If you’re looking for a tasty and satisfying dish that’s both hearty and healthy, look no further than this delicious salmon pie recipe! This was a staple growing up and my mom would make it on Fridays or any day our family needed a salmon fix. Salmon sandwiches are always great and so are salmon patties, but a salmon pie is comfort food, especially for me.
My mom made it with canned salmon and mashed potatoes and you can bet this savory pie is sure to be a hit with your family and friends. It’s perfect for a cozy dinner at home or for a special occasion, and it’s easy to make using basic ingredients that you probably already have on hand. So why not give this recipe a try and discover for yourself how delicious and comforting a homemade salmon pie can be?
What you’ll need:
Canned salmon: You can easily use fresh salmon instead but I use canned salmon because it’s just as healthy and easier to prepare.
Potatoes: Any type of potato such as Russet, Yukon Gold, or red potatoes works well in this recipe. I simply mash the potatoes and don’t add milk or additional butter because once it’s incorporated into the salmon mixture, it becomes creamy and delicious. However, if you want to add some additional richness to this salmon pie, adding milk and butter to make fluffy mashed potatoes will only make this recipe taste even better!
Celery, onions, and garlic: Mixing salmon and mashed potatoes together would taste great but adding celery, onions, and garlic just brings everything together and helps make this pie a satisfying meal.
Pastry for a double-crust pie: I didn’t include a recipe for pie pastry but homemade or store-bought pastry for a double-crust pie will work well for this recipe.
Spices: I love the taste and smell of savory, so for me, it really wouldn’t be salmon pie without it; however, other spices like thyme or marjoram would be a good substitute if you don’t have any savory on hand.
How to make salmon pie:
The process is fairly simple and much easier if we prepare the mashed potatoes and roll out our dough ahead of time.
We’ll add some butter to a saute pan and cook the celery, onions, and garlic for a few minutes until tender.
Then, we’ll add our canned salmon and mix everything together. Then, we’ll add the salmon mixture to our mashed potatoes and mix this together as well.
Salmon Pie RecipeCourse: Main DishesCuisine: French, CanadianDifficulty: Easy
Pastry for a double-crust pie
1/4 cup butter
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1 1/2 pounds of potatoes (Russet, Yukon Gold, or red potatoes)
2 213g cans of salmon, flaked (approx. 1 pound total)
1/2 teaspoon savory
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Mashed Potatoes
- Wash and peel the potatoes, then cut them into evenly sized chunks.
- Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover them with cold water. Add a pinch of salt to the water.
- Bring the water to a boil over high heat and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer the potatoes until they are tender when pierced with a fork, about 15-20 minutes.
- Drain the water from the potatoes and return them to the pot.
- Use a potato masher or a handheld mixer to mash the potatoes until they are smooth and creamy. You can also use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment for a really smooth and fluffy texture. Your potatoes are now ready…on to the salmon!
- Salmon Pie
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Roll out one pie crust and place it into a 9-inch pie dish.
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chopped onions, celery, and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
- Add the flaked salmon to the vegetables and stir until well combined.
- Season with salt, savory, and pepper.
- Incorporate salmon mixture into mashed potatoes. Then, pour the mixture into the pie crust, making sure to spread it out evenly.
- Roll out the second pie crust and place it over the salmon mixture. Trim any excess crust from the edges, leaving a 1-inch overhang. Fold the edges of the top crust under the edges of the bottom crust and crimp to seal.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the filling is heated through.
How long does salmon pie last in the fridge?
Salmon pie, like most food items, will eventually spoil and become unsafe to eat if stored in the fridge for too long. Generally, a salmon pie can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days if it has been properly stored in an airtight container.
After that time, it is best to discard any leftovers to avoid the risk of food poisoning. If you have a large amount of leftover pie that you know you won’t be able to consume within the recommended timeframe, you can freeze it for up to 2-3 months. However, keep in mind that freezing and thawing may affect the texture of the pie, so it may not be as fresh-tasting as it would be when consumed immediately after cooking.
In general, it’s always best to use your best judgment when it comes to the freshness and safety of leftover food items. If the salmon pie has an off smell or unusual appearance, it’s best to err on the side of caution and discard it to avoid any potential health risks.
How to cook frozen salmon pie?
If you decided to freeze your pie, you’ll need to thaw it out before reheating it. Here’s how you can cook a frozen salmon pie:
- Thaw the pie: Remove the frozen salmon pie from the freezer and place it in the fridge to thaw overnight. This will help ensure that the pie is fully thawed and ready to cook.
- Preheat the oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- Cover with foil: Cover the salmon pie with aluminum foil to prevent the top from burning.
- Bake for 30 minutes: Place the salmon pie in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove the foil: After 30 minutes, remove the foil from the top of the pie and continue to bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until the top is golden brown.
- Check the internal temperature: To ensure that the salmon pie is fully cooked, check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. The temperature should reach 145°F (63°C) before it’s considered safe to eat.
- Let it cool: Remove the salmon pie from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
What to serve with salmon pie?
Salmon pie is a hearty and satisfying dish that pairs well with a variety of sides such as a green salad, steamed vegetables, or my favorite, coleslaw!
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