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Cod with pancetta leeks

5/04/2013 by Kate in Quick Suppers, Recipes, Uncategorized 0

I used to be a bit wary of cooking fresh fish, worrying that I would either overcook or undercook it, i.e. ruin it. But witha bit of confidence it’s easy and so delicious. The main thing is to be brave about getting the pan really hot and then get the oil hot before adding the fish. This recipe is quick and easy and we have to battle with ourselves not to eat it up too quickly.

Serves 2
3 slices pancetta or 2 slices of streaky bacon, sliced into 1cm pieces (optional, but just a little gives a good flavour)
2 large leeks, washed, trimmed and finely sliced
1 tbsp butter
2 cod fillets, seasoned with Maldon salt
1 tsb groundnut oil
Lime zest
2 tbsp half fat creme fraiche
  1. Heat a non-stick saucepan and add the pancetta (no oil needed), turning occasionally until crispy.
  2. Remove the pancetta, add half the butter and the leeks. Cover to keep the steam in and gently cook on the hob until soft, about 15 minutes.
  3. Heat a large, non-stick frying pan. Get it nice and hot before adding a little groundnut oil. Wait for the oil to be very hot and then gently lower the fillets into the pan (if you are cooking fish with skin on then skin-side down). Allow the fillets to cook almost the whole way through, you can tell as they go from transparent to white. Now flip over the fillets carefully, add the butter to the pan and sprinkle the lime zest into the butter as it melts. Take the pan off the heat and spoon the butter over the fish a few times. (For ultra healthy cooking steam your fish with just the lime zest).
  4. Add the pancetta back to the leeks and the creme fraiche. Warm through and spoon the leeks onto plates first before topping with the fish.

Health Notes

Fish are a great source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, which are important for a healthy diet. They are also a very good protein, helping us to feel fuller for longer. In France, leek soup is used as a weight loss detox as they are a mild diuretic. They are part of the allium family, a healthy group of vegetables that are excellent for heart health and our immune systems.

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