Eggs Benedict with Smoked Haddock

Recipe Introduction:

Eggs Benedict with Finnan Haddie is a great variation for a special breakfast.  This is another of Rick Stein’s recipes from his brilliant and beautifully illustrated seafood cook book: “Rick Stein’s Seafood”.


Eggs Benedict with Smoked Haddock

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Eggs Benedict with Smoked Haddock


  • (Serves 4)
  • 1/4 quantity of Hollandaise Sauce.
  • 1 lb Finnan Haddie.
  • 10 fl oz milk.
  • 3 bay leafs.
  • 2 slices onion.
  • 6 black peppercorns.
  • 1 tablespoon white whine vinegar.
  • 4 eggs.
  • 2 English muffins.
  • Coarsely crushed black peppercorns and
  • a few chopped chives, to garnish.


  1. Make the hollandaise sauce and keep it warm, off the heat over a pan of warm water. Bring the milk and 10 fl oz of water to boil in a shallow pan. Add the bay leaves, peppercorns, onions and smoked haddock pieces, bring back to simmer and poach for 4 minutes. Lift out the haddock onto a plate, peel off the skin and keep warm.
  2. Bring about 2 inches of water to the boil in a medium sized pan, add the vinegar and reduce to a gentle simmer. Break the eggs into the pan one at a time and poach for 3 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the muffins in half and toast them until lightly browned. Lift the poached eggs out with a slotted spoon and drain briefly on kitchen paper.
  3. To serve, place the mufffin halves on 4 warm plates ad top with the haddock and poached eggs, spoon over the hollandaise sauce and garnish with a sprinkling of crushed black pepper and chopped chives.