Butter Fried Cod With Hash Brown & Pea Pesto: Recipe

Thanks to the efforts of chefs like Noma’s René Redzepi, Nordic food has really started to grab the world’s attention in recent years. Recently, The City Lane spoke with Swedish journalist and food stylist Alexandra Vikström (you can read the interview here) and she was kind enough to share with us her recipe for butter fried cod with hash brown and pea pesto. Swedish simplicity at its best.

Butter fried cod with hash brown and pea pesto recipe

Preparation Time: 10 minutes          /          Cooking Time: 20 minutes         /          Serves 4


Hash Brown:

  • 8 potatoes
  • 25g butter
  • salt


  • 4 pieces of cod (50g each)
  • 1 red onion
  • 50g butter
  • salt
  • black pepper

Pea Pesto:

  • 250g peas
  • 50g pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp (30g) olive oil
  • salt



  1. Peel the skin from the potatoes and grate them into small pieces. Squeeze the liquid out of them and form four evenly size patties with your hands.
  2. Fry the patties in a pan with the butter until golden brown. Sprinkle a pinch of salt onto every patty. Keep them in the pan on a low heat while you prepare the rest.
  3. Finely chop the onion and fry it in a pan with the butter. Add the cod and fry it for around three minutes on each side. Season with salt and black pepper.
  4. Mix the peas into a smooth paste. Add the pine nuts, olive oil, a pinch of salt and combine.
  5. Serve the cod with the hash brown and top with the pesto.



Fresh peas are best but frozen peas work just as well.

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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