Pan-fried cod with noodles recipe

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This recipe for Pan-fried fish with spinach and noodles makes a great tasty family meal.

  • healthy
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories500 Kcal25%
Fat24 g34%
Saturated Fat4 g20%

If you're looking for a unique take on some of the classic noodle dishes out there, try this pan-friend cod with noodles recipe.

This recipe for pan-fried cod with noodles is one of our favourite for spinning weekday meals on their heads. We're all busy with work and trying to get the kids home from school so the last thing you want is to be trying to whip up a complex dinner, trying to get in enough protein and carbohydrates to keep everyone healthy.

Pan-fried cod with noodles solves this problem straight away. Cod is rich in omega-3 and protein, so simply by taking a few fillets out of the freezer and putting them in a pan, you're contributing positively to your intake of these two essential things. Noodles - whether they're fresh or instant - are great for getting carbohydrates and staying fuller for longer, but they're also low in fat. Even better!

If you're looking for a kick of extra vitamins and minerals, why not add some spinach to the mix? Simply put fresh or frozen spinach leaves into a pan of hot (not boiling) water until they're soft and add them to your plate - next to your noodles. Alternatively, if spinach isn't on the menu, add some thin slices of cucumber - healthy and also adds a refreshing kick to your meal.

There's no need to make weeknight meals so complex with this recipe for noodles with pan-fried cod. Whether you're making it just for you or the whole family, it's a crowd-pleasing recipe with something for everyone.


  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 200g medium egg noodles
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 4 x 150g (5oz) pieces of cod fillet
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 long radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • A few pieces of sushi ginger (optional)
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil




  1. Heat a small frying pan, add the sesame seeds and toast them for a few seconds until golden. Tip them into a bowl.
  2. Add boiling water to a pan, bring back to the boil, put in the noodles. Leave off the heat for 4 mins, stirring occasionally, to rehydrate. Drain off water and put the noodles in a bowl.
  3. Meanwhile, reheat frying pan and add the rapeseed oil, put in the cod, skin-side down, and cook over a medium heat, with the lid on, for about 3 mins, depending on thickness. Flip the fish over and cook for 1-2 mins longer until it just turns opaque. Season.
  4. Mix the radish slices and sushi ginger, if using, with the vinegar and 1 tbsp sesame oil.
  5. Add the other spoonful of sesame oil to the noodles. Divide them between 4 plates. Put the fish on top and spoon radish salad over, then sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Top Tip for making Pan-fried cod with noodles

Sushi ginger can be found in sachet packs with the Japanese sushi snacks in supermarkets.

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies