One of the first meals I learnt to make was a one pan dinner: an Alison Holst recipe comprising mince, frozen peas, a can of condensed tomato soup and dried pasta. As constantly hungry teenagers, my sister and I made this ‘hearty’ dish repeatedly on our weekly cooking nights until mum could bear it no longer and it was banned from the kitchen. If only I had known about Lois’ own version of a ‘one pan dinner’ to substitute in its place.
Lois’ fish steamed with broccoli is a lovely healthy and fresh-tasting dinner in which everything is cooked together in the same pan. Simple to make, hardly any dishes to do afterwards and, most importantly, it’s really delicious.
Fish steamed with broccoli (Lois Daish, Good Food, p. 24-5)
1 tablespoon olive oil
500gm fresh boneless fillets of firm white fish (I used gurnard)
1 cup of water
1 head broccoli, cut into florets
small bunch of spring onions, sliced
Some, or all of the following ingredients:
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 small carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 small leek, washed and sliced
2 rashers bacon, finely diced
fresh herbs – parsley, thyme, or oregano
freshly ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a heavy based wide saucepan. Add whatever ingredients from the list you have on hand and fry together gently until the mixture softens and takes on a golden tint. Add a cup of cold water and lay the fillets of fish on top. Arrange the broccoli and spring onions over the top, cover with a lid and cook gently for about 5 minutes until the fish is opaque and broccoli is bright green and still crunchy. Serve immediately with boiled potatoes, plain rice or some crusty bread.