Baked Fish with Tomatoes and Tasty Breadcrumbs

Baked fish and tomatoes with tasty breadcrumbs

 

A simple fish dish, cooked on a bed of rice with buttery garlic and onion sautéed breadcrumbs.

 

Baked Fish with Tomatoes and Tasty Breadcrumbs
Prepares: 4 servings (picture shows 2)
 
  • Preparation time: 35–45 minutes
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes (oven)

  • Ingredients
  • ¾ cup rice
  • 4 x 140g (5 oz) white fish fillets, skinned (e.g. haddock)
  • fresh or dried thyme
  • ground black pepper
  • 60ml (2 fl oz) white wine (¼ cup)
  • 4 small tomatoes
  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 55g (2 oz) butter (¼ cup, or ½ stick)
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs (about 2 slices of bread)
  • 7g (¼ oz) fresh parsley, finely chopped (should yield about ¼ cup)
  • ½ lemon

  • To serve
  • seasonal vegetables

  • You will also need an ovenproof dish, greased. It should be large enough to lay the fish in a single layer.


  1. Method
  2. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) gas 4

  3. Bring rice to the boil in 360ml (12 fl oz) (1½ cups) of lightly salted water. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. For brown rice simmer for 15 minutes and for white rice simmer for 5 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, remove the skin from the tomatoes. Put them in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Then leave for one minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and gently peel away the skin. (It should come away very easily.) Set aside.

  5. Lightly season the fish with thyme and pepper.

  6. Once the rice has finished simmering for the appropriate time, spread the rice and the remaining water from the pan in the ovenproof dish. (It will not be fully cooked at this point.) Then lay the fish on top of the rice in a single layer and pour over the wine. Slice the tomatoes and arrange on top.

  7. Now melt the butter in a frying pan/skillet, add the onion and garlic and cook over a low heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Mix in the breadcrumbs and parsley, then scatter over the tomatoes.

  8. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 15 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for a further 10 minutes until the fish is cooked through and the topping is golden brown.

  9. Cut the lemon into four slices and use to garnish.

Updated: September 18, 2018

Gratin of Sole with Broccoli

Gratin of Sole with Broccoli

 

A tasty way of serving fish that is quick to prepare and just right for a summer supper. A thick fillet of sole is grilled/broiled smothered in tiny broccoli florets and a cheesy sauce until the sauce is bubbling and golden.

 

Gratin of Sole with Broccoli
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 35 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 170g (6 oz) broccoli florets (a medium head of broccoli)
  • 40g (1½ oz) butter (3 tbsp, or ⅜ stick)
  • 40g (1½ oz) flour (¼ cup)
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) milk (1¼ cups)
  • 115g (4 oz) cheese, grated (1 cup)
  • 4 large sole fillets, each weighing about 170g (6 oz)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • butter for greasing
  • 28g (1 oz) Parmesan, grated (¼ cup)
  • cayenne pepper

  • Serving suggestion
  • Baby new potatoes

  • You will also need a vegetable steamer and a large baking tray/sheet.


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the grill/broiler to high.

  3. Cut the broccoli florets from the head of the broccoli and then trim and discard the stems. Separate into 1cm (½ inch) chunks and then steam for about 2 minutes until just tender. Remove the steamer from the pan and set to one side.

  4. Now melt the butter in a small pan and then add the flour and stir until smooth. Let this cook gently over a low heat for 1–2 minutes, until it starts to bubble.

  5. Meanwhile, heat the milk in the microwave for 1 minute, which will make it easier to blend into the roux. Remove the pan from the heat and gradually add the milk, stirring continuously until there is a smooth sauce. Return to the heat, bring the sauce to the boil and stir until it has thickened.

  6. Now remove from the heat and vigorously stir in the cheese until it has melted and blended into the sauce. (Just use the heat of the sauce to melt the cheese. Don’t put the pan over heat on the stove as this will make the cheese go oily.) Set to one side.

  7. Season the fish and then sprinkle over the lemon juice.

  8. Grease the baking tray/sheet and place under the grill/broiler for 1 minute to heat up.

  9. Now lay the fish on the tray/sheet in a single layer. They will sizzle as they touch the hot baking tray/sheet.

  10. With the grill/broiler rack 7.5cm (3 inches) from the heat, cook the fish for just 3 minutes and then remove.

  11. Carefully spoon the broccoli into the cheese sauce to evenly distribute the florets. Now spoon this over the fish and then sprinkle the grated Parmesan on top.

