Line caught cod with a herb crust and tartare cream sauce

Essential Cuisine

Essential Cuisine

Standard Supplier 22nd July 2014
Essential Cuisine

Essential Cuisine

Standard Supplier

Line caught cod with a herb crust and tartare cream sauce

Cod is a fantastically flaky fish that offers the versatility to be paired with a range of delicious flavours - Why not give the Line caught cod with a herb crust and tartare cream sauce recipe a try yourself? Main course cooked by Paul Mackellar during Lancashire Heat of North West Young Chef Competition 2014


  • •1 slice of bread, toasted 10p
  • •Handful of fresh mixed herbs (parsley, oregano, basil) 16p
  • •80g/3oz parmesan, finely grated 69p
  • •Salt and pepper to taste
  • •4x100g fillets of cod
  • •1 maris piper potato
  • •2 Egg yolks
  • •1 English mustard 1 tsp
  • •White wine vinegar 1 tsp
  • •Olive oil 250ml
  • •Double cream 50ml
  • •Hot roast fish stock
  • •Gherkins 2, diced
  • •Chervil, chives, parsley and tarragon 1 tsp each
  • •Baby gem lettuce 1, shredded
  • •Peas 100g
  • •Capers 50g
  • •Lemon juice 50ml
  • •Olive oil 50ml


1.Salt the cod portions for 1 hour then rinse and wrap in Clingfilm.
2.Blitz the breadcrumbs, herbs and cheese & then roll out and freeze for 1 hour then slice into small thin portions for thefish.
3.Simmer the diced potatoes in salted water for about 7 minutes until barely tender. Drain, refresh in cold water and set aside.
4.To make the sauce: put the egg yolk, mustard and wine vinegar into a bowl and whisk for 1 minute to combine. Slowly add the olive oil, drop by drop to begin with, then in a steady stream, whisking constantly, until the mixture is emulsified and thick. Season the mayonnaise with a little salt. 4. When ready to serve the fish, finish the sauce. Add the cream to the mayonnaise, then slowly whisk in the hot fish stock, until the sauce is thick enough to just coat the back of the spoon. Add the lettuce and peas to the sauce and heat through for 1 minute. Finally add the diced gherkins and chopped herbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Put to one side.
5.Heat the oil for deep frying in a deep fryer or other suitable deep, heavy pan to 180°c. Deep fry the potato cubes for 4 minutes until crispy and golden. Drain on kitchen paper and keep warm.
6.Heat a frying pan and add a drizzle of oil. When hot, add the cod portions and season with a little salt. Cook gently for 2 minutes until the fish is lightly golden at the edges. Carefully flip the fish over & place the crust on and finish under the grill.
7.Deep fry the capers until they flower & crisp up & then mix the lemon juice and olive oil & plate up.

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