Cod with Mixed Peas in Cider

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Cod with Mixed Peas in Cider

Preparation time: 10 – 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 – 30 minutes
Skill level: easy
Serves: 2
Recipe: Valentine Warner


  • cod – sustainable – or other white fish – enough for 2
  • frozen peas/broad beans/soya beans – 150-200g
  • onion – small – finely chopped
  • garlic – 2 cloves – finely chopped
  • dry cider – 200ml
  • parsley – finely chopped – 2 tbsp
  • mint – finely chopped – 2 tbsp
  • butter
  • plain flour
  • olive oil
  • s & p

Heat some oil and cook the onion and garlic for about 7 minutes until soft. Transfer to a plate.

Return the pan to the heat, pat the fish dry and roll in seasoned flour. Add a little more oil to the pan and place the fish skin-side down.

Cook over a medium heat for a couple of minutes and then add the cooked onions and garlic.

Add the peas/beans and cider and simmer gently for 4 minutes.

Cod with Mixed Peas in Cider

Remove the fish and divide between two warmed plates.

Add the herbs to the pea mixture and then stir in a knob of butter. Bubble for a few seconds so the sauce thickens and becomes glossy.

Spoon over the fish and serve with potatoes or bread.

* Making money and sitting on beanbags.

Verdict: Succulent fish with a very tasty sauce indeed.

Drink: A few pints of ‘Monster Mash’ before and the remains of the cider during.

Entertainment: A couple of episodes of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ – still waiting for the much heralded ‘Wire’ style multi-layered complexity to reveal inself. It’s all rather ‘Star Trek’ and predictable at the moment. Will everyone turn out to be a Cylon? Is Adama a Cylon? Am I a Cylon?

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