A Simple Savory Fish Pie with 4 Types of Flounder


When it’s blowing 30 mph and the snow is coming down 3 inches per hour, I want something rich and satisfying between shoveling sessions. I had a bunch of fish on hand to make a fish pie. I’ve never made a fish pie, but it just seemed like the right thing to make considering the weather. Compared to some of the amazing bloggers I’m getting to know, I’m no great chef. This time of year the fish I get are usually baked or broiled in some way and I don’t want my small house to stink from using my grill pan or deep fryer.

I am so lucky to have friends still in “the business.” A good buddy of mine just returned from a fishing trip out of Cape Cod and came home with bags of freshly filleted flounders. There are lots of good flounder to be found in the winter around here: I got some excellent blackbacks (winter flounder) a couple of weeks ago from Cape Ann Fresh Catch – a local co-op/CSF.

A Mix of Four Types of Flounder

My friend hooked me up with an awesome mix of blackback, yellowtail flounder, dab (American plaice) and fluke (summer flounder). Each of these fish brings a slightly different taste, but have a similar texture since they are all flounder. On their own I would say fluke is probably the best in terms of taste and size, followed by blackback, which you might see as “lemon sole.”

The best local flounder is grey sole or witch flounder, but I wouldn’t it mix with these other fish. I’m not sure I have ever prepared yellowtails or dabs but they are smaller and thinner than the other two. It was just like the old days, when family friends would drop by after a trip with bags of haddock, whiting, monkish, gray sole or even a chicken halibut (I miss them most of all). This medley of flounder is just what a hearty fish pie needs.

Flounder Fish Pie with Vegetables

Recipe by Buying SeafoodCuisine: Seafood, Comfort FoodDifficulty: Easy
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

45

minutes

With this bag of prized flounder I decided to try a fish pie like celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has listed here.

Ingredients

  • 1.5lbs. Flounder, cut into small chunks

  • 2 cups leftover Mashed Potatoes (approximate)

  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese

  • 1/2 Onion

  • 1 Celery stalk

  • 2 cloves Garlic

  • 1 Carrot

  • 3-4oz. Mushrooms

  • 1 Lemon, juice and zest

  • Olive oil

  • 2Tbsp. Butter

  • Salt and Pepper

Directions

  • Saute aromatics and mushrooms in olive oil, set aside.
  • Cut flounder fillets into smaller pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Mix fish with vegetables, add lemon juice and zest. Place in a greased casserole dish.
    fish pie mix
  • Add a layer of cheese and then top with mashed potatoes. Use a fork to “rake” the topping and brush with some melted butter or a quick spritz of cooking spray.
  • Bake at 350F until golden brown and bubbly, about 40-45 minutes.

Notes

  • Use instant mashed potatoes if you don’t have leftovers. You can also mix the cheese into the potatoes.
  • This will work with any kind of similar white fish if the pieces are cut similarly.

The Verdict on Flounder Fish Pie

flounder fish pie finished

So how was it? My wife was apprehensive, but she likes Jamie Oliver so she gave it a try. We were both impressed, even though it was not a radical change from my usual dishes, it was delicious. The small pieces of flounder blended so well with all those veggies and because they were sautéed beforehand, they had lots of flavor without making the pie “soupy.” Also, with 4 different types of flounder, each bite had a slightly different taste.

I figured it would be fine, but now I’m looking forward to having fun with this concept: different veg, herbs, and different fish. The salmon and smoked haddock in the original recipe sound decadent but I imagine nearly any fish/veg combination would create a warm, comforting (and surprisingly not too heavy) fish pie for a cold winter day.

Shout out to my boy ZJ for that unexpected gift of flounder!