Chef John's Fisherman's Pie Recipe

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  1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water and to a boil; add russet potatoes to boiling water and cook until very tender, about 20 minutes. Drain well. Mash in 3 tablespoons butter until thoroughly combined. Season with nutmeg, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste. Mash 1/2 cup milk into potato mixture until smooth.
  2. Drizzle olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add spinach, and season with a big pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until spinach has wilted, about 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl lined with paper towels to wick away excess moisture.
  3. Heat 3 tablespoons butter and flour in a saucepan over medium heat; whisk mixture to a smooth paste. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture has a nutty smell and is slightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add chopped garlic; whisk until fragrant, 10 to 20 seconds.
  4. Whisk 1 cup cold milk into flour mixture; cook until thickened. Whisk in remaining 1 cup milk and lemon zest. Bring white sauce to a gentle simmer, whisking constantly; season with salt. Turn heat to very low and keep sauce warm.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease an 8x12-inch casserole dish with 1 tablespoon butter.
  6. Season buttered pan with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Lay boneless cod fillets into the pan in a single layer. Season tops of fillets with more salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Spread spinach evenly over fish and drizzle with lemon juice. Spoon white sauce over spinach; give casserole dish several taps and shakes to eliminate bubbles.
  7. Drop mashed potatoes by heaping spoonfuls over the casserole and spread smoothly to cover. Place dish onto a rimmed baking sheet to catch spills.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling, about 40 minutes. Turn on oven's broiler and broil until potato crust has a golden brown top, about 2 minutes. Fish should flake easily. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with a sprinkle of chives.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 385.77 Kcal (1615 kJ)
Calories from fat 135.02 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Cholesterol 108.71mg 36%
Sodium 560.03mg 23%
Potassium 1328.77mg 28%
Total Carbs 29.36g 10%
Sugars 6.15g 25%
Dietary Fiber 3.19g 13%
Protein 30.73g 61%
Vitamin C 26mg 43%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 6%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Calcium 216.6mg 22%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 90.45 Kcal (379 kJ)
Calories from fat 31.66 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.52g 23%
Cholesterol 25.49mg 36%
Sodium 131.3mg 23%
Potassium 311.53mg 28%
Total Carbs 6.88g 10%
Sugars 1.44g 25%
Dietary Fiber 0.75g 13%
Protein 7.2g 61%
Vitamin C 6.1mg 43%
Iron 0.6mg 15%
Calcium 50.8mg 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 8.3
  • 10

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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