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Friday, 4 January 2013

Recipe of the Week: Fish Pie

As I decided to cook a recipe on a day when we had six people for dinner, I wanted to cook something relatively cheap and easy. I opted for a fish pie as it is something I have never cooked before but always wanted to try but it is also similar to shepherds pie which I cook often.

I was happy with how my pie turned out, and everyone said how nice it was so it is something I will definitely be cooking again!

I found the recipe in Sainsbury's Classic Recipe Book but altered it a little. If you would like to make the fish pie I made, the recipe is below. Happy cooking!

Serves: 6
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 1 hour


400 ml whole milk
1 medium onion, peeled, chopped and fried lightly
1 leek, chopped
crushed peppercorns
2 kg maris piper potatoes, peeled and chopped
30 ml semi skimmed milk
35g unsalted butter
25g plain flour
2 tablespoons double cream
5 frozen salmon portions
dried chopped parsley

I served with Broccoli


1. Preheat the oven to 180C (fan), gas mark 5. Once heated, place the frozen salmon into lightly oiled foil and wrap into parcels. Place on baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes.

2. Pour the whole milk into a pan. Add the onion, leek and peppercorns and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and leave to infuse for 15 minutes. Strain the milk into a jug, put the onion and leek into a baking tray.

3. Meanwhile, place the potatoes in a pan of water. Once brought to the boil, leave to simmer for 15 minutes, until tender. Drain and mash with 10g of butter and the skimmed milk. In the meantime, bring another pan of water to the boil and add the broccoli. Cook until soft.

4. Melt the remaining 25g butter in a pan, then stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and gradually add the infused milk, stirring well between each addition. Return to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring. Stir in the cream and season to taste with black pepper and salt.

5. Unwrap the fish and place in the baking tray with the chopped leek and onions, chop into small pieces and mix well. Layer on the sauce and liberally sprinkle with parsley.

6. Cover the mixture with mash, spread evenly and place baking tray into the oven until the top is slightly browned (takes around 15 minutes).

Each serving: approx 438 calories, 22.6g fat, 9.7g saturated fat, 4.4g sugars, 1.8g salt



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