Leek, tomato & barley risotto with pan-cooked cod


  • 2 tsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 large leek (315g), thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 400g can barley (don’t drain)
  • 2 tsp vegetable bouillon
  • 1 tsp finely chopped sage
  • 1 tbsp thyme leaves, plus a few extra to serve
  • 160g cherry tomatoes
  • 50g finely grated parmesan
  • 2 skin-on cod fillets or firm white fish fillets


  • STEP 1

    Heat 1 tsp oil in a non-stick pan and fry the leek and garlic for 5-10 mins, stirring frequently until softened, adding a splash of water to help it cook if you need to.

  • STEP 2

    Tip in the barley with its liquid, then stir in the bouillon, sage and thyme. Simmer, stirring frequently for 3-4 mins. Add the tomatoes and cook about 4-5 mins more until they soften and start to split, adding a drop more water if necessary. Stir in the parmesan.

  • STEP 3

    Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a non-stick pan and fry the cod, skin-side down, for 4-5 mins. Flip the fillets over to cook briefly on the other side. Spoon the risotto into two bowls. Serve the cod on top with a few thyme leaves, if you like.

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