Sweet Pepper Pesto Cod

It has been sweltering in San Francisco.

I almost couldn’t do a blog because it’s so hot and we don’t have AC.  It sucked to heat up the oven.  But, I made it through.

Have you ever had a brined sweet cherry pepper?

The flavor is delicious, a little sweet, a little spicy, and a lot of flavors.  I wanted to make this little pepper into a pesto.  I took my normal pesto recipe, added a little of the brine, and a few peppers.

The taste was gorgeous.

It was a little sweet, earthy, and perfect for a pan-seared cod.

Which is exactly what I did with it.

I took a fantastic piece of cod and seared it up and topped it with the pesto sauce.

The flavors were perfection.

If you’re looking for a lighter dinner, but lots of flavor, this is what you need to make.

The slight sweetness of the cod brings out the sweetness of the pepper, the earthiness of the Basil really compliments and flavors the cod.  

Sweet Pepper Pesto Cod


Published 06/19/2017


  • 1 lb cod
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • A splash of sweet pepper brine
  • 1/4 cup sweet peppers (My favorite is Mama Lil's Peppers)


  1. In a food processor, process basil, 2 tbs olive oil, parmesan, pine nuts, brine, and sweet peppers. Set aside
  2. Over a medium heat, heat 2 tbs olive oil and pan sear the cod. 5 minutes on each side or until you can flake the fish with a fork.
  3. Pour the pesto onto the cod and serve with a garnish of sweet peppers.

What do you like doing when it’s hot outside?