Tomato and Thyme Fish Zakouski

January 2, 2014

Just before Christmas I was lucky enough to win a selection of pre-made pastry cases from Pidy. I have used their cases before when I made festive vol-au-vents and vanilla mousse with edible spoons so was looking forward to trying them. One of the things that caught my eye was a selection of zakouski, which were fluted pastry shells. The name sparked my imagination and I thought it sounded Russian. Looking further into it I found that Zakouski are Russian hors d’oeuvres, which usually consist of tiny open sandwiches spread with caviar, fish or smoked sausage. They can also be a cold dish such as radishes in sour cream, all usually served with vodka.
I decided I was going to try and use them with a fish filling as I know fish is used a lot in Russian cooking. This is not a Russian dish but it is a very healthy and delicious way to cook fish in sauce. The sauce could also be used with chicken and would taste equally nice. The Zakouskis just needed to be warmed in the oven for five minutes and then I filled them with the fish sauce. You could also serve the fish with new potatoes as a main course. I found my son eating the leftovers out of the pan, he liked it so much.

Tomato and Thyme Fish ZakouskiTomato and Thyme Fish Zakouski

Tomato and Thyme Fish Zakouski

White fish served in a simple tomato sauce which is quick and easy to make and is low in saturated fat. This was served in pre-cooked pastry shells which were warmed in the oven, it can also be served as a main course with potatoes.
Prep Time 20 mins
Servings 4


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 400 g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp light soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 fillets cod or other white fish


  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan
  • Chop the onion and garlic into small pieces and fry until soft
  • Add the tomatoes, sugar, soy sauce and thyme and bring to the boil. Simmer for five minutes.
  • Add the fish and cook gently for 8 minutes until the fish is cooked and flakes easily
  • Flake the fish and add the mixture into the warmed zakouski cases to serve.

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4 responses to “Tomato and Thyme Fish Zakouski”

  1. Honest Mum says:

    Oh wow these look fabulous and with a pescatarian husband I’m always on the look out for new fish dishes, thank you for sharing and linking up to #tastytuesdays!

  2. Ooh these look lovely – I have some of these pastry cases to try out too 🙂

  3. Galina V says:

    That sounds lovely! I love individual mini-helpings of fish dishes.

  4. Ice says:

    I love that it is bite size! I’ll try this one out. Thanks

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