Smoked haddock with lemon & dill lentils

Smoked haddock with lemon & dill lentils

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(29 ratings)

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


  • 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…

  • 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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katycooks's picture
17th Sep, 2018
This is an excellent recipe. Very simple and quick to do, and really tasty. I added some green beans to the carrots/lentil mix and used more dill than quoted. Other than that, I followed the recipe. Given that the smoked haddock is cooked so quickly and simply, I think it is worth getting the non-dyed version (as used in the picture) if you can find/afford it - the flavour and texture is super. The dish feels quite virtuous and healthy, which is a definite bonus for something so tasty!
20th Jan, 2018
The recipe tastes great, is easy to make and is quick to make mid-week. The lentils do require slightly longer than suggested to cook however the wait is worth it.
22nd Nov, 2017
The lentils in this dish are fantastic and make such a change from potatoes! Just because I had them in the cupboard, I used a sachet of cooked puy lentils and it worked really well and was nice and quick. I just cooked the carrot, celery and onion in the stock for about 10 mins then added the lentils until the stock was reduced right down. I had no dill so used parsley. I served them with grilled cod. Will be a regular from now on.
24th Apr, 2017
Easy recipe, all enjoyed it. The lentils are great, will use that recipe to complement other dishes for sure, and we always enjoy some smoked haddock.
30th Mar, 2016
Feels nice and healthy. Had to be dairy free so missed out the creme fraiche and used mayonnaise instead.
23rd Feb, 2014
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.
20th Jan, 2014
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.
22nd Sep, 2013
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.
22nd Sep, 2013
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. :-)
15th Aug, 2013
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.


21st Aug, 2015
How can I cook the fish without putting it in a microwave, please?
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