Fish with Bacon, Peas and Cider (Serves 1)

This recipe, from Nigella Lawson’s cookbook ‘At My Table’, is a wonderfully quick dish all cooked in the same pan – an ideal supper dish. It is great simply served with some steamed new potatoes. I think it is one of those dishes which will appear on your weekly menu again and again!

1 White firm fish fillet, such as hake or cod, skin on – about 200g each

Olive oil

40g streaky bacon, snipped into 1cm strips

100g frozen petits pois

150ml dry cider

½ bunch of parsley, finely chopped

Sea salt and black pepper

  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan (with a lid), fry the bacon until crisped and golden, then add the frozen peas, give them a good stir.
  2. Pour in the cider and bring to the boil, then turn it down to a simmer for about 5 minutes, until the peas are cooked. Add a little salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add the fish, skin side down, to the pan and cover with a lid (or with foil), allow to gently simmer for about 10 minutes until just cooked.
  4. Place the fish fillet on a plate. Stir most of the parsley through the peas and bacon in the pan (check the seasoning), then spoon it around the fish along with the lovely cidery juices. Sprinkle with the remaining parsley and serve, simply steamed new potatoes are delicious with this dish!