Salmon, Caramelised Onion and Spinach Pie

I am currently in the middle of exams and my days are spent in the library at my desk.  Next week I write my last exam, EVER.  I said the same words 2 years ago when I completed my Honours degree, but this time its for real.  LAST EXAM EVER (it needs to be shouted). IMG_4252 IMG_4257 When I get back from campus everyday I am starving and in desperate need for a good, home cooked meal.  But cooking after a long day of studying only adds to the tiredness and Doug sometimes only gets back from work after 7pm.  However, home cooked, healthy dinners don’t have to be a mission to cook, even after the longest day. IMG_4269 IMG_4290 On top of that, having fish is always a treat and it need not be an extravagant expense, even salmon.  I often use salmon (or whatever fish is available) off cuts, which sounds terrible but are a great and affordable way to buy fish. IMG_4294 Off cuts are perfect in pies, pasta or over salads.  Some grocery stores sell them pre-packaged in their fish section, otherwise ask your local fish monger if there are any off cuts available to buy.  The off cuts aren’t the dodgy parts of the fish either, just the bits left over after a fillet has been cut out. IMG_4305 This pie is so easy make and doesn’t require hours standing by the stove, cooking and assembling all the components.  I use mashed potato to cover the top of the pie as a healthy alternative to butter laden puff pastry lid often found on pies. IMG_4307 While the onions caramelise and the potatoes boil, you can relax and enjoy a lovely, well deserved glass of wine.  This meal is also great to make if you have people for dinner.  Everything can be prepared way before, then pop them into the oven 10-15 minutes before serving.  It couldn’t be easier. IMG_4309 Salmon, Caramelised Onion and Spinach Pie

Adapted from the Donna Hay Magazine, Issue 76 June/July 2014 Serves 4

  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche
  • 1 Tbsp horseradish cream
  • 2 tsp thyme leaves
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup spinach, finely chopped
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 350g salmon, cut into small 1cm cubes or offcuts
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled (depends on how big/small your potatoes are, I used 3 which was plenty)
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • Salt and pepper to season
  1. Heat a saucepan to low-medium heat, add 1 Tbsp butter and the sliced onions
  2. Cook slowly until caramelised and browned
  3. While caramelising the onions, boil the potatoes until soft
  4. Preheat the oven to 180C
  5. When the onions are ready, add to a large mixing bowl
  6. Turn the heat up to medium, add 1 Tbsp of butter to the saucepan with the salmon and thyme
  7. When cooked, add to the onion
  8. Add the spinach, creme fraiche, horseradish, lemon zest, season with salt and pepper and mix well
  9. Mash the potato with the remaining butter and milk and season
  10. Divide the salmon mixture between 4 10cm ramekins (I used mini cocottes) and cover with mashed potato
  11. Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until slightly brown on top
  12. Serve with a side saladsalmon pie

2 thoughts on “Salmon, Caramelised Onion and Spinach Pie

  1. I adore salmon but I’ve never seen salmon offcuts, just salmon heads which I do use but they’re not really the same. I love how you have made these as individual portions. Less chance of over eating!

    1. I am sure if you ask your local fish shop for off cuts they will probably give/sell you some. The individual portions are great, helps gets those portions healthy!

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