  12. Put the fish back under the grill/broiler and cook for a further 4 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling and beginning to turn golden.

  13. Sprinkle a pinch of cayenne pepper over each piece of fish and serve immediately.

Updated September 11, 2018

Fillets of Sole in Parmesan Breadcrumbs

Fillets of Sole in Parmesan Breadcrumbs

 

Fillets of sole are covered in a breadcrumb mix with Parmesan cheese, cayenne pepper and parsley and then gently fried for just a few minutes. They are served with a herb mayonnaise.

 

Fillets of Sole in Parmesan Breadcrumbs
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 25 minutes
  • Cooking time: 12 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • For the sole
  • 85g (3 oz) fresh white breadcrumbs (1¾ cups)
  • 28g (1 oz) Parmesan, finely grated (¼ cup)
  • 4 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 55g (2 oz) flour (⅓ cup + 1 tbsp)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • sole fillets (8 small fillets about 85g (3 oz) each, or 4 large about 140g (5 oz )each)*
  • 2 tbsp oil (not olive oil)
  • lemon wedges to garnish

  • *If sole is out of season, turbot works really well with this recipe.

  • For the herb mayonnaise
  • 6 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh chervil or basil, chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • To serve
  • a soft green salad

  • You will also need a large frying pan/skillet.


  1. Method
  2. For the herb mayonnaise
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, lemon juice, and herbs. Season. Cover and chill.

  4. For the sole
  5. Put a plate in the oven to warm.

  6. Mix the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, parsley, and cayenne pepper. Then spread out on a plate.

  7. Pour the beaten egg into a shallow dish.

  8. Season the flour lightly and spread out on a second plate.

  9. Pat dry the sole fillets and then coat in the flour, dip in the egg and finally coat with the breadcrumbs. Put them on a clean plate as you go.

  10. You will probably need to fry the fillets in two batches. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in the pan and then add half the fillets. Fry gently for 2–3 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets. When golden and crisp on the underside, turn and fry for a further 2–3 minutes. Remove from the pan and lay on a piece of kitchen paper to absorb any oil, then transfer to the warmed plate and return to the oven.

  11. Now heat the remaining oil in the pan, then fry the second batch of fillets.

  12. Serve garnished with lemon wedges and herb mayonnaise.

Updated: August 19, 2018

Poached Salmon with a Herb Sauce

Poached Salmon with a Herb Sauce

 

For that added special touch, this lovely creamy herb sauce of parsley, chives and tarragon covers these simply cooked poached salmon fillets.

 

Poached Salmon with a Herb Sauce
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • a few peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp tarragon vinegar
  • 3 eggs, large (U.K.)/extra large (N.A.), yolks only
  • 170g (6 oz) butter, cut into small cubes (¾ cup, or ½ stick)
  • 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chives, chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • To serve
  • baby potatoes and green beans

  • You will also need a large shallow frying pan/skillet with lid


  1. Method
  2. Lay the salmon fillets side by side in the shallow pan/skillet along with the bay leaf and peppercorns. Cut four slices from the lemon and add them to the pan. Cover the salmon with cold water and add the lid. Now bring the water to a boil then remove the pan/skillet from the heat and leave for 5 minutes to finish cooking the salmon.

  3. Meanwhile, squeeze 1 tablespoon juice from the rest of the lemon and add it to a small pan along with the vinegar. Bring to a boil, then let it bubble rapidly over a medium heat until it has reduced by half. It will reduce very quickly so you need to watch it. Put to one side to cool a little while bringing a little water to a gentle simmer in another pan.

  4. Whisk together the egg yolks in a bowl that will fit over the pan of simmering water and then add the cooled vinegar and lemon juice. Place the bowl over the pan and add the butter, one cube at a time, whisking until it has melted. Continue whisking until all the butter has been added and the sauce has thickened.

  5. Remove the bowl immediately from the heat, stir in the herbs and season.

  6. Using a fish slice, drain the salmon fillets and put them on serving plates and then pour the sauce over each fillet.

Updated: August 17, 2018

Summer Cod with Cheese and Tomato

Summer is in full swing now. Lots of very hot, sunny days and being a summer person this is definitely my time of year. However, Shandy, our labrador, does not agree with me – he finds it just too hot. Even choosing the woods to take him for a walk, where the umbrella of the trees definitely cuts out the blazing heat of the sun, only gives a little respite. For him it’s indoors lying in a cool spot with the air conditioner turned on!

