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Provencal Seafood Pie

Ingredients associated with Mediterranean fish stews -- garlic, fennel, saffron, and seafood -- are brought together in our Provencal potpie, which is served with garlicky aioli; the pie is topped with convenient store-bought puff pastry, whose layers won't overwhelm the lobster, shrimp, bass, and halibut underneath.

  • Servings: 6
Provencal Seafood Pie

Photography: Dana Gallagher

Source: Martha Stewart Living, Volume 143 October 2005


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 leek, white and pale-green parts only, washed well and finely chopped
  • 1 bulb fennel, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 2 cups Fumet, or store-bought fish stock
  • 3 canned whole peeled plum tomatoes, crushed
  • 1 lobster tail, shelled and cut into 1-inch pieces, shell reserved for Fumet
  • 6 ounces large shrimp, peeled and deveined, shells reserved for Fumet
  • 6 ounces scallops, tough muscles removed, halved
  • 6 ounces striped bass fillet, skinned and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 6 ounces halibut fillet, skinned and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 package (14 ounces) frozen puff pastry, such as Dufour, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • Easy Aioli, for serving


  1. Heat oil and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add leek, fennel, and garlic; cook, stirring, until vegetables are softened, about 6 minutes. Add flour; cook, stirring, 6 to 7 minutes. Whisk in stock. Bring to a boil. Stir in tomatoes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add lobster, shrimp, scallops, bass, and halibut; cook 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in parsley. Let cool.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to a 10-inch square, about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out a small vent in center. Transfer stew to an 8-inch square baking dish. Cover with dough, allowing excess to overhang. Transfer to freezer until cold, 20 minutes.

  3. Whisk cream and egg yolk in a small bowl. Brush crust with egg wash. Bake pie on a rimmed baking sheet until crust is golden brown and puffy, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve with aioli.

Reviews (1)

  • DebbyCDN 7 Feb, 2008

    I made this and found the flour quantity to be too much. When I added the stock the mixture went immediately to paste. I believe a quantity of 3-4 tbsp flour should be used.

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