberry mixture if required.
- You don't need all the cranberries to burst and cook down into a liquid, just the majority of them.
- wheat (in the bread), which scores 1.
- black pepper, which scores 2 and is optional.
- only consume fish if you know you tolerate well.
- cinnamon scores 0 but is rated differently on histamine lists.