Braised peas with bacon, lentils & cod

Braised peas with bacon, lentils & cod

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Peas are in season in June and are delicious fresh, but frozen ones often have just as much taste

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily doubled / halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
372
protein
34g
carbs
18g
fat
19g
saturates
7.7g
fibre
5g
sugar
3g
salt
2.7g

Ingredients

  • 25g butter
  • 4 sustainable cod fillets, about 100g/4oz each, skin on

For the peas

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 thick slices of back bacon, cut into matchsticks
  • 300g shelled peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 410g can lentils, drained and washed
  • 2 lemons, 1 juiced, 1 quartered
  • large handful mint leaves, roughly chopped

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Method

  1. To make the pea braise, heat half the olive oil in a shallow saucepan, then sizzle bacon for 5 mins until crisp. Turn the heat down, add the peas to the pan, then cover and braise for 8-10 mins until peas are tender (about 5 mins if you’re using frozen peas). Add the lentils to the peas and cook until heated, then remove from heat and dress with lemon juice, seasoning and a bit more olive oil, if necessary. Just before serving, stir through the mint.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a frying pan until frothy, then add the fish, skin-side down, and cook for 4 mins until the skin is crisp and the fish almost cooked. Flip the fillets over and cook for 1 min. Divide the peas between 4 plates and top with fish. Drizzle with olive oil and serve with a wedge of lemon.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2007

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KED's picture
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Yet again I wish I had read the comments before making this recipe, it would have been much nicer, if I had used butter and some chicken stock in the peas, with out this it was pretty bland and tasteless, the the point where I don't think i'll bother with this recipe again.

helenababe888's picture

I changed this recipe by adding an onion,garlic and a small chilli and used a tin of adzuki beans together with a side of puy lentils as my husband has a hearty appetite and it was delicious and he was looking for more!

jessers's picture
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This was so quick and easy to make and was genuinely very tasty. The only changes I made were using cobbler rather than cod & lemon juice from a bottle. Although others recommend using stock I personally didn't feel it needed it. The peas could go with anything - meat, chicken or fish. Might try adding more bacon next time and just have that as a main. This will definitely be a regular in our household from now on.

andreacalverley1@gmail.com's picture
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Delicious! I used skinless cod which I poached. The pea & lentils were fab too, & I also added some chicken stock. Would definitely make again.

wubada's picture
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I have done this twice now, and it really works. So simple but a perfect quick healthy fix. Can be served either just on the peas, or goes well with a bit of a cous-cous and a fresh salad. Fish can also be grilled for an even healthier version - but tastes so much better fried in a little butter!

fatsiatbbc's picture
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One of my favourites, and unlike so many recipes you can cook this in the evening after work with few fresh ingredients (so little planning). Incredibly easy, healthy and low GI.

As others suggested above, braising the peas in some stock (I used 300ml of chicken stock) adds depth to the flavour and also gives you a more saucy dish. I add a knob of butter as well, cos I'm a pig.

The fresh mint and peas complement wonderfully, as does the lemon juice and the fish. The whole thing tastes deep but with a beautiful fresh zing.

eleanormayo's picture
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Made this for my brother-in-law the other night and other than halving the recipe, I didn't change a thing. Very tasty.

roseanne's picture
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Have used this recipe several times. It always goes down well and is so easy to do. I have done this with salmon as well and it is just as good. it can even be done with fish without skin on though is better if you poach fish but still tastes yummy with the lentils

alicewrigley's picture
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Very tasty, I added chicken stock to the peas as suggested and it was a resounding success!

piptrowles's picture

Add a bit of chicken stock when cooking the peas which made it a bit more saucy and added flavour, went down a hit with the parents who are very fussy!

lillie2009's picture
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This was delicious, fish was perfect and the meal was quick and easy to prepare. Great for a healthy quick meal after work.

cakeanyone's picture
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Really good meal. The fish definitely doesn't need any more than the 5 minutes suggested.

susiewyld's picture
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Delicious and very easy.

renomate's picture
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great side dish, you could serve with anything, fish, steak...

dardie's picture
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I also made this with salmon, and reading that it was a bit dry, added some vegetable stock and then a clove of garlic for flavour. I was delicious!

tphotiou's picture
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Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed with this and didn't find it as tasty as I was hoping. The peas, bacon and mint all went really well together and I would probably also use this as a side dish but as a main meal, I found it just a little bit dry and a bit boring. Probably won't be making again.

lissag100's picture

The peas bacon and lentils are very tasty and I often use this as a side dish. For this recipe I substituted the cod for salmon (cooked in a foil parcel in the oven with bacon, lemon, ginger, and white wine) and it was lovely.

superkat's picture
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Delicious - quick, easy and really impressive - have cooked this several times and it always proves really popular

samgkenny's picture
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Delicious and really easy

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