day after dinner – fish gratin

Last week was I admitted to our hospital here in Landskrona for an examination that had to be done under anesthesia, had done it once before, 18 months ago. Not something I enjoy doing, because of the pain that I have to get through afterwards. So they kept me 36 hours, to be able to keep an eye on me and give med comfort. 

Back home just after lunch and I was far from being in a mood for going shopping so I had to raid my freeze, fridge, and cupboard. Not that I’m short of anything. 

I like simple and easy dishes … not to much work has to go into them.  One pot dishes … I love. 

Butter and rapeseed oil (50/50) is something I used for years for frying and cooking. It gives a fantastic color and flavor to everything. Not so heavy as pure butter. I have always made as I needed it, but now one of our big dairy companies (Arla) made one for me. LOOooOOOOve it! Great for baking too. It does just as it say on the tin (bottle) – enhances the taste

Always when I tidy up salmon and cod I save the “waste” ( I call it tidy-bits) for use in pasta, soups and gratin. Had a couple of those bags in the freezer so I took one of the cod bags. 

No fresh lemon at home, so I have to use the bottle. When it comes to herbs, I prefer frozen ones … because the flavor is a lot more intense when they defrost. We have a couple of brands that make frozen herbs, prefer Findus. So even the parsley I had at home.

As old habit I always pick the stems of the spinach.

Easy fish gratin – serves 4
500 g (1 pound) cod, any white firm fish or salmon works.
500 g  (1 pound) potatoes
70 g (5/8 cup) baby spinach
1 medium onion, finely chopped
100 ml (1/2 cup) mature cheddar cheese, grated
1 Carrot, ca 75 g – course grated
30 ml (2 tbsp)  butter & rapeseed oil (50/50)
250 ml (1/2 pint) whip cream
Salt and freshly grounded black pepper.
60 ml (4 tbsp)  parsley, chopped (used Findus frozen)
1/2 lemon, juice

  1. Set the oven to 225 °.
  2. Peel and boil the potatoes soft in lightly salted water.
  3. Rinse the spinach in a strainer or colander. Pour the potato water over the spinach so it “relaxes”.
  4. Let the potatoes cool slightly. Then mash it coarsely and mix with 1 tablespoon butter & rapeseed oil and ½ dl grated cheese.
  5. Peel and finely chop the onion. Peel and grate the carrot. Fry onion and carrot in 1 tablespoon butter & rapeseed oil in a pan.
  6. Pour in the cream and bring to the boil. Stir in the rest of the cheese and chopped parsley. Taste with a teaspoon of salt and pepper.
  7. Place the spinach in a greased ovenproof dish. Cut the fish into pieces and place on the spinach. Salt and squeeze over lemon juice.
  8. Pour on the sauce and spread the potatoes over the fish and sauce. Cook in the middle of the oven for 25-30 minutes.

This is one of the easiest oven fish dish I ever made and also one of the most tastiest too. Clear favourite. I would call it a “quickfix” when it comes to preparation and ingredients, it will only take about 15 min prepare and well in the oven are you free to do whatever you fancy for 25-30 min.

“Laughter is brightest where food is best.”
Irish Proverb


16 thoughts on “day after dinner – fish gratin

    • Hi, Sue … very tasty … and quick. I had quite a tough start of most of 2021 so fare, but got new medecins that helps .. and I will meet up with the doctor in 2 weeks to find out what they did or din’t find. *laugh – How are you doing????

      • Sad to hear you’ve had a tough time, Vivi….good to hear your latest medications are helping. I’m OK, but health much more challenging, just have to keep smiling

    • Girlfriend …. it came out pretty good, only fresh items were spinach and cream. Love simple cooking. I hope it’s good news, otherwise, I think they had been in contact with me already. If you have danced with the demon once .. you don’t a second dance. *smile BIGSunnyMorningHug.

    • Janet, thank you so much …. I think if they have found something serious they would have contacted me straight away. Please try out the dish and let me know your verdict. I wish you a pleasant weekend.

  1. Vivi – so glad to hear from you ! Do not worry – you know I have a medical background – there will be no major bad news on the 12th – if something really bad had been found on the examination you would not have been allowed home without a consultation ! unpleasant and unwanted and painful – yes, but methinks you will not discover anything upsetting ! Yes, I oft cook fish the same way tho’ I have not seen the butter/oil mix already packed together here . . . makes things easy . . . had to laugh at your choice of music . . . shall try write during the weekend . . . hugs . . .

    • Eha, thanks for your concern. You know that the most expensive part of health care is the nights spent in the hospital. And I was just in a “feelingnogood” mood, toke the bus home. My friend had misunderstood and was standing at another hospital when she was picking me up *laughing – thanks for all the great mails … I got – will look through them this weekend. Lots …

    • Thank you so much ..!!! Yes, I suppose it is a healthy sign that made dinner that day. Did the dish again a couple of days later, so that was when I took the photos.

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