‘A Dish From Dean’ – Cod cheek, Chorizo and buttered Samphire

By ELEANOR MCGILLIE 14 October, 2018

In this week’s ‘A Dish From Dean’ Australian chef Dean Coppard shares with us this simple and easy to prepare take on a fish supper. So, enjoy this Cod Cheek, Chorizo and Buttered Samphire. 

We are well and truly into autumn and our focus on our ingredients continues to shift so this week Chef Dean Coppard shows us how to make this simple and easy to prepare take on a fish supper which is perfect for the colder autumn and winter evenings.

The beauty about this dish too is that you can it can turn it into a stew a stew by adding white beans and some fish stock.

However, in Dean’s recipe he uses samphire which is a type of seaweed that looks similar to a baby asparagus. It gives the dish crunch and added texture.

So here’s what you need;


1 kg of cod cheeks

400g of chopped cooking chorizo

250g of butter

1 small white onion finely diced

200ml of whipping cream

100ml of white wine

200g of samphire

'A Dish From Dean' - Cod cheek, Chorizo and buttered Samphire


In a large non stick pan, place 200g of butter in with the onions. Once the onions start to colour, add the chorizo and the wine. The paprika, a spice from the chorizo, should start to infuse with the onions, add the cod cheeks, as they start to cook turn them pour in the cream and allow to reduce. Cook the samphire separately in a pan by browning the remaining butter and then toss the samphire until just cooked. Once the cream and wine sauce has reduced by half spoon the cod cheeks and chorizo into a bowl. Pour over the remaining sauce and top with the samphire and enjoy.




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About Eleanor McGillie

Eleanor spent eight years working in the south west of England - one of the UK's most popular tourism hotspots. During her stint working with key players in the tourism sector she developed a love for all things outdoor adventure. As a journalist she got to travel to remote corners of the world to write travel features about the experiences of a particular place. Northern Ireland's story needs to be told and needs to reach new audiences. Live It Experience It aims to attract tourists from outside Ireland, people from Ireland and people who live in Northern Ireland but aren't aware of the extent of the adventures on our own doorsteps. Eleanor is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) at Associate Level