Brown Buttered Haddock with Curried Lentils

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Serves2 people
Brown Buttered Haddock with Curried Lentils

An aromatic supper of sustainably caught haddock cooked in the lightly spiced, nutty richness of browned butter. Served with curried lentils and organic veg, topped off with golden pan fried shallots.


  • 1 aubergine
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 red onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 chilli
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp mild curry powder
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 400g tinned green lentils
  • 100g baby leaf spinach
  • 45g butter
  • 2 haddock fillets
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 lemon

Prep: 10 mins | Cook: 30 mins

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1. Dice the aubergine into 1cm cubes. Put a pan on a high heat for 2 mins to warm up. Add the aubergine to the pan with 1 tbsp olive oil. Fry for 5 mins, stirring frequently, till golden brown. Lift out of the pan and pop onto a plate lined with kitchen paper to drain. Take the pan off the heat.
2. Peel and finely chop the carrots, red onions and garlic. Finely chop the chilli, flicking the seeds out of the chilli for less heat. Put the pan back on the heat. Add 1 tbsp oil plus the veg, garlic and chilli. Turn the heat down to medium-low and cook for 5-6 mins, stirring a few times, till softened.
3. Add the aubergine back to the pan. Add 2 tsp cumin seeds, 1½ tsp of the curry powder and a little salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 1 min.
4. Drain the lentils and pour them into the pan. Add the baby leaf spinach. Cook for 4-5 mins, stirring, till the lentils are warmed through and the spinach has wilted. Set aside with the lid on to keep warm.
5. Put a frying pan on a medium-high heat. Add the butter and ½ tsp curry powder. Warm through till melted, bubbling and golden brown. Season the haddock fillets all over with salt and pepper, then add them to the pan. Fry for 3 mins on each side till the fish is opaque and flakes easily when pressed with a fork. Transfer the haddock to a plate and loosely cover with foil.
6. While the fish fries, peel the shallots and slice into rings. Add them to the frying pan. Turn the heat up to high and fry the shallots for 2-3 mins till golden.
7. Spoon the curried lentils onto 2 warm plates. Place the fish on top. Spoon over some of the shallots and the butter sauce.
8. Finish by grating some lemon zest over the top. Slice the lemon into wedges and serve with the fish.
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