Hankering for a Hearty Soup? Jane Mason’s recipe for Celeriac & Potato Soup with Smoked Haddock


Celeriac & Potato Soup with Smoked Haddock

Meal type Celeriac, Haddock, Potato
Season Fall, Spring, Winter


  • 1 big piece of smoked haddock

  • 16 fluid oz milk

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 6 pepper corns

  • 1 big celeriac (peeled and chopped)

  • 4 big potatoes (peeled and chopped)

  • 1 big onion (peeled and chopped)

  • Knob of butter

  • Some vegetable stock 

  • Parsley or chives to garnish


1 Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F)
2 Put the fish, skin side up in a deep baking dish and pour the milk over it.
3 Add the bay leaf and the pepper corns and put it in the oven for 30 minutes
Remove it from the oven, remove the fish from the milk and let it cool. Strain the milk into a bowl and reserve.
4 When the fish is cool, peel the skin off, flake the fish and remove any bones. Reserve.
5 Melt the butter in a heavy bottomed pan with a lid and put in the onions. Cover and sweat on low heat for 10 minutes.
6 Add the chopped celeriac, potatoes and put in just enough vegetable stock to be able to cook the potatoes thoroughly. Do this with the lid on. The celeriac is very watery so you don’t need to add too much water. Don’t let the pan go dry – top up with more vegetable stock if you need to.
7 When the potatoes are cooked blend the soup with a hand blender to the consistency of your choice. Add the milk and the fish and just heat through. Don’t boil at this stage.
8 Serve in warm bowls garnished with chives.
9 Eat with crusty brown bread and butter.

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