Prawn & mussel pies

Prawn & mussel pies

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Prep: 10 mins - 15 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
A soupy pie with light pastry and seafood filling - an impressive dish that's easy to put together by Gary Rhodes

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal431
  • fat24g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre2g
  • protein29g
  • salt1.53g
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  • half x 375g pack ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 150ml white wine
  • 1kg mussels in their shells, cleaned and debearded



    Once regarded as the poor relation of the shellfish family because of their small size and…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 large onion, sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 4 sticks celery, sliced



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 1 star anise
    Star anise

    Star anise

    star an-eese

    Star anise is one of the central spices in Chinese cooking. It has a strong anise flavour, with…

  • 1 strip peeled orange zest



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 2 bay leaves
  • pinch saffron



    The stigma of a type of crocus, saffron threads have a pungent and distinctive aroma and flavour…

  • juice half lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 200-250g punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
  • pinch cayenne pepper or crushed dried chilleis
  • 350g peeled Atlantic prawns



    There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…

  • 25-50g/1-2 oz butter, to taste



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • chopped parsley



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Lay the pastry (a piece about 18cm x 23cm) on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 4 rectangles (see Gary’s tip, below). Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 mins until golden and puffy.

  2. Meanwhile, pour the wine and 450ml/16fl oz water (see Gary’s tip below) into a large, deep pan and bring to a boil. Tip in the cleaned mussels and cover with a lid. After a couple of mins, remove the lid and stir the mussels until they open. Any refusing to open should be discarded. Drain the mussels in a colander, saving the juices. Remove the mussels from the shells, keeping some shells if you like, to use when serving the soup.

  3. Warm the olive oil in the pan, then add the sliced onion, celery, star anise, orange zest, bay leaves, saffron and lemon juice. Cook over a moderate heat without colouring the vegetables, stirring occasionally, until completely tender, 12-15 mins.

  4. Strain the mussel cooking liquor through a fine sieve over the vegetables, and bring to a simmer. Add the tomatoes, season with a pinch of cayenne pepper or crushed chillies and simmer for a few mins to soften the tomatoes. Spoon the mussels and prawns into the soup, stir in your preferred quantity of butter and heat to just below simmering point – you don’t want to overcook the fish. Sprinkle in some chopped parsley to finish, and serve in bowls with a pastry lid perched on top of each.

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23rd Nov, 2014
A wonderful pie full of flavour and so easy to make. Easy to make. Loved the crunch of the celery through the food and the cheffy pie topping. Lovely kick of heat that didn't overpower the fish. Great mid-week meal felt like we we're sitting in the pub!
25th Oct, 2011
Absolutely beautiful. Left out the celery as we are not keen and used a couple of drying out chilli from the garden instead of the flakes/cayenne pepper. Served with crusty onion bloomer to soak up the juices.
2nd Mar, 2009
Very tasty recipe although I didn't think it would be so spicy.
30th Oct, 2008
i used this recipe as my AS level coursework and adapted it. i made my own puff pastry and added cardamom and orange zest to it. this complimented the prawn and mussel really well.
22nd Feb, 2008
Fabulous!! Cooked it for Valentine's day. Very tasty and easy to do.
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