Pan-fried Haddock w pancetta, cockles, peas, & lentils

I’m all about textures & flavours when it comes to food with me & this dish encompasses both & even more. The slight crunchiness of the lentils, served with the silkiness of the fish with the flavour combination of the cockles, pancetta & Basil pesto. I’m a little proud of this one. Made this for a couple of my favourite people & seeing their reaction made it all the worth while.


Ingredients (serves 4)

220g Puy Lentil (merchant gourmet my fave)

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 small carrot, chopped

1 onion, chopped

Mixed Italian Herbs

500ml chicken stock

10 Pomodorini

4 fillets haddock (or other white fish)

100g Cockles/clams

100g Pancetta, cubed

100g Peas

Fresh Parsley

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

White wine

Olive oil

Salt & Pepper

Basil pesto (Recipe go to Ligurian inspired fish stew…

  • First prepare the lentils; fry the onion, carrot, celery with the Italian mixed herbs in a drizzle of  olive oil
  • When the veggies have softened, add in the lentils, stir & add the stock. Season with salt. Bring to the boil & simmer and cook for 25-30 mins.
  • Next, prepare the cockle mix in a deep frying pan, by frying the garlic in a little olive oil, then add the pancetta, cockles & peas. Add a splash of white wine.
  • Season the fish with salt & pepper. Add the fish into the pan with the cockle mix and cook for 10 mins until fish cooked through.
  • Add the Pomodorini to the lentils and mix through.
  • Serve the fish with the cockle mix on top of a bed of lentils. Drizzle Basil pesto on top.



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