Spring Fish Pie

Spring Fish Pie

by Diane Clark

This comforting and hearty fish pie is always a great dish to make ahead and perfect for a family feast, a welcome change to a Sunday roast or even a casual supper party with friends.

  • Serves: 4
  • Preparation Time: Under 1 hour
  • Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1kg potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 heaped tbsp quark
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Low calorie cooking spray
  • 2 leeks, roughly chopped
  • 400g cooked peas and corn
  • 350ml fish stock
  • 300g skinless salmon fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 300g skinless haddock or cod loin, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 200g cooked and peeled prawns
  • 4 free-range eggs, hard-boiled, peeled and quartered
  • A handful of roughly chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 level tsp cornflour
  • Grated cheese – just to sprinkle on the top of the pie

Method

  1. Cook the potatoes in lightly salted boiling water for 12-15 minutes or until tender and drain well. Mash the potatoes, mix in the quark and season well. Cover and set aside.
  2. Boil the eggs, and once they are cooled peel and quarter.
  3. Spray a non-stick frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and fry the leeks over a low heat for 15 minutes or until softened.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200C/Fan 180C/Gas 6.
  5. Pour the fish stock into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add the salmon and cod to the stock (or the haddock if you’ve chosen this) and cook over a low heat for 5 minutes.
  6. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fish to a large, shallow ovenproof dish. Add the prawns, eggs and parsley to the fish and gently mix together.
  7. Strain the fish stock into a clean pan and place over a high heat.
  8. Mix the cornflour with one tablespoon of cold water and add to the stock. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to low and cook for 2 minutes. Add the leeks, peas and corn and pour the stock mixture over the fish. Gently mix everything together and season well.
  9. Top the fish with the mashed potatoes, smooth down with a fork, sprinkle with a little grated cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes or until nicely browned.
  10. Serve with your favourite vegetables or even a green salad.