Cod with Spicy Lentils


  • 1 tbsp olive oil, divided

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 celery stalks, chopped

  • 2 leeks, chopped

  • 1 red chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped

  • 1 cup lentils, rinsed and drained

  • 4 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 sprig fresh thyme

  • 1 bay leaf

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

  • 4 skinless cod fillets or cod steaks

  • Salt and pepper



  • 1. Preheat broiler. Heat half of olive oil in pot, add onion, celery, leeks and chili pepper; cook 2 minutes. Stir in lentils. Add vegetable broth, thyme and bay leaf: bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer until lentils are tender, 20 minutes. If lentils have not absorbed all broth, drain.

  • 2. Meanwhile, mix remaining oil, lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Lay cod on broiler pan, skinned side up, season lightly and brush with oil mixture. Broil until fish will flake easily, 6 to 7 minutes. There is no need to turn fish over.

  • 3. Spread lentils on warmed serving dish and arrange pieces of cod on top. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

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