Sophie Wright's recipe for her Leek, White Bean & Smoked Haddock Stew

Published Monday, Nov 10 2014, 19:20 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Stew is a staple supper that we always turn to when the temperature drops – it's super comforting and a total winner in the winter months.

TV chef Sophie Wright created this hearty version, which combines leeks, potatoes and haddock, as well as a few exciting spices and herbs. It's ideal for those cold evenings and really easy to whip up.

Sophie Wright's leek, white bean and haddock stew

© British Leek


  • 30g butter
  • 2 leeks, trimmed and sliced thinly into rings
  • 200g potatoes, peeled and cut into 1cm dice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 400ml milk
  • 600ml fish, chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 400g smoked haddock fillet, undyed
  • 30g plain flour
  • 1 x 195g tin of sweetcorn
  • 2 x 400g tins white beans; drained and washed (you can use cannellini, butter or haricot beans)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika


1 Place a medium-sized saucepan or sauté pan on the stove and add the butter. Allow it to melt before adding the leeks and potatoes with a pinch of salt and a generous twist of pepper. Cook for 10 minutes until the leeks are soft.

2 Meanwhile, pour the milk and the stock into another pan with the bay leaf and add the fish. Bring to the boil before removing the fish from the poaching liquor. When cool enough to handle, flake the fish into chunks and remove and discard any skin. Set the cooking liquor aside.

3 Add the flour and the sweetcorn to the leeks and potatoes and stir well. Cook the flour and sweetcorn for a few minutes before adding the hot poaching liquor. Mix well and bring to the boil. Add the drained beans and simmer until the potatoes are tender.

4 Add the flaked fish to the stew and heat through. Taste for seasoning. Stir in the chopped parsley and sprinkle with a little smoked paprika. Serve with crusty white bread.

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes

Nutrition Information

Serves 4

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