James Martin: Battered Pollock, Mushy Pea and Lemon Mayo Baguette Recipe

James Martin: Battered Pollock, Mushy Pea and Lemon Mayo Baguette Recipe

  1. List Of Ingredients
  2. For the mushy peas
  3. 225g dried marrowfat peas
  4. 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  5. 25g unsalted butter
  6. sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  7. For the pollock
  8. 200g plain flour
  9. 15g fresh yeast or 8g fast-action dried yeast
  10. a pinch of caster sugar
  11. a pinch of sea salt
  12. 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  13. 300ml beer
  14. vegetable oil and dripping, for deepfrying
  15. 1kg pollock fillets, skin on, pin-boned and cut into 5cm pieces
  16. For the lemon mayonnaise
  17. 2 egg yolks
  18. 1 teaspoon English mustard
  19. 300ml rapeseed oil
  20. 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  21. To serve
  22. 50g softened unsalted butter
  23. 1 long baguette, split horizontally
  1. Serves 4-6


Soak the peas in a large bowl in three times their volume of water with the bicarbonate of soda, for at least 12 hours, preferably overnight.

Drain the peas, rinse under cold running water, then place on the stove in a large pan and cover with water. Cover and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer the peas for 20–30 minutes, stirring from time to time. They should be soft and mushy in texture, but not too dry. If they are wet, continue cooking them with the lid off to dry them out a little. Beat in the butter and season with salt and pepper.

To make the lemon mayo, place the egg yolks and mustard in a food processor, and blend until pale and creamy. With the motor running, pour in the oil in a slow, steady stream, until the mayonnaise is thick (you may not need all the oil). Mix in the lemon zest and juice, and season to taste.

To cook the pollock, mix the flour, yeast, sugar, salt and vinegar together in a bowl. Add the beer and whisk until the mixture forms a thick batter. Set aside to ferment for about 30 minutes – it is ready to use when the mixture starts to bubble.

Heat a deep-fat fryer to 190C/375F, or heat the oil for deep-frying in a deep heavybased frying pan until a breadcrumb sizzles and turns brown when dropped into it. (CAUTION: Hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.)

Dip each piece of fish into the batter to coat thoroughly. Lower carefully into the fryer and cook one at a time. Fry for 4–6 minutes, until the fish is cooked through and the batter is golden-brown. Scatter the remaining batter into the fat fryer and fry until golden-brown. Drain the fish on kitchen paper and season with salt.

To serve, spread the softened butter along the length of the baguette and top with the mushy peas. Place pieces of pollock all along the mushy peas and drizzle over the lemon mayonnaise. Add the batter scraps, then cover with the top of the baguette and gently press down. Serve in one long piece and carve at the table.

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