There is invariably something to see on our walks and we were surprised by a young deer with its mother wandering through the trees. They are so elegant and much larger than the muntjac deer we were used to seeing in Oxfordshire.

All that aside, the time I choose to be in the kitchen is less during the summer months and the following recipe is one from my summer collection. There was some lovely wild cod at the fish counter which is very rarely available, so I just had to buy some. It was thick and the flesh was, oh so white. I used it for this recipe. We really enjoyed it and hope you will want to try it too.

 

Summer Cod with Cheese and Tomato

 

A very tasty way to serve cod that is super quick to prepare and cook.

Sun-dried tomato and butter are spread on the cod before topping with the cheese and plum tomato slices. It is then simply grilled/broiled and served with the buttery sauce, peas, green salad and crusty bread. A complete meal in no time.

 

Summer Cod with Cheese and Tomato
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 12–17 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 600g (1 lb 6 oz) cod, skinned and cut into four
  • 28g (1 oz) butter (2 tbsp, or ¼ stick)
  • 2 tbsp sun-dried tomato paste
  • 8 slices mature Cheddar cheese
  • 2 plum tomatoes, sliced into 8
  • 115g (4 oz) frozen peas (1 cup)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • To serve
  • Crusty bread and a green salad

  • You will also need a heat-resistant dish that is large enough to lay the 4 pieces of cod in a single layer.


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the grill/broiler. You don’t want the heat too hot or the dish too close to the source of the heat.

  3. Now lay the fish in a single layer in the dish. Spread the tomato paste over the fish and then dot with the butter. Next place two pieces of cheese over each piece of fish and top with the sliced tomatoes.

  4. Grill/broil until the fish is cooked through. This should take about 10–15 minutes depending on the heat of your grill/broiler.

  5. Increase the heat to high for a further two minutes until the tomatoes are just starting to brown.

  6. Meanwhile, cook the peas. This will take just 2 minutes in a microwave.

  7. Serve the fish with all the buttery juices and the peas spooned round the fish. Season.

  8. Serve with a green salad and some crusty bread.

Updated: August 5, 2018

Stuffed Sole

Stuffed Sole

 

Sole fillets are a delicate fish and here they are cooked with a cream cheese, parsley and lemon stuffing, which adds to the flavour of the fish without overpowering it. Cooks in just 20 minutes for a delicious meal.

 

Stuffed Sole
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes (oven)

  • Ingredients
  • 8 sole fillets, about 140g (5 oz each)
  • 55g (2 oz) cream cheese, softened (¼ cup)
  • ½ cup fresh breadcrumbs (1 slice bread with crusts)
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1½ lemons
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • paprika

  • You will also need an ovenproof dish large enough to take 4 fillets in a single layer, lightly greased.


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) (gas 6)

  3. Zest half a lemon and set aside.

  4. Tip the breadcrumbs into a large frying pan/skillet and, over a medium heat, toast them until quite crispy, about 5 minutes. Shake the pan often to turn the crumbs.

  5. Now tip the breadcrumbs into a large bowl and add the cream cheese, 2 tablespoons of the chopped parsley, black pepper, and the juice of the whole lemon. Mix to combine.

  6. Place four of the fillets in the ovenproof dish in a single layer. Spread the filling over the four fillets then top with the four remaining fillets.

  7. Squeeze the juice of the half lemon over the fish and then sprinkle a little paprika and the lemon zest on top.

  8. Bake, uncovered, in the oven for 20 minutes, until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

  9. Garnish with the remaining parsley.

  10. Serve with asparagus when in season. It is delicious with this dish as it complements the delicacy of the sole. Serve with whole green beans/haricot beans at other times.

  11. Note
  12. This dish can also be microwaved, covered, on high for 8 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes before serving.

Updated April 28, 2018

Fish Pie Florentine

Fish Pie Florentine

 

A fish pie made with chunks of white fish and salmon in a zesty cream sauce, with baby spinach and egg, topped with mashed potato sprinkled with cheese.

 

Fish Pie Florentine
Prepares: 6 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 50 minutes
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes

  • Instructions
  • 1kg (2 lb 4 oz) potatoes (about 7), cut into chunks
  • 85g (3 oz) butter (⅜ cup, or ¾ stick)
  • 55g (2 oz) flour (⅓ cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 420ml (14 fl oz) milk (1¾ cups), plus extra for creaming the potatoes
  • 60ml (2 fl oz) white wine (¼ cup)
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • nutmeg
  • 450g (1 lb) white fish fillet (e.g. haddock), skinned
  • 450g (1 lb) salmon fillet, skinned
  • 55g (2 oz) baby-leaf spinach
  • 3 eggs
  • 115g (4 oz) Cheddar cheese, grated/shredded (1 cup)


  • To serve
  • petit pois

  • You will also need a large ovenproof dish.


