Make Annie Bell’s delicious and sustainable fish pie from Eat to Save the Planet

This delicious and sustainable fish pie recipe from Annie Bell’s Eat to Save the Planet makes a tasty dinner the whole family will enjoy. 

The Planetary Health Diet is an environmentally sustainable diet developed by an international team of scientists – it’s good for the planet and for our health, but still allows us to indulge in a little meat and seafood. Annie Bell’s Eat to Save the Planet is full of simple, tempting, eco-friendly recipes based on the Planetary Health Diet which make eating sustainably a delight. Why not try her tasty fish pie recipe for a simple but delicious dinner?

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This fish pie is lovely and light: salmon in a rich tomato and fennel sauce, with butter beans, and a delicate mixed nut and oat crumble on top in lieu of pastry or potato.
Annie Bell
  • Total time

    80 minutes

  • Prep time

    20 minutes

  • Amount

    Serves 6

  • Ingredients
    • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 small dried red chilli (finely chopped)
    • 4 garlic cloves (peeled and finely chopped)
    • 2 fennel bulbs (green shoots and tough outer sheath discarded and bulbs diced)
    • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
    • 3 tbsp coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (plus extra to serve)
    • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 600g skinless salmon fillets (cut into 3–4cm (1¼–1½in) pieces)
    • 200g butter beans (drained and rinsed)
    • 30g pecans
    • 30g ground almonds
    • 30g rolled oats
    • 30g unsalted butter (chilled and diced)
  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over a medium heat, add the chilli and garlic. Moments later add the fennel and fry for several minutes until translucent and softened slightly. Add the tomatoes, parsley and some seasoning, bring to a simmer and cook for 25–30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until you have a thick sauce.
  2. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a high heat, season the salmon and briefly sear it, half at a time, to lightly colour on all sides. Gently fold the salmon and butter beans into the sauce, discarding any liquid given out by the fish, and transfer the mixture to a shallow ovenproof dish, approximately 20 x 30cm (8 x 12in). The filling can be prepared a couple of hours in advance, in which case cover and set aside in a cool place.
  3. For the crumble, whizz the pecans until finely chopped in a food processor, then add the ground almonds, oats, the butter and a little seasoning and briefly whizz until the crumbs start to hold together in nibs. This can also be made in advance, and chilled.
  4. Preheat the oven to 210°C (fan 190°C/gas mark 6), scatter the crumble over the pie base and bake for about 30 minutes until the crumble is lightly golden. Serve scattered with extra parsley.

Eat to Save the Planet

by Annie Bell

Annie Bell, award-winning recipe writer for the Mail on Sunday YOU magazine and a registered nutritionist, delivers this ground-breaking cookbook to help you change your diet and the world for the better. Offering new recipes for your weekly menu from aubergine stuffed with lamb and buckwheat to speedy cauliflower, lentil and watercress risotto, this book provides recipes based on recommendations from the Planetary Health Diet which was commissioned by Lancet-EAT and written by an international group of scientists.