Braised peas with bacon, lentils & cod

Braised peas with bacon, lentils & cod

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(38 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

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

  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal372
  • fat19g
  • saturates7.7g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre5g
  • protein34g
  • salt2.7g
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Ingredients

  • 25g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

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

    Cod

    kod

    A popular mild-flavoured saltwater fish mainly found in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Cod…

For the peas

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 4 thick slices of back bacon, cut into matchsticks
    Bacon

    Bacon

    bay-kon

    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 300g shelled pea (fresh or frozen)
    Peas

    Peas

    p-ees

    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 410g can lentil, drained and washed
    Lentils

    Lentils

    len-til

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

  • 2 lemons, 1 juiced, 1 quartered
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

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

  • large handful mint leaves, roughly chopped
    Mint

    Mint

    mi-nt

    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

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.

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Comments, questions and tips

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cakeanyone
2nd Aug, 2010
5.05
Really good meal. The fish definitely doesn't need any more than the 5 minutes suggested.
susiewyld
30th Jan, 2009
5.05
Delicious and very easy.
renomate
22nd Oct, 2008
4.05
great side dish, you could serve with anything, fish, steak...
dardie
7th Oct, 2008
4.05
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
1st Oct, 2008
3.05
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
17th Jun, 2008
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
16th Feb, 2008
5.05
Delicious - quick, easy and really impressive - have cooked this several times and it always proves really popular
samgkenny
6th Feb, 2008
5.05
Delicious and really easy

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