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) (gas 6)

  3. Put the potatoes in a large pan of cold salted water, bring to the boil, and cook for 20 minutes, until tender.

  4. Add the eggs during the last 10 minutes (saves on another pan!). Once the eggs are ready, remove from the pan and run them under cold water. (This will prevent a dark rim forming round the yolk while they are cooling.)

  5. Drain and mash the potatoes with 28g (1 oz) (⅛ cup, or ¼ stick) of the butter and a little milk, until creamy. Set aside.

  6. Next, melt the rest of the butter in a pan and, once foaming, tip the pan and quickly add the flour. Stir to form a smooth paste and cook over a low heat for 2 minutes. Warm the milk (a microwave makes this quick) and gradually stir into the roux until smooth. Stir in the wine. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat and gently cook for 5–10 minutes until the sauce is very thick, stirring constantly. (The sauce needs to be very thick because once the fish is added and cooks in the sauce, its juices will thin it.) Add the lemon juice, salt and pepper and a good grating of nutmeg.

  7. Now cut the fish into bite-sized chunks and mix into the sauce with the spinach. Spoon into the ovenproof dish.

  8. Peel the eggs, carefully cut into quarters and scatter them evenly over the top of the fish.

  9. Cover with the mashed potato and sprinkle with the cheese.

  10. Cover the dish with foil and cook in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove the foil then cook for a further 10–15 minutes until the top is golden and the sauce is bubbling around the edges.

  11. Serve with petit pois.

Updated: April 14, 2018

Luxury Fish Pie

Luxury Fish Pie

 

A buttery puff pastry makes this luxury fish pie a delicious alternative to a traditional potato topping. The salmon and prawns/shrimp are in a creamy sauce with sweetcorn and mushrooms.

 

Luxury Fish Pie
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 40 minutes
  • Standing time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 450ml (15 fl oz) milk (2 cups)
  • 450g (1 lb) salmon, skinned
  • 170g (6 oz) tiger prawns/shrimp
  • 170g (6 oz) frozen sweetcorn (or canned) (1 cup)
  • 55g (2 oz) butter (¼ cup, or ½ stick)
  • 55g (2 oz) flour (⅓ cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 150ml (5 fl oz) white wine (⅔ cup)
  • 115g (4 oz) button mushrooms, halved (about 6)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 225g (8 oz) packet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten (for glaze)


  • You will also need a pie dish.


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C (405°F) (gas 6)

  3. Pour the milk into a large pan. Cut the salmon into cubes and add with the prawns/shrimp to the pan. Bring to the boil. Then remove from the heat, cover, and leave for 5 minutes to cook the fish.

  4. Now drain the fish, reserving the liquor, and place in the base of the pie dish with the sweetcorn.

  5. Next, melt the butter in a clean pan. Add the flour and mix to form a paste. Cook over a low heat for 1 minute. Then gradually stir in the reserved liquor until smooth. Increase the heat, and stir the sauce until it is really thick, about 2 minutes. Now stir in the wine and add the mushrooms. Simmer for 3 minutes. Season to taste and add the dill.

  6. Pour sauce over the fish and mix in. Leave to cool slightly, about 10 minutes.

  7. Trim the pastry to fit the top of the pie dish. Dampen the rim of the dish with water and use the trimmings to cover the rim of the dish. Dampen the rim of pastry with water and lift the large piece of pastry over the top. Press down around the rim of the dish to seal the pastry and knock-back the edges. Make 2 holes in the top to allow steam to escape during cooking.

  8. Brush the top of the pastry with egg glaze. Place on a baking tray and bake in the centre of the oven for 25–30 minutes until the pastry is golden.

  9. Serve with green beans or carrots.

Updated: April 4, 2018

Breaded Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

 

A simple meal of fish and chips, prepared and cooked in an hour. A chunky piece of fresh white fish (haddock or cod), coated in fresh breadcrumbs, and shallow fried for just 10 minutes. Served with home cooked fries and ready to be doused with ketchup and vinegar.

