Pic of Pan-fried Pollock with Padron Peppers, Tomatoes and White Beans

Pan-fried Pollock with Padron Peppers, Tomatoes and White Beans

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Pan-fried Pollock with Padron Peppers, Tomatoes and White Beans

Serves 2 40 min
Padron peppers are commonly fried with a pinch of sea salt and served as a bar snack in Spain. Eating them is a bit like playing Russian roulette: most are mild, but every now and then you'll bite into a wickedly hot one. You have been warned! The aim with your fish is to get perfectly crispy skin. This is easier than you'd think; it takes a hot pan and minimal intervention. The skin will lift away from the pan as it crisps, so resist the urge to poke and prod. When you remove the fish from the heat, it should continue to cook in the declining warmth of the pan.


  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 400g tin of cannellini beans, drained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 200g Padron peppers
  • 2 pollock fillets
  • 1 lemon


Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 30 min
  • Step 1

    Preheat your oven to 200°C/Gas 6. Cut the tomatoes in half and arrange them, cut-side up, in a roasting tray. Drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes.
  • Step 2

    Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in the saucepan and cook the onion gently for 10 minutes until starting to soften.
  • Step 3

    Add the garlic to the onions and cook for a further 2 minutes. Tip in the paprika and the thyme leaves. Cook for 1 more minute, stirring well to make sure the paprika doesn't burn.
  • Step 4

    Add the beans and enough water so that the beans are almost covered. Pop in the bay leaf. Bring to a gentle simmer and season with salt and pepper. Cook very gently to warm through for 5 minutes.
  • Step 5

    Remove the tomatoes from the oven and stir them into the beans. Leave them to sit and get to know each other while you cook the peppers and fish.
  • Step 6

    Turn your oven up to its highest setting. Place the Padron peppers in a roasting tray. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt (flaked sea salt preferably). Throw them in the oven to roast for 6-8 minutes, until soft and lightly blistered.
  • Step 7

    Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in the frying pan. Season the fish well on all sides with salt and pepper. When the oil is nice and hot, add the fish, skin-side down. Let it cook undisturbed for 3 minutes (see cook's notes). If the fillets are particularly thick, you may need to add an extra 1 minute to the cooking time. Lift the fish. The skin should be a golden brown. Gently flip them over to the flesh side. Cook for 2 more minutes. Finish with a squeeze of lemon.
  • Step 8

    Check the seasoning of the beans and adjust with more salt and pepper, if you think they need it. Divide them between 2 shallow bowls and sit the fish on top, skin-side up. Divide the peppers between the bowls and serve with wedges of the remaining lemon.

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