Fresh Plaice with Leek and Bacon Sauce (bonus video!)

Here is the link to this recipes video!

So finally I get new video software and I am finally able to patch together the video Alyssa and I made whilst we were in Hastings which seems like forever ago. This may seem a bit involved but like I say in the video you can of course get your fish monger to cut the fillets of of the plaice for you. If you can’t get plaice then the recipe will work great with cod as well. I would highly recommend seeing the whole fish before buying to check for quality.

Have fun with it and enjoy!


Makes 2 main courses or 4 starters


1 Large Plaice/Flat fish or about 6oz of fish for main course or 3-4 oz per person for a starter

2 leeks, cleaned and dark green parts removed

1-2 Onions (depending on your taste), fairly rough small dice

3-4 cloves of garlic, finely sliced

6 slices of good smoked bacon, cut in lardons (about 1/4 inch pieces)

1/2 Bottle of dry white wine

about 200ml crème fraiche or heavy cream (not half and half!)

4 oz freshly shelled English peas (or good quality frozen if you must)

3 oz good, unsalted butter for the potatoes

8-12 oz (depending on if it is for a main or starter) Jersey royals/fingerling/baby ‘c ‘ red  potatoes

2tbs fresh chopped tarragon-optional

1 lemon


Pre-heat the oven to 180 C/350 F

cutting plaiceIf you haven’t purchased the fish already filleted then follow the video for how to fillet the fish, take your time and make sure that you have SHARP, non-serrated knives.

Get a large saucepan on a fairly high heat and once it is hot, add the bacon. Cook the bacon for about 5 minutes until the fat is released. Whilst you are waiting for the bacon, place the potatoes into a saucepan and add enough cold water to cover the potatoes by about an inch, add about a teaspoon of salt and throw it onto the heat, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, cook until tender enough to crush, the time will depend on the type of spud you picked.

Place the fish into a deep baking dish and brush liberally with the rendered bacon fat.plaice in baking dish

Add the leeks, onion and garlic to the bacon pan and stir well. Cook for 4-5 minutes over a medium/high heat stirring every other minute.

Add the wine and simmer until the wine is reduced by at least 1/2 or better still, 2/3rds….this will take up to 10 minutes.

Add the peas and stir well,cook for a couple of minutes, meanwhile, put the fish into the oven and strain the potatoes.

Add the butter to the potatoes and crush roughly, season to taste and keep warm

putting plaice in dish



Stir the crème fraiche/cream into the bacon sauce and simmer quickly, note that if you are using cream and not crème fraiche then you will  have to cook the sauce for about 3 minutes just to reduce the liquid content.

Add the tarragon if using.

Adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice

Plate the dish however you desire and enjoy with a nice glass of chilled white wine.

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