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meat and fish | cod and caramelised onions

Serves 2

This is a lovely, tasty dish. If you’ve already made some caramelised onion relish, you could serve with this, gently warmed through.

Wheat free, dairy free, nut free version...



  1. Heat the half the oil in a saucepan and add the onions, garlic, thyme, sugar and shallots.
  2. Season with salt and pepper, and cook over a low heat for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Add the balsamic and stir through. Keep on a very low heat with the lid on, stirring occasionally to make sure the onions don't dry out and weld themselves to the bottom of the pan.
  4. Heat the rest of the oil and pan fry the cod on both sides for several minutes until cooked through - the flesh will flake easily when cooked.
  5. Serve topped with the onions.

Maybe serve with...

Serve on a bed of roasted strips of peppers. This also works well with peas (add some crispy bacon pieces and/or a little chopped mint if you like) or pea puree. You could also serve on a bed of mashed potato or rice.

For those able to eat dairy ...

Add a knob of butter to the mashed potato - or grate some cheese in and turn the mashed potato into a bake.

For those able to eat wheat...

Serve the cod, peppers and onions with fresh bread instead of potatoes or rice.

For those who can eat meat...

This would also work with chicken breasts. Place a sage leaf on top of the chicken breast, wrap bacon around the breast to conceal the leaf and pan fry or bake in the oven. Then serve with the caramelised onions.

If you have chicken leftover, see the speedy chicken parcels, caramelised cod, grapefruit chicken and Nanny Eve's chicken soup. If you have cod leftover, see the chicken and tarragon provençal, the fish drizzled with warm tomato vinaigrette , duck with mango salad and Italian fish soup. If you have leftover onions and shallots, see the Italian beef stew.

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