 

Fish and Chips
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • For the fish
  • 4 x 140g (5 oz) haddock fillets, skinned
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • flavourless oil (not olive oil)


  • For the chips
  • 900g (2 lb) large potatoes (about 6)
  • 2 tbsp oil (not olive oil)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • To serve
  • tartare sauce and 4 lemon wedges for the fish
  • malt vinegar and tomato ketchup for the chips

  • You will also need a large frying pan/skillet or sauté pan for the fish and a large baking sheet, covered with baking parchment, for the chips.


  1. Method
  2. Adjust oven rack to the lowest level and preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) (gas 6)

  3. For the chips
  4. Peel potatoes and slice into ½ inch thick rounds and then into ½ inch thick strips. Pat dry and place in a bowl.

  5. Drizzle with oil and season well. Toss until evenly coated.

  6. Spread out on the baking sheet and bake for about 30 minutes, turning 2 or 3 times until browned.


  7. For the fish
  8. Meanwhile, prepare the fish. Spread the flour on a plate and season. Then spread breadcrumbs on a second plate. Beat the egg in a shallow bowl.

  9. Pat dry the fish with kitchen paper. Taking one fillet at a time, coat it in the flour, gently shaking off any excess. Then dip it in the beaten egg and coat in the breadcrumbs. Set aside on a clean plate and repeat with the remaining fish.

  10. While the chips are cooking in the oven the fish can be cooked on the hob. Heat the frying pan/skillet over a medium heat and pour in enough oil to just cover the bottom. When the oil is hot, add the fish and gently fry for about 4–5 minutes until golden and crisp on the underside. Carefully turn and repeat on the other side. The fish may have to be cooked in two batches. Lift the fish from the pan and place on a warmed plate covered with kitchen paper to absorb any oil. Cover the plate with foil and keep warm while cooking the rest of the fish.

  11. Serve immediately garnished with the lemon wedges.

Updated: March 25, 2018

Salmon Italian-style

Salmon Italian Style

 

Whole salmon fillets, drizzled with wine, baked with whole tomatoes on a bed of sliced potatoes and cooked in olive oil and garlic.

 

Salmon Italian-style
Prepares: 4 servings (photograph shows a serving for 2)
 
  • Preparation time: About 25 minutes
  • Cooking time: 55 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 900g (2 lb) potatoes, (6 medium)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 6 plum tomatoes, halved, OR
  • 12 tinned/canned plum tomatoes*
  • 4 x 170g (6 oz) salmon fillets, skinned
  • 20 black olives, pitted (optional)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 150ml (5 fl oz) dry white wine (⅔ cup)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • knob of butter
  • basil leaves to garnish


  • To serve
  • accompany with a fresh green vegetable

  • You will also need a 2.4 litre (4½ pint) ovenproof dish for this recipe.


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) (gas 6).

  3. Peel and cut the potatoes into even-sized large pieces. Then parboil in boiling, salted water for 10 minutes. Drain and leave to cool for about 5 minutes until they become cool enough to handle. Now cut into 5mm (¼ inch) slices.

  4. Brush the dish with 1½ tablespoons olive oil. Then layer the potato slices in the dish and drizzle over another 1½ tablespoons of the oil. Spread the garlic slices over the potatoes and top with the tomatoes. Drizzle with the remaining one tablespoon oil, season and bake in the oven for 40 minutes.

  5. Ten minutes before the end of cooking, start preparing the salmon fillets. Slash each salmon fillet three times across the top and season. Heat a large non-stick frying pan/skillet and add a good sized knob of butter. When the butter begins to sizzle, lay the salmon fillets in the pan/skillet and sear for one minute on both sides.

  6. Remove from the pan/skillet and lay the salmon fillets on top of the potatoes. Scatter with the olives (if using), and pour the wine and lemon juice over the fish. Then cover with foil and return to the oven for a further 15 minutes.

  7. To serve, garnish with basil leaves and accompany with a green vegetable.

Updated March 18, 2018

Salmon and Prawn Fish Pie

Salmon and Prawn Fish Pie

 

Flaked salmon and prawns/shrimp with broccoli in a creamy wine sauce, topped with mounds of mashed potato, and sprinkled with a crusty topping, make this a delicious fish pie.

