Steamed Citrus Fish with Asparagus and Parsley Potatoes
Steaming is a great way to cook fish to help retain flavour and nutrients. In this recipe, cod or haddock fillets are steamed with asparagus above lemon-infused new potatoes for a deliciously healthy meal.
- 500g small new potatoes, scrubbed
- 1 lemon
- 20g butter
- 2 x 150g fillets cod or haddock
- 4 spring onions, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, plus a few sprigs
- 150g asparagus, trimmed
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Set up the steamer according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Set the timer for 30 minutes and put the potatoes on to steam, flavouring them with a little finely grated zest from the lemon, a small knob of butter and some salt and pepper.
- Put each fish fillet onto a separate piece of baking parchment or foil, large enough to wrap them completely. Share the spring onions between them and grate the remaining lemon zest over the top. Add a knob of butter, some salt and pepper and the sprigs of parsley. Slice a couple of wedges from the lemon and place one on top of each fish fillet. Wrap the paper or foil around the fish to completely enclose the ingredients.
- When the potatoes have been steaming for 20 minutes, put the fish parcels into a separate steamer compartment above them. Continue to steam for 5 minutes, then add the asparagus to the top compartment to steam for 4-5 more minutes.
- Unwrap the fish and serve with the cooking juices from the parcels. Share the asparagus and new potatoes between the plates and sprinkle with chopped parsley and a little freshly ground black pepper.
Frozen fish fillets also work well in this recipe – just allow 15 minutes’ steaming time instead of 10.
You can use classic stacked steamer pans on the hob to make this recipe – just use a separate timer.