Fish Pie

Fish Pie Recipe 

©photo provided

Fish Pie Recipe

Fish Pie Recipe 

©photo provided

Makes six individual pies 

Fish pie sauce:

Ingredients

3
tablespoon
olive oil
3
onions, finely sliced
2
clove
garlic, finely sliced
1
large head of fennel, cored and finely sliced
5
prawn heads (the prawns themselves go into the filiing)
180
ml
white wine
300
g
peeled potatoes, sliced
625
ml
chicken stock
185
ml
double cream
salt and freshly ground pepper
  • In a large, heavy-based pan, gently cook the onions, garlic and fennel in olive oil until soft. 
  • Add the prawn heads to the saucepan and cook until they turn pink. 
  • Raise the heat, deglaze the pan with the white wine and simmer the wine until it is almost totally reduced. 
  • Add the potatoes and chicken stock and simmer gently until the potatoes are soft and the stock is reduced by two-thirds. 
  • Add the cream and bring the mixture to the boil. 
  • Remove the prawn heads before pureeing the sauce in a blender until smooth. 
  • Strain the sauce and season to taste with salt and a little pepper. 

Fish pie filling:

Ingredients

300
g
skinned ocean trout fillets, cut into large pieces
6
raw large tiger prawns, peeled and halved (heads go into the sauce ingredients)
950
g
skinned flathead or rock ling fillet, cut into large pieces
12
large sorrel leaves, torn
6
tablespoon
chopped dill
zest of 1 lemon
3
tablespoon
chopped capers
fish pie sauce (recipe above)
puff pastry, enough to cover your pie forms
1
egg, beaten

The filling components for the pie can be as many or as varied as you wish. This is what we use at the Builders Arms.  

  • Preheat oven to 190ºC. 
  • First, cut shapes out of the puff pastry to top the pies with. You can use one of the pie dishes as a template. Just be sure to cut the pastry about one centimetre wider, all around, than the edge of the bowl. 
  • Divide the fish, seafood, herbs, zest and capers between six deep pie dishes and spoon about 200 ml of the fish pie sauce into each bowl. Give it a little stir to distribute the sauce around the fish. 
  • Dampen the edges of the bowls with a little water and place a disc of pastry over the top. Press the pastry lightly onto the rim of the bowl and brush with a little beaten egg. Pierce a couple of holes in the top of the pie to let the steam escape.  
  • Bake for about 20 minutes until cooked through and golden.