Cod’s Tongues with Smoked Pork Belly

Preparation info
  • Serves


    as a starter
    • Difficulty


Appears in
British Seasonal Food

By Mark Hix

Published 2008

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Ok, the idea of eating cod’s tongues might not appeal to everyone, but they have a delicious gelatinous quality about them, and can take on bold flavours, like smoked pork belly If you’re unable to find smoked belly, then buy a piece of smoked bacon instead.


  • 200-250 g smoked pork belly or smoked bacon, in one piece
  • a couple of good knobs of butter


Cut the pork belly roughly into 1 cm chunks. Heat half of the butter in a pan and gently cook the onion, garlic and pork belly for 3-4 minutes, turning every so often. Dust with the flour, stir well, then gradually stir in the wine and fish stock. Simmer gently for about 45 minutes.

Season the cod’s tongues lightly with salt and pepper. Heat the rest of the butter in a frying pan and fr