Cod with lentils

servings4
1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

Cod

  • 4 cod fillets, each weighing 150g
  • olive oil
  • salt to season
  • black pepper to season

Lentils

  • 300g of puy lentils
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 celery stick, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 150g of pancetta
  • 10g of butter
  • 10ml of vegetable oil
  • salt
  • pepper

To serve

  • 50g of pancetta
  • 10ml of sherry vinegar
  • 50g of baby carrots, sliced and pre-boiled
  • 1 bunch of spring onions, sliced
  • 10g of butter
  • 10ml of olive oil

Method

1
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
2
For the lentils, heat the oil and butter in a frying pan over a low-medium heat. Add the onions and carrots and sweat for 15 minutes
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 10ml of vegetable oil
  • 10g of butter
3
Add the garlic, thyme, bay leaf, celery and pancetta. Sweat for 5 minutes, then drain to remove any excess fat
  • 1 celery stick, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 150g of pancetta
4
Line a large bowl with a piece of muslin cloth and pour all of the cooked ingredients into the bowl. Tie the muslin loosely to encase the ingredients before adding to a large pan. Add the lentils, cover with water then bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and leave to simmer for 30 minutes
  • 300g of puy lentils
5
Once the lentils are cooked, season with salt and pepper and leave to cool. Once cool enough to handle, squeeze the muslin bag over a bowl to catch all of the juices. Discard the muslin and vegetables and reserve the juices
  • salt
  • pepper
6
Place a frying pan over a high heat and add oil. Once hot, add the pancetta and fry for 1-2 minutes, then pour in the sherry vinegar to deglaze
  • 50g of pancetta
  • 10ml of olive oil
  • 10ml of sherry vinegar
7
Add the lentils and pre-boiled carrots to the pan with a splash of the reserved cooking juices. Finish with the butter, olive oil and spring onions and keep to one side while you cook the cod
  • 50g of baby carrots, sliced and pre-boiled
  • 10g of butter
  • 1 bunch of spring onions
8
Season the fillets of cod and place skin-side down onto a baking tray. Cook in the oven for 4-5 minutes until cooked through
  • 4 cod fillets
  • salt to season
  • black pepper to season
9
Remove the fish from the oven, carefully flip the cod over and leave to rest for a few minutes. Drizzle with olive oil and then serve onto plates with the lentils