Pan-fried cod with champ

Pan-fried cod with champ

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(3 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 30 mins - 35 mins


Serves 2
Champ, a traditional Irish accompaniment of potato and spring onion, adds real warmth to this simple cod dish

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal890
  • fat58g
  • saturates31g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein42g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 500g large potato, peeled and quartered



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 4 spring onions
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 2x 175g pieces of cod, skin on



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

  • 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…

  • 142ml carton double cream
  • 200ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • knob butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…


  1. Cook the potatoes in a pan of boiling water until tender, about 10-15 mins. Meanwhile, chop the spring onions, separating the green part from the white.

  2. Lay the cod on a piece of kitchen paper to remove any excess moisture. Heat a frying pan to a high heat, add the oil, then the fish, skin side down. Don't move the pan or even shake it as this will tear the skin. Cook for 4-5 mins until the edges start to colour. Turn the fish over and cook for a further 3-4 mins.

  3. Bring the cream and milk to the boil in a pan with the butter, then add the chopped white part of the onions, simmer for a few minutes, then season, if you want to. Mash the potatoes and mix in the hot cream and milk and half the chopped green part of the spring onions. Sprinkle the rest over the mash. Serve with the fish, pouring over any pan juices.

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3rd Nov, 2018
Champ is the first thing that I think of when cooking a piece of cod. It’s tasty, quick and the perfect accompaniment. Thanks John.
24th Jan, 2014
Far too much cream/milk! I used half the amount stated and it was still too much. Otherwise tasty, quick and easy.
10th Sep, 2011
What eve you do do NOT use te full amount of cream / milk - you will end up with a white slop!!
27th Feb, 2011
Won't be trying this one! With so much saturated fat it should definitely carry a health warning! Perhaps every recipe should be given a health rating?!
31st Aug, 2010
Very tasty. The mash is very nostalgic. Not sure about the cod though because I cheated and used frozen cod. Tut tut!
31st Aug, 2008
Really tasty! My Belfast husband loved it !But I needed to use less milk than the recipe said. Will definitely be making it again
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