Recipe by Nwabisa Lisa

by Tia


  • seafood (prawns, hake fillets, smoked salmon cut offs)
  • finely chopped carrot
  • green, red, and yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 sliced red onion
  • mashed potato
  • parmesan cheese
  • cheddar cheese
  • fish spice
  • garlic mince
  • olive oil
  • 1 fresh lemon, to garnish
  • fresh dill, to garnish
  • salt & pepper
  • lemon zest
  • 4 tablespoons , flour
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • white cheddar cheese
  • chopped fresh basil and fresh coriander


For the white sauce

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan on medium heat.
  2. In a cup, add cold milk and flour and stir until it is smooth. Add the milk mixture to the saucepan slowly while stirring using a whisk to make sure you don’t have lumps.
  3. Season with salt, pepper, Usisi garlic flakes and then add your white cheddar cheese until you get a smooth consistency.

For the seafood

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  2. Season the prawns with salt and pepper, and lemon zest. Then sauté the prawns in a pan with oil, for 3 minutes and set aside.
  3. Season the hake with fish spice and drizzle a bit of flour over them. In the same pan, add some butter and fry the fish for 2 minutes on each side. The fish will cook further in the oven.
  4. In an oven dish, layer the seafood, vegetables and herbs, and the sauce. Then place the mashed potatoes on top of everything, until you cannot see what is underneath.
  5. Etch lines into the mashed potato with a fork; be as creative as you want to.
  6. Drizzle the breadcrumbs over the mashed potato.
  7. Place the cottage pie in the oven for 20 minutes to allow the vegetables to cook.
  8. Garnish with lemon and dill.

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