 

Salmon and Prawn Fish Pie
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: About 40 minutes
  • Cooking time: 45 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 800g (1¾ lb) potatoes, peeled (5 medium)
  • 565g (1¼ lb) salmon fillet, skinned
  • 115g (4 oz) cooked prawns/shrimps
  • 240ml (8 fl oz) dry white wine (1 cup)
  • 60ml (2 fl oz) water (¼ cup)
  • few sprigs dill
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lemon slices
  • 55g (2 oz) butter (¼ cup, or ½ stick)
  • 55g (2 oz) flour (⅓ cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 5 tbsp single cream/table cream
  • 120ml (4 fl oz) milk (½ cup)
  • small head of broccoli
  • 2 tbsp fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • sprigs of dill for garnish (optional)

  • For this recipe you will need a large frying pan/skillet with lid and a 2.25 litre (4 pint) ovenproof dish


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F) (gas 5).

  3. Peel and cut potatoes into large chunks. Cook in boiling, salted water for about 20 minutes until tender. Drain and set aside.

  4. Next, cut the broccoli into bite-sized florets, about 115g (4 oz) (1 cup). Not all the head of broccoli will be needed.

  5. Remove the stalks from the dill and reserve. Chop dill leaves and put to one side.

  6. Put the fish into the frying pan/skillet and pour over the water and wine. Add seasoning, dill stalks and lemon slices. Cover. Bring slowly to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 5 minutes or until just cooked.

  7. Remove from the heat. Discard the dill stalks and lemon slices. Strain and reserve the cooking liquor. Lay the fish in the ovenproof dish. Flake into chunks using a fork and check for bones.

  8. Add the prawns/shrimps and broccoli.

  9. Melt the butter in the frying pan/skillet and stir in the flour to form a smooth paste. Remove from the heat and slowly add the reserved cooking liquor, stirring constantly, until the sauce is smooth. Return to the heat and bring to the boil. Then reduce the heat and cook for 1 minute, stirring continuously, until the sauce has thickened. Add the cream, chopped dill leaves, and season. Now pour the sauce over the fish.

  10. Mash the potatoes, adding just enough milk to create a creamy mash. Season well.

  11. Cover the fish with spoonfuls of the potato. Don’t flatten the spoon shapes out, you are after a bumpy look. Sprinkle with the breadcrumbs and pour the melted butter over the top.

  12. Bake for 40–45 minutes until piping hot and lightly browned.

  13. Serve garnished with sprigs of dill (optional).

Updated: March 14, 2018

Haddock and Prawn Fish Pie with a Chive and Cheesy Mash

Haddock and Prawn Fish Pie

 

This creamy fish pie combines haddock with king prawns/jumbo shrimp in a creamy white sauce with a scattering of peas then topped with a chive and cheesy mash

 

Haddock and Prawn Fish Pie with a Chive and Cheesy Mash
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 40 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • For the fish pie
  • 300ml (10 fl oz) full fat (whole milk) (1¼ cups)
  • 450g (1 lb) haddock, skinned (cod will work too)
  • 40g (1½ oz) butter (3 tbsp)
  • 40g (1½ oz) flour (¼ cup)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 150 ml soured cream (⅔ cup)
  • 200g (7 oz) frozen peeled king prawns/jumbo shrimps, thawed
  • 115g (4 oz) frozen peas, thawed (¾ cup)


  • For the chive and cheesy mash
  • 900g (2 lb) floury potatoes, peeled and cut into even sized pieces (6 medium)
  • 55g (2 oz) Cheddar cheese, grated (½ cup)
  • 90ml (3 fl oz) full fat (whole milk) (⅓ cup)
  • 8g (¼ oz) fresh chives, chopped (2 tbsp)

  • To serve
  • A green leafy vegetable

  • You will also need a deep sided frying pan/skillet and a 2 litre ovenproof dish.


  1. Method
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F) (gas 6)

  3. Put the potatoes in a pan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain.

  4. Meanwhile, pour the milk into the frying pan/skillet and add the haddock. Bring slowly to the boil and then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and, using a slotted spoon or spatula, carefully transfer the fish to a plate and set aside. Reserve the milk.

  5. Over a medium heat, melt the butter in a separate pan. Stir in the flour to form a paste and gently cook for 1 minute. Gradually whisk the reserved milk into the flour until there is a smooth sauce. Bring to the boil, stirring continuously, then reduce the heat and simmer for 2–3 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Season to taste.

  6. Stir in the soured cream, prawns/shrimps, and peas, and gently heat for a further 2 minutes.

  7. Break the haddock into small cubes, about 2.5cm (1 inch) and add to the sauce. Spoon the mixture into the ovenproof dish.

  8. Mash the cooked potatoes and, when smooth, beat in the grated cheese and enough milk to make a creamy mash, then fold through the chopped chives. Spoon over the fish and bake for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

Updated: March 14, 2017