Eel Pie

eel pie


300 g (12 oz) puff pastry
1 kg (2 lb) eels
3 tbls (25 g) 1 oz flour
450 ml (3/4 pint) fish stock made from the eels heads and tails
egg to glaze
1 onion or shallot
2 tbsp (25 g) 1 oz butter
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon lemon juice
pinch of nutmeg


1. Wash and skin the eels and remove the heads and tails.

2. Let them soak a while in salt water, then make the fish stock with the heads and tails.

3. Cut the eels into pieces about 5 cm (2 in) long and put them in the bottom of a pie dish with the chopped onion and parsley.

4. Season with pepper, salt and nutmeg. Add a quarter of the stock to the pie dish.

5. Roll out the pastry, make a good thick lid with a small hole in it and glaze with beaten egg.

6. Cook for 15 minutes at 220°C, 425°F, mark 7, until the pastry begins to puff up and brown, then at 180°C, 350°F, mark 4 for 45 minutes.

7. Cover the pastry with foil just before the pie has finished cooking.

8. Make a sauce by melting the butter and adding the flour and the remaining eel stock, stir until thick, add the lemon juice and pour into the pie before serving hot.