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Irish Fish Pie Recipe

This hearty fish pie dish is particularly welcome after a winter day on ice or open water.

Irish Fish Pie Recipe
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I make this Irish Fish Pie Recipe using walleye, although any white fish such as crappie, perch, or pike will do.

Serves: 6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes


Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds filleted fish, cut into 2-inch pieces (deboned)
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 small carrots, diced
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry or 1 tablespoon freshly chopped thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 1/4 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • Dash of cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Splash of cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • Mashed potatoes or seasoned bread crumbs mixed with Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in heavy saute pan. Add onion, carrots, and mushrooms and saute over medium heat, stirring occasionally until juicy and tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle flour over vegetables and stir. Cook a few more minutes.
  3. Add milk, white wine, salt, pepper, thyme, cayenne, bay leaf, and a splash of cream. Cook, stirring frequently over medium heat until the mixture begins to thicken.
  4. Taste and adjust seasoning, then add the fish and parsley. Cook 5 ­minutes or until fish is just barely cooked.
  5. Spoon into one large (or 6 small) buttered ovenproof dish. (The recipe can be prepared ahead, up to this point.)
  6. Spoon the mashed potatoes decoratively over the pie, or sprinkle with the bread crumbs and Parmesan. Drizzle with extra butter if desired.
  7. Bake at 350°F to brown the potato crust, about 15 minutes if the filling and potatoes are warm, 30 minutes if cold.
  8. Serve Irish Fish Pie accompanied with a simple green salad.

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