Using just one skillet, this easy fish recipe cooks cod right on top of fresh green beans and uses the same pan to make a flavorful sauce. The result is perfectly flaky fish, tender-crisp vegetables, a savory pan sauce and very little cleanup.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2014


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beans and shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallot starts to soften, 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Sprinkle both sides of cod with salt and pepper. Spread the beans into a flat layer in the pan and gently place the cod on top. Increase heat to high, add broth, cover and cook until the fish is just cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes.

  • With a slotted spoon, transfer the cod and beans to a large serving plate or divide among 4 dinner plates; cover to keep warm. Cook the broth over high heat, uncovered, until reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in pesto. Pour the sauce over the fish and beans and serve with lemon wedges, if desired.


Wild-caught U.S. Pacific cod or Atlantic cod from Iceland and the northeast Arctic are all sustainable choices. Visit for more information.

Nutrition Facts

263.7 calories; protein 25.8g 52% DV; carbohydrates 15.1g 5% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 3.8g 15% DV; sugars 4.8g; fat 11.9g 18% DV; saturated fat 2.7g 14% DV; cholesterol 60.8mg 20% DV; vitamin a iu 1291.9IU 26% DV; vitamin c 17.4mg 29% DV; folate 55.5mcg 14% DV; calcium 177.3mg 18% DV; iron 2.5mg 14% DV; magnesium 67.2mg 24% DV; potassium 746.9mg 21% DV; sodium 371.2mg 15% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 15% DV.

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  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
I didn t have cod nor beans. I substituted tilapia and cauliflower and wow. My family said save this one. It was so easy and perfect for working family needing a quick meal. Very flavorful and will definitely try this recipe too as written and save my new twist too! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Tasty and simple to put together. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
The biggest bonus of this dish is how quickly it comes together. Poaching is a nice treatment for simple white fish (I used tilapia) and the pesto gives everything a bright tasty flavor. I served it with a multigrain/veggie mix from Trader Joe's and poured the sauce over everything! My four year old loved it too! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Simple and Tasty Even though we overcooked it a bit this dish was really great and I look forward to making it again in the future. I went with the 4 minutes covered cook time since my cod was fairly thin but it was still too much time for both the cod and the green beans. I really liked this dish and it is an easy way to cook up a quick nutritious meal. Pros: healthy easy quick interesting one pan Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Simple and Tasty I will definitely be making this dish again in the near future. It is a quick one-pan dish that is healthy and tasty. Ours was even a little overcooked (think soft green beans) but still good! Next time I'll go for 3 minutes covered cooking time and less time sauteeing the beans/shallots at the beginning. This one is a keeper! Pros: healthy easy quick interesting one pan Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Simply delicious Delicious simple - make sure to drain the fish & beans well as I did not and it turned into a bit of a soup at the bottom of the plate. Not a problem as I liked the flavors so well I ate that too! Will definitely be adding this to my repertoire. Pros: Ease of prep ingredients that are generally on hand; Cons: Make sure your cod is thick enough so it doesn't fall completely apart Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Easy delicious! I've made with halibut or cod and with homemade pesto and store bought. both really great. remarkably good with very few ingredients. Pros: simple ingredients easy cleanup. Cons: probably best in summer with great vegetables. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Refreshing Fish Dish! I saw this recipe in the latest EW issue and it just looked great in the picture so I had to try it. It is a 1-pan recipe so it was easy clean-up for the most part. The shallots and pesto added a really nice flavor to the fish and beans. Would definitely make again. Pros: Easy Fresh Light Read More