Feel Good

Rebel restaurant’s cod and asparagus

Heaton’s newest fine dining restaurant shares their Michelin Guide-approved recipe that’s a perfect summer serve.

Written by High Life North
Published 01.07.2023


2 skinless cod fillets (160-200g each)

400ml cream

400ml white wine

1 pack fresh mussels (500g)

1 pack asparagus

2 banana shallots

4 cloves garlic

veg oil

50g butter

1⁄2 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Optional… if you want to take this to the next level blitz fresh dill and vegetable oil in a high-powered blender to make your own dill oil! Finish the dish with a drizzle of this once plated!



Place your mussels in a bowl and run them under the cold tap to remove any grit. Pick through your mussels removing any beard (tuft sticking out of mussel).

Take a medium-sized saucepan on high heat and leave it to get hot. Add 100ml of white wine and add your pack of cleaned mussels. Place the lid on and leave for 90 seconds to steam in the wine.

Get a sieve ready. Pour the contents of the pan through the sieve. Remember to save the liquid in the bowl!

Finely dice your shallots and garlic. Take another medium-sized saucepan on low-medium heat and add 1 tbsp of veg oil. Add your shallots and garlic and a pinch of salt and cook on a low heat until the shallot goes translucent. Add the remaining 300ml of white wine to the pan and reduce until it’s become syrupy.

Add the liquid you saved from the steamed mussels and cream to the pan, along with the Dijon mustard. Leave this on a low to medium heat to slowly reduce.

Reusing one of your medium-sized pans, fill it with water and place the steamer attachment over and bring this to the boil. Remember to line your steamer with greaseproof paper!

Cut the bottom inch from the asparagus. Then, place both cod fillets and asparagus into your steamer and season with a pinch of salt. Place a lid on the steamer and cook for 2 minutes before removing the asparagus. Leave the cod to steam for a further 4 minutes.

Time to serve! Place the asparagus in your serving bowl, pour the sauce into the bowl and place the steamed cod fillet on top of the asparagus. Add in your cooked mussels, and you’re ready to enjoy!

HLN TOP TIP: Want to know more about rebel? We go inside Heaton’s newest fine dining restaurant that’s already made it to the Michelin Guide


Recipe credit: rebel Restaurant

Other stories by High Life North
Period cycle syncing

Everyone’s talking about period cycle syncing – but what is it?

High Life North
Embarrassing sex stories

North East women share their embarrassing sex stories

High Life North

The Valentine’s Vibrator Edit

High Life North

Attention runners – the ballot is open for this year’s Blaydon Race 2024…

High Life North

Six Valentine’s (or Galentine’s) dates to make you and your loved one feel good

High Life North
Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year 2024! Here’s what the Year of the Wood Dragon means for you…

High Life North