Creamy Fish Bake

    45 min

    A simple, yet incredibly delicious fish dish. Flaked cod is baked in a creamy white sauce and topped with grated Cheddar cheese. Serve with mashed potatoes, if desired.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 900g cod fillets
    • 50g margarine
    • 6 tablespoons plain flour
    • 475ml milk
    • salt and ground black pepper to taste
    • 200g grated Cheddar cheese

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease an 20x30cm baking dish. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add cod and cook for 4 to 6 minutes; drain.
    2. Melt margarine in a medium saucepan. Remove from heat and mix in the flour and milk. Return to hob over medium heat and stir until thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
    3. Flake fish into baking dish, alternating layers with sauce. Sprinkle top with cheese.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is browned.

    Alternatives to cod:

    Try this recipe with inexpensive fresh coley or pouting. They both belong to the cod family but are much cheaper and available in larger supermarkets or fishmongers.

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    LOVED it  -  26 Apr 2011


    This was a really nice, homey dish for a cold night. I'm not sure it would still be traditional au Gratin, but I think next time I'll layer some cheese between the fish and sauce, for more melty goodness and less of a bubbly skin on top (which is still delicious, lol). While this recipe doesn't have the complexity and layers of flavor that other, more gourmet-types do with scores of herbs, peppers, etc., I feel it's really unfair for people to mark down this recipe and claim it's tasteless because of that. If you want to go ahead and doll the recipe up that's fine, but it's unfair to the submitter to dock stars or whatnot because of that. Thank you for sharing  -  11 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This dish is simply awesome. I adjusted the seaoning a little based upon other reviews. For seasoning I used 1/4 tsp. black pepper, 1/4 tsp. garlic, 1/4 tsp. dry mustard and 1/2 tsp. salt.  -  07 Apr 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)