Cod and chorizo orzo

Chorizo is wonderful paired with the delicate flavour of cod. Serve alongside delicious orzo for an easy meal that is sure to impress.


  • 200g/7oz orzo pasta
  • 225g/8oz cod fillet, skinless and boneless
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 200g/7oz cooking chorizo, roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp smoked hot paprika
  • 90g/3½oz roasted red peppers (from a jar), cut into strips
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh flatleaf parsley
  • ½ lemon, juice only

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/390F/Gas 6.

  2. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, add the orzo and cook for 10-12 minutes, or until just tender. Drain the orzo and set aside.

  3. Season the cod with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat an ovenproof frying pan until smoking, add one tablespoon of the olive oil and fry the cod for 1-2 minutes on both sides, or until golden-brown all over. Transfer to the oven to cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.

  4. Remove the fish from the pan and flake the flesh onto a plate.

  5. Heat a pan until hot, add the remaining olive oil and the chorizo and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until the chorizo is cooked and the oils are released into the pan. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chorizo from the pan and set aside.

  6. Add the cooked orzo and smoked sweet paprika to the pan, stir well to coat in the oil and cook for 1-2 minutes. Return the chorizo to the pan and add the roasted red peppers and flaked cod. Mix well to combine and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir in the parsley and lemon juice.

  7. To serve, spoon onto serving plates.

James Martin recipes from Saturday Kitchen Best Bites

Less than 30 mins preparation time

10 to 30 mins cooking time

Serves 4

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