First class coley burgers

Cod is the most popular fish in Britain. And yet we forget about all the other fishy gems out there – skate, haddock, plaice, trout, sole, hake, halibut, sea bream. My favourite less well-known one is tilapia. This is a lean fish with a subtle flavour so works well with additions such as chilli or lime.

During the week I try to cook quick meals because frankly there is just not enough time in life. I save the weekends for more adventurous cooking when I can really enjoy putting some music on and chilling out with a cup of tea! I discovered coley this week. We were initially looking for some cod and headed to the freezer section because frozen fish is miles cheaper and still great to eat! We stumbled across coley, a white fish similar to cod. We were a little put off by the packaging but we thought lets give it a go and try this coley! A quick Google of it proved that even Michelin chefs such as Tom Aikens rate it highly! Why not read this informative article to see how great it really is? In Waitrose, they do 6 frozen coley pieces for £3.45! I think this is a absolute bargain myself! I still have four left in the freezer to use for next time!

Coley assemble

Recipe (serves 2)

  • 2 fillets of coley (frozen ones are cheaper and the Waitrose ones can be cooked from frozen)
  • 50g chorizo sliced
  • Sprinkle of paprika
  • Few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • Few drops of lemon juice (I use a squeezy bottle)
  • Drizzle of chilli oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 white rolls
  • Butter and mayonnaise for the rolls
  • Serve with lettuce and cooked green beans, with your favourite dressing


  • Take each coley fillet and wrap it up in a foil parcel containing the paprika, thyme, lemon juice, chilli oil, chorizo slices, and salt and pepper.
  • coley foilcoley foil chorizo
  • Cook in a preheated oven for about 25 minutes at 180oC (or the instructions on the fish). You can cook the Waitrose frozen fish from frozen so no need to remember to defrost the night before!
  • While the fish is cooking, butter the rolls and spread mayonnaise on the upper inside of the roll.
  • Dress the plates with lettuce and cooked green beans. Add dressing if you like.
  • When the fish is cooked, assemble the rolls and serve!

Coley plate

Quick and delicious! Why not get on board with this less familiar fish?

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