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Jamie Oliver’s Fish Pie

I like this recipe as except for the potato saucepan, there isn’t too much washing up and most of the preparation is done in the dish you cook it in. It’s also very gluten-free without any dodgy ingredient at all.

Here’s what Jamie says about it.

This is a fantastically simple fish pie which doesn’t involve poaching the fish or making a tedious white sauce. Loads of good, fragrant veg are added quickly by grating them in. You can use whatever fish you like, making this as luxurious as you want it to be. If you like your fish pie to be creamy, feel free to add a few tablespoons of crème fraîche to the fish.

For four people and a typical deep dish you’ll get in somewhere like Debenhams, you’ll need the following.

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1kg potatoes
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 150g good Cheddar cheese
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ a fresh red chilli
  • 4 sprigs of fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 300g salmon fillets, skin off and bones removed
  • 300g undyed smoked haddock fillets, skin off and bones removed
  • 125g king prawns, raw, peeled
  • Olive oil
  • Optional: a good handful of spinach, chopped
  • Optional: a couple of ripe tomatoes, quartered

Note that Waitrose will take the skin of the fish.  I suspect other places and of course real fishmongers will too.

This is the method.

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6 and bring a large pan of salted water to the boil
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut into 2cm chunks
  3. Once the water is boiling, add your potatoes and cook for around 12 minutes, until soft (you can stick your knife into them to check)
  4. Meanwhile, get yourself a deep baking tray or earthenware dish and stand a box grater in it
  5. Peel the carrot
  6. Grate the celery, carrot and Cheddar on the coarse side of the grater
  7. Use the fine side of the grater to grate the zest from the lemon
  8. Finely grate or chop your chilli
  9. Finely chop the parsley leaves and stalks and add these to the tray
  10. Cut the salmon and smoked haddock into bite-size chunks and add to the tray with the prawns
  11. Squeeze over the juice from the zested lemon (no pips please!), drizzle with olive oil and add a good pinch of salt and pepper
  12. If you want to add any spinach or tomatoes, do it now
  13. Mix everything together really well
  14. By now your potatoes should be cooked, so drain them in a colander and return them to the pan
  15. Drizzle with a couple of good lugs of olive oil and add a pinch of salt and pepper
  16. Mash until nice and smooth, then spread evenly over the top of the fish and grated veg
  17. Place in the preheated oven for around 40 minutes, or until cooked through, crispy and golden on top

Serve piping hot with tomato ketchup, baked beans, steamed veg or a lovely green salad.

I would just point this recipe to Jamie’s site, but I like to print out the recipes as I have a bad memory.  And it doesn’t print from his site on my machine.

August 10, 2009 - Posted by | Food | , , ,


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