Samwise Gamgee’s Fish Stew

Hated by Gollum, for ruining perfectly good fresh fish, this stew is an old family recipe of the Gamgee’s, featuring Sams favourite – potatoes!


  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (peeled and sliced)
  • 500ml hot fish stock
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Parsley (finely chopped)
  • 2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tsp Tarragon
  • 2 carrots (quartered and sliced)
  • 3 small potatoes (cubed)
  • 1 mushroom (roughly chopped)
  • Large glug of mead or white wine
  • 375g fish pie mix
  • 165g raw prawns

To serve;

  • Croutons


Heat a little olive oil in a casserole dish or large saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and fry on a low heat for a few minutes, to soften.

Add the fish stock, tomatoes, herbs, carrots, potatoes, and mushroom, along with a large glug of mead or wine.

Bring to a boil, and simmer for about 20 minutes. Add the fish pie mix and cook for a further 10 minutes.

Finally add the prawns and cook for another 5 minutes, or until the prawns are pink and cooked through.

Serve immediately, topped with a few croutons

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