Salmon and Spinach Pie
Serves: 4
  • 2 pounds spinach
  • 4 Salmon Fillets
  • 3 tablespoons butter, plus extra for greasing
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 cups milk
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • 1 cup gruyere cheese, grated
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 sheet dough, thawed if frozen
  1. Put the spinach into a saucepan with just the water clinging to leaves after washing and cook for 5-10 minutes, then drain well. Squeeze out the excess moisture and chop.
  2. Put the fish into a shallow saucepan, pour in water to cover, add a pinch of salt and bring just to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the fish with a spatula, discard the skin and flake the flesh. Reserve the cooking liquid.
  4. Preheat the oven to 160˚c. Lightly grease a pie dish with butter. Melt the butter in a saucepan, stir in the flour and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
  5. Gradually stir in the milk and 2 ladlefuls of the reserved cooking liquid. Season with salt and pepper, stir in the nutmeg and thyme and remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the cheese, cream, spinach and salmon.
  6. Roll out the pastry dough into a round on a lightly floured counter and use to line the prepared pie dish. Line with a sheet of parchment paper, fill with baking beans or pie weights and bake blind for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the dish from the oven and increase the oven temperature 175˚c.
  8. Remove the baking beans and paper from the pastry shell.
  9. Spoon the spinach and salmon mixture into the pastry shell and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the pie from the oven and serve warm or cold.
Recipe by George Hughes Fishmongers at