Cod with broad beans, rhubarb and lemon verbena sauce

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This cod recipe from chef Ollie Templeton sees fillets of the fish lightly steamed and served with a buttery lemon verbena sauce. With fresh broad beans and quick-pickled rhubarb served alongside, it's a beautiful dish to prepare as spring moves into summer. Read more about Ollie and see his other recipes here.

First published in 2019




Verbena sauce

  • 250g of spinach
  • 25g of lemon verbena
  • 312g of butter, softened
  • 312g of white wine

Preserved gooseberries



  • Hand blender


The gooseberries in this dish are packed in salt for 2 weeks and then stored in cider vinegar, so these will need to be prepared well in advance. However, the dish can be served without these if preferred
Combine the cider vinegar, sugar and water in a bowl and add the rhubarb. Set aside to pickle
Brine the fish by dissolving the salt in the warm water. Allow to cool and then add the cod, ensuring it is completely submerged. Leave to brine in the fridge for 1 hour
Make the sauce by pouring the wine into a large saucepan. Bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes to reduce, then add the butter, spinach and lemon verbena. Blend with a hand blender until very smooth then transfer to a bowl set over ice to cool
Place the broad beans into a bamboo steamer set over a pan of simmering water. Cook for 3–5 minutes, then refresh in iced water (leave the steamer over the water for the fish). Remove the beans from their pods and set aside
When ready to serve, remove the fish from the brine and pat dry, cutting it into 4 equal portions weighing 125g. Place in the steamer to cook for a few minutes until just cooked (it should still be slightly translucent). Meanwhile, gently reheat the verbena sauce
Divide the sauce between 4 bowls, then place the portions of fish on top. Add the broad beans alongside with the pickled gooseberries (if using), then finish with the pickled rhubarb

Brought up in Spain, Ollie Templeton moved back to the UK as a teenager to pursue a career as a chef. After cutting his teeth in the kitchen at Moro, he set up Carousel – a restaurant and creative hub in London – along with his brother and cousins, where he both serves his own menu and hosts an ever-changing line-up of guest chefs.

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