Indulge in the unique flavors of Galicia with our Lamprey Pie, a culinary masterpiece that celebrates the region's rich seafood heritage. Made with tender lamprey, a jawless fish revered for its delicate taste and velvety texture, this pie is a true gastronomic delight. Encased in a buttery pastry crust and infused with savory spices, each bite offers a symphony of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. Whether enjoyed as a decadent appetizer or a hearty main course, our Galician Lamprey Pie promises an unforgettable dining experience that captures the essence of coastal Spain.


For the pastry crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 6-8 tablespoons ice water

For the filling:

  • 2 pounds lamprey, cleaned and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (for thickening)
  • Egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water)


1- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

2- To make the pastry crust, in a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Add the cubed butter and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

3- Gradually add the ice water, one tablespoon at a time, mixing until the dough just comes together. Be careful not to overwork the dough. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

4- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and garlic, and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.

5- Add the pieces of lamprey to the skillet and cook until they start to brown, about 5-7 minutes.

6- Stir in the white wine, tomato paste, paprika, salt, pepper, and bay leaves. Simmer for another 5 minutes.

7- Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir well to combine. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly. Remove from heat and stir in the chopped parsley. Allow the filling to cool slightly.

8- Roll out the