This seafood pot pie recipe is pure comfort. Think the most delicious seafood chowder meets a wonderful classic chicken pot pie. It is the perfect meal to serve on a cozy Sunday evening or special occasion. It takes a bit of time to prepare, but it is so worth it and is sure to please the taste buds of seafood lovers and picky eaters alike.
REASONS TO LOVE THIS RECIPE
It is the most comforting dish. Buttery and flaky pastry wrapped around the rich and satisfying gravy compliments the vegetables and cod perfectly.
It can be prepped in advance. The pot pie does take some time to prepare, but if you are able to plan ahead, the pastry can be made up to two days in advance and kept in the refrigerator wrapped tightly in plastic wrap.
Everyone loves it. Though this fish pot pie is full of seafood, the flavor isn't overly fishy and is mixed in with other ingredients such as carrots, potatoes, and peas that are familiar to most people. Even if some family members aren't crazy about fish, give this recipe a try, they just might like it!
This recipe calls for Pacific cod, but can easily be altered to utilize your choice of seafood. Try it with skinless sockeye salmon filets, halibut, or white gulf shrimp.
While the herb pastry is incredibly delicious, it is a bit time-consuming. If you are short on time but still want to make this recipe, a premade store-bought pie crust can be used in place of the homemade pastry. Alternatively, consider making the pastry dough up to two days in advance and storing it in the fridge, or for up to a month in the freezer.
Food Processor: A food processor helps the pastry come together quickly. If you do not have a food processor, the pastry can be made in a large bowl by using a pastry cutter to cut the butter into small pea size pieces.
Large skillet: Use a large 11 or 12-inch skillet with tall sides to prepare the filling. A Dutch oven could also be used.
Rolling pin: A rolling pin is needed to roll out the pie crust.
Pie pan: A pie pan is needed for baking the pot pie. Look for one that has a nice rim around the top so the edge of the crust can sit nicely on top of it. Glass or ceramic pie dishes are ideal.
Rimmed baking sheet: A rimmed baking sheet is helpful to catch any drips or spills from the pie while it bakes.
Pastry brush: A pastry brush is helpful for spreading the eggwash on the pie.
Butter: Butter is a key component of the pastry recipe and helps to create flaky layers. It is also used to help soften the vegetables in the filling.
Shallots: Shallots are used as the savory aromatic base for the filling. A yellow onion or sliced leeks could be used instead.
Celery: What's a pot pie without celery? It adds a savory flavor and nice texture to the sauce.
Carrots: Carrots add some vibrant color and a nice texture to the filling. Garlic: Garlic is a key component of the traditional pot pie filling and adds to the cozy nature of the dish.
Fresh thyme: Fresh thyme is used in the filling as well as the pastry, and adds a nice note of herby flavor.
All purpose flour: All purpose flour is the bulk of the pastry dough, and is used as a thickener in the filling.
Fish stock: Seafood stock deepens the seafood flavor in the dish and creates a rich flavor. Use homemade stock or store-bought. If you can't find seafood stock, vegetable stock can be used.
Potatoes: The starch in the potatoes helps to thicken the sauce and adds some body to the filling. Any type of potato will work here, but the gold ones are especially delicious.
Pacific cod portions: The firm flesh of the cod holds up well to the nature of the gravy filling. Plus, Wild for Salmon cod portions come without skin or bones and are ready to go right into the pan.
Frozen peas: It's not a pot pie without a few peas, they add such a lovely bright color.
Heavy cream: Cream adds a wonderful richness to the sauce.
Chives: Chives add a subtle flavor and bit of color to the pie pastry.
Ice water: Keeping everything cold is important when making pie crust. Fill a liquid measuring cup with ice cubes and water and measure the ice water directly from there.
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