900g/2lb haddock fillets, cut into
225ml/8fl oz milk
225ml/8fl oz water
For the white sauce
1 onion, halved
1 bay leaf
pinch of ground white pepper
40g/11⁄2oz plain flour
1–2 tablespoons chopped fresh
salt and freshly ground black pepper
• For the white sauce, combine the milk in a small pan with the onion, bay
leaf and white pepper. Heat slowly to a simmer, then remove from the
heat and allow to stand for 3 minutes before straining into a jug. Melt
the butter in a pan over a low heat, stir in the flour and cook for
1 minute or until pale and foaming.
• Remove from the heat and gradually stir in the milk.
• Return to the heat and stir constantly until the sauce boils and thickens.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and
season with salt and pepper. Stir in the parsley. Keep warm.
• Put the haddock pieces in a large frying pan. Combine the milk with
225ml/8fl oz water. Pour into the pan to cover the haddock. Bring to
the boil, reduce the heat to low and gently cook the fish until it flakes
easily at the thickest part when tested with a fork.
• Lift the haddock out of the pan using a slotted spoon. Drain on kitchen
paper, and place on serving plates. Top with the white sauce, and serve