Cod baked in Cider and Spices

Cod baked in Cider and Spices

Cod baked in cider with mustard, paprika and Cajun spice mix, together with some oregano, thyme and some Mediterranean vegetables.

This was a bit of an experiment. It work only okay, to be honest. I bought some frozen cod fillets and I was thinking what could I do to liven them up. Don’t get me wrong this is nice – but it’s not as good as Jocasta Innès Herring Fillets Baked in Cider (here is a sort of version of that). And you should serve it with some lovely and very creamy mashed potatoes.

I suspect this might be better with a more distinctly flavoured fish – like trout or something along those lines.

But I’m noting it here because it’s a nicely flavoured, comforting meal for these chilly autumn evenings.

ingredients for cod baked in cider and spices
Ingredients for Cod baked in Cider and Spices: Frozen cod fillets, cider, Cajun spices blend, mustard, paprika, thyme, oregano, courgette, bell peppers and onion.

Cod baked in Cider and Spices

Serves 3 - 4

Cod baked in Cider and Spices


  • 3 - 4 cod fillets
  • 2 teaspoons mustard flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun spice blend
  • cider
  • some thyme and oregano
  • 1 courgette, topped, tailed and sliced
  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 - 2 bell peppers, stalked removed, deseeded and sliced
  • salt
  • a little oil


  1. Turn on the oven to 180 C. Grease an oven dish.
  2. Heat a little oil in a large pan and sweat the vegetables on a gentle heat until they have all softened. You can just cover and leave them on a low heat for 10 minutes or so. Generously sprinkle with salt.
  3. Make a paste with the mustard, paprika, Cajun spice blend and a little cider. Coat the fish fillets in the paste and place them in the oven dish. Add the thyme and oregano. Cover with the seasoned, sweated veg. Pour some cider over the dish so that the fish are fully immersed in the cider and the veg are starting to be covered by it.
  4. Cover the dish with tin foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes.
  5. Serve with creamy mashed potato - the creamy mashed potato is what makes the dish.


dish topped with steamed vegetables and with cider poured oer
Add the sweated veg on top of the cod fillets and then pour over the cider so that it almost covers them.
dish covered in tin foil
Cover the dish in tin foil and bake for 45 minutes.
Cod baked in cider and spices
Cod baked in cider and spices on a bed of creamy mashed potato. The creamy mashed potato is very important.