Smoked haddock with lemon & dill lentils

Smoked haddock with lemon & dill lentils

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 2
A low-GI supper for two with delicate fish and flavoured pulses - filling and nutritious

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal288
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre7g
  • protein33g
  • salt2.5g
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  • 100g/ 4oz Puy lentils



    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 carrot, finely chopped



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 300ml/ ½ pint vegetable stock
  • 1 rounded tbsp half-fat crème fraîche
  • 2 tbsp chopped dill
  • zest ½ lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 2 x 100g/4oz smoked haddock fillets
  • 50g/ 2oz baby spinach leaves


  1. Tip the lentils into a pan with the onion, carrot and celery. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Give it a stir, then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 20-25 mins, until the lentils are tender.

  2. Mix together the crème fraîche, half the dill and the lemon zest, adding a little seasoning. Put the fish in a shallow dish with a splash of water and cover with cling film. Microwave on Medium for 4-6 mins until the fish flakes easily.

  3. When the lentils are cooked, stir in the spinach until the leaves are barely wilted, then stir in the crème fraîche mixture. Divide between 2 warmed plates and top with the haddock. Scatter over the remaining dill and serve.

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Comments (24)

lizleicester's picture

Feels nice and healthy. Had to be dairy free so missed out the creme fraiche and used mayonnaise instead.

mellie11's picture

Great recipe, have cooked it twice now and everyone loved it. The lentils needed an extra 10 minutes. I pan fried the fish - first time with smoked river cobbler (been meaning to give this a try!) and then with salmon. The dill really makes this dish. I will definitely cook the lentils again and again, lovely fresh flavour.

sarahkdouglas's picture

Surprisingly delicious, and so healthy. My partner groaned when I told him what we were having, but he ended up devouring the lot. Will definitely be making it again. Lentils took a lot longer than stated though - about 45 minutes.

joannewall's picture

Tasty. Tweaked the recipe. Used up white fish instead of smoked haddock. Grilled it with black pepper and chilli flakes. Used tinned lentils. Added them to the sauted onion, carrots and celery. Nice dish. Will do again.
5 stars. Problems rating this recipe from a tablet.

joannewall's picture

Lovely recipe. Made some tweaks. Instead of smoked haddock, used up white fish. Grilled it, topped with blak pepper and chilli flakes. Used tinned lentils. Added them for last few mins to warm through to sauted carrots, celery, and onion. Will do again.
5 stars.. New app and rate this recipe stars not working. :-)

leestone's picture

Dee-lish. I used salmon fillets instead, and swapped dill for some thyme and it was yummy. Really quick and easy and has few ingredients. Will make for a dinner party sometime as it looked pretty impressive too.

louisel008's picture

made this tonight & followed it to the letter. a very nice meal which everyone ate (daughter had chicken & not fish) & there were 4 clean plates. will definitely be doing this again as it went down very well with some crusty buttered bread!

lulujersey's picture

This is nice but not one of Mary's best.
Tastes very healthy (and is)...

gill_david's picture

I am usually rate most recipes in this site as really god or excellent but this, I feel, and is vastly overrated. It's a dish which didn't hang together.

expertmessmaker's picture

Very pleasantly surprised, will definitely make again!

lottiemcp's picture

I loved this quick and easy recipe. I thought it was a long shot cooking it for my 5 and 3 year olds, but they polished it off and told me this was now one of their favourite suppers!

happyphantom's picture

Simple, healthy and absolutely delicious, loved this and will be making it again soon.

catie74's picture

Lovely recipe. Kids loved it

ylowen's picture

cooked this tonight and it was fabulous - nutritionally the perfect meal. I don't think it matters which fish you use, it will taste good. Next time I will try the lentils using basil instead of diil, and chicken breasts instead of fish. Maybe marscapone instead of Creme Fraiche? The options are limitless.

This will become a firm favourite!

jmaitland54's picture

Excellent . I agree with all louisaharris' comments above

louisaharris23's picture

Simple and delicious. I cooked it for my hubby (who works in high end catering) last night and not only did he absolutely love it, he even said it looked like 'restaurant food'. And this from a man who is not the biggest lentil fan! It's on the list to make again!

mylococo's picture

Perfect with seasoned pan fried smoked haddock and everything else the same :O)

fizzbomb's picture

used cod absolutely gorgeous

eleanormayo's picture

Having read the other comments, I was expecting this to be uber-delicious, and it was very nice, but not quite the yummiest thing in the world, possibly because my expectations were too high!

pmaskell's picture

Made this for supper last night. I followed the recipe exactly and I have admit that I was pleasantly surprised. To think that a meal that is so healthy and nutritious can be so, so delicious is remarkable! Absolutely gorgeous. Will absolutely be making this again and again.


Questions (1)

Dormouse7's picture

How can I cook the fish without putting it in a microwave, please?

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