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Smoked haddock rarebit recipe

Smoked haddock rarebit recipe

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Try a new take on traditional Welsh rarebit with flaky smoked haddock and tender baby spinach. A dollop of mustard and dash of Worcestershire sauce gives a wonderfully rich cheese sauce, which is spooned over crisp toast layered with wilted spinach and smoked haddock, before grilling until golden. Serve with a zesty orange and watercress salad for an easy dinner that's ready in 35 minutes. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 15 mins to prepare and 20 mins to cook
  • 432 calories / serving


  • 360g pack frozen smoked haddock fillets, defrosted
  • 125g baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce, or to taste
  • 200g 30% reduced-fat medium cheese, grated
  • 4 slices of bread
  • 1 egg yolk

For the salad

  • 80g bag watercress, spinach and rocket
  • 2 oranges, peeled, each cut into 6 slices
  • extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
If you don't have smoked haddock, try using another smoked fish

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    19g 26%
  • Saturates

    9g 44%
  • Sugars

    9g 10%
  • Salt

    3g 50%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 32.4g Protein 34.2g Fibre 2.8g


  1. Preheat the grill to high. Put the haddock on a baking sheet and grill for 18 mins until opaque and cooked through. Cover, set aside and keep warm. Put the spinach in a colander and pour over boiling water to wilt. Use the back of a spoon to press out excess liquid, then set aside.
  2. In a nonstick saucepan, mix the mustard, flour and 2 tsp milk into a paste. Pour in the rest of the milk and the Worcestershire sauce and cook over a low heat, stirring, for 1 min. Tip in the cheese and stir until melted, taking care not to let the mixture boil. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool a little.
  3. Lightly toast the bread on both sides and place on a baking sheet. Divide the spinach between the toasts and top each with a piece of haddock. Beat the egg yolk into the warm cheese mixture and spoon over the haddock. Grill for 2-3 mins until golden and bubbling. Divide the watercress salad and orange slices between 4 plates and serve with the haddock rarebit, with a little oil drizzled over the salad to serve.

Tip: Swap the milk for beer or cider to give your rarebit a richer taste.

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