How to poach cod

How to poach cod

How to poach cod

Poaching cod is one of the best ways to show off the flaky flesh of this much-loved fish; the gentle cooking technique helps to keep the flesh moist and succulent while also retaining as many of the fish's nutrients as possible.



Pour the milk into a wide-bottomed pan and season with the salt
Place over a low heat and warm the milk to a gentle simmer
Place the cod in the milk and cook for 5–8 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish
Remove the fish from the milk to serve


To tell whether the cod is cooked, run a skewer through the thickest part of the fish – there should be no resistance.

The milk can be used as the base of a delicious, creamy sauce.


Pascal Aussignac coats the cod in a salt then places it in the fridge for 30 minutes before poaching. This firms up the flesh of the flesh, making it less likely to fall apart while poaching. If salting, make sure that you wash the fish thoroughly before poaching.

The milk can be substituted for fish stock, coconut milk, tomato broth or a white wine sauce.