Fish pie

Pour la recette en français…c’est en bas!

I first tried the fish pie when I went to England…I had never heard of it before. And I must say, it’s become one of my favourites! For those of you who don’t know what it is, basically it is a little bit like a cottage pie but…with fish! The good thing about this dish is that you can do it in advance and put it all in the oven when you are ready – perfect when you have friends coming round and want to enjoy being with them instead of being in the kitchen all the time. For this recipe, I’ve used salmon and plaice as I’m quite fussy with fish and I hate bones. But you could also use cod, haddock or even shrimps. I’ve tried a few times to do it but I must say, my lovely mother-in-law still does it much better…I’m trying hard to be as good as her! 😉 Here goes the recipe…try it, you’ll be surprised!

Serves 4-5

Total time : 1h15-1h30

* What you need : a shallow ovenproof dish, a pan

Ingredients :

For the first layer (the fish)

  • a good knob of butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 heaped tbsp flour
  • 300 ml milk
  • a good pinch of salt and pepper
  • 3-4 gherkins (medium size), chopped
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 150-170 g salmon (without skin), cut into 1 cm pieces
  • 150-170 g plaice, cut into 1 cm pieces
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, sliced

For the topping

  • 600-700 g potatoes
  • a good splash of milk
  • a good knob of butter
  • salt and pepper
  • nutmeg, onion powder, garlic powder
  • grated cheese such as cheddar or gruyère (optional)

Method :

1. Grease a shallow ovenproof dish with a bit of butter. In a pan, put the knob of butter and fry the onion in it. Let the onions soften a bit. Sieve the flour and mix until it looks quite “dry”. Add the milk gradually and keep stirring. You should have quite a thick sauce at the end (it should look a bit like cheese sauce…but without the cheese! 😉 ) Season with salt and pepper and add the lemon juice.


2. At that point put the fish in the sauce and cook only for a couple of minutes until the fish is just cooked. Don’t go too crazy with the mixing or you will end with crumbles instead of pieces of fish. To finish, add the gherkins and the capers and mix it all together. Pour the sauce in your dish and top it with the slices of eggs. Leave on the side to cool a bit.


3. Preheat your oven to 200°C. Peel your potatoes and boil until they are tender. Get rid of the water and return to the pan. Add a bit of milk and a good knob of butter. Mash the potatoes until nice and smooth. Don’t hesitate to add more milk if it is not smooth enough. Season your mash with salt, pepper, nutmeg, onion powder and garlic powder. Spread the mash on top of your fish sauce and score with a fork. Make sure the fish sauce is cool before you put the potato. Alternatively, you could put the mash in a piping bag and decorate your dish. If you wish, top with grated cheese.


4. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Tuck in!



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