Braised Squid with Skrei Cod Loin Recipe

1 hour 30 minutes


Pan-fried Skrei

  • 4 Skrei loin fillets
  • 30g of unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Cannellini beans

  • 100g of cannellini beans, dried (or tinned if short on time)
  • 1 shallot, quartered
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • 500ml of chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil

Braised squid

  • 200g of squid, including tentacles (optional) cleaned and sliced into rings
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 200g of cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tsp tomato purée
  • 125ml of white wine
  • 60g of unsalted butter
  • 1 bunch of flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • sea salt
  • black pepper

To serve

  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges


The day before serving, place the dried cannellini beans in a bowl, cover with water and soak overnight
To prepare the cannellini beans, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a small saucepan and add the shallot, garlic and the sprigs of rosemary and thyme. Fry over a low heat for 5 minutes
Drain the beans and add to the pan along with the chicken stock. Bring to the boil, turn the heat down and simmer very gently for about an hour until the beans are soft but still intact. The stock should have almost evaporated by the time the beans are cooked. Remove the onion and herbs, drain any remaining liquid and set aside
For the braised squid, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium saucepan and add the shallots. Fry over a low heat for 8 minutes. Add the squid rings and tentacles, garlic, cherry tomatoes, smoked paprika and tomato purée and cook for 3 minutes
Add the white wine and reduce by half before adding the beans. Stir and keep on a very low heat while you cook the fish
To prepare the Skrei, heat a non-stick frying pan and add the olive oil. Season the Skrei fillets with salt and pepper and add to the pan, skin-side down. Cook on a low heat for 5 minutes, turn the fillets and add the butter to the pan. Cook the fish for a further 4 minutes, basting with the butter from time to time
When ready to serve, stir the chopped parsley and 30g of unsalted butter through the squid and beans. Season with salt and pepper
Divide the beans and squid between plates or bowls and top with the Skrei fillets. Add a squeeze of lemon and serve immediately