Catfish and Potato Pie (Pastel de Bagre y Papa)

by Erica Dinho on November 13, 2009

Catfish and Potato PieThis catfish and potato pie is a traditional Colombian dish. Catfish or bagre is a popular fish in Colombia and we cook it in many different ways, this cake being one of them. I prepared it in individual servings this time for a little change as it in normally served in one larger baking dish. Any other type of white fish would work in place of the catfish and you can even add shrimp if you like, which makes for a delicious addition!



(4 servings)

  • 4 (6oz) catfish fillets
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 fish bouillon tablet
  • 4 tablespoons butter, plus more to grease the baking pans
  • ½ tablespoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chives (For garnish)
  • Colombian Catfish and Potato Pie

  • Directions

    1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  • Greased 4 small baking dishes with butter .Set a side.
  • Cook the potatoes in salted water for about 7 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • In a medium skillet melt the butter over medium high heat, sauté the onions and garlic for about 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the heavy cream, fish bouillon, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Let it cool and add the beaten eggs.
  • Season the fish fillets with cumin, paprika, salt and pepper.
  • To assemble: Place a layer of potatoes on the bottom of each baking dish. Add about 2 tablespoons of the heavy cream mixture on top. Place a fish fillet on top of the potatoes and top with another layer of potatoes and 2 tablespoons of heavy cream mixture. Sprinkle bread crumbs and parmesan cheese on top and bake for about 25 minutes or until cook. Garnish with fresh chives and serve.
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    { 27 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Sarah Naveen November 13, 2009 at 8:55 AM

    oooh!!!!! Thats a wonderful combo…LOve it and wanna gobble up now!!!


    2 Tangled Noodle November 13, 2009 at 8:58 AM

    What a beautiful dish! I love catfish although it’s not as easy to find here in the Midwest as it is in the South. Still, that shouldn’t stop us from enjoying some version of pastel de bagre y papa. 8-)


    3 anncoo November 13, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    I love catfish and potato very much and this sounds great :D


    4 KennyT November 13, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    It’s a great dish for the chilling weather here in Hong Kong now!!!


    5 Erica November 13, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Thank you guys for the comments!


    6 Claudia Medeiros November 13, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Just stopping by and wishing you a wonderful weekend ! :D


    7 Kim November 13, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    I love those casserole dishes!


    8 Jhonny Walker November 13, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Oh lord!…catfish.. I once did a post on catfish. But this is mindblowing. You are super good…you know that..right? :) :)


    9 Nat November 13, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    I LOVE baked fish pie…and hardly ever see it anywhere though… or make it at home for that matter…this is so yummy looking… I have to try it…have to have to…have to !…
    PS : I have joined you on twitter…did you see my note ?…


    10 Simply Life November 13, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Oh this looks like the perfect comfort dish! I would love that for dinner right now! =)


    11 Erica November 13, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    Thank you everyone for taking the time to read my post :)


    12 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie November 13, 2009 at 11:10 PM

    Such a delicious pie – great combo!


    13 Barbara November 14, 2009 at 7:10 AM

    We can get catfish easily in Florida- I’ll have to try your baked pie…it looks delicious!


    14 Oysterculture November 14, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    I’ve not cooked much with cat fish but you certainly have me tempted!


    15 Erica November 14, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Thank you everyone for visiting my site :)


    16 Gloria November 14, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Erika I love your blog. I enoyed! Erika anda a verme, soy de Chile, mi blog es en español e inglès, cariños



    17 Hummingbird Appetite November 14, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    I just want to take my spoon and dig in!


    18 kisscali November 15, 2009 at 6:13 AM

    apuntando en el cuaderno de recetas , se ve delicioso , nunca lo comi asi solo en caldo , sancocho o empanado, mucha gracias por la receta ,un saludo


    19 yasmeen November 16, 2009 at 11:09 AM

    Sounds like a yummy combo :D


    20 the epicurean's market November 16, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    This looks so tasty! A nice spin to everyday cooking.


    21 Erica November 22, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Thank you all for the wonderful comments!


    22 Clara March 3, 2010 at 9:34 AM

    I made this for a dinner party. It was very good.


    23 Anonymous April 12, 2010 at 10:45 AM

    I made this recipe and we loved it! I made it exactly as your recipe and it was perfect!


    24 iVAN July 8, 2010 at 3:13 PM



    25 Karen December 20, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    I also made this dish for the graduation party for a Colombian friend. They said it was not traditional for those from Bogota but it did not prevent anyone from enjoying it. Not surprisingly it was the Americans from the Southern states that enjoyed the creamy catfish concoction the most. I thought it had the same flavor profiles as tuna noodle casserole. Which to me means, today’s post party comfort food!


    26 Lacey January 22, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Aunque mi marido no es un fanatico de pescado, yo quisiera probar a cocinar eso plato tan delicioso. El es caleno y yo soy americana. Yo uso My Colombian Recipes con frequencia! Gracias por todo Erica!


    27 Chris green March 6, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Great recipe… Could not find fish bouillon at the grocery store so I substituted with old bay seasoning and chicken bouillon instead. I couldn’t figure out how cool the cream mixture should of been, I.e room temp or chilled… So I made an educated guess and let it sit till it was warm. Just about to put it in the oven as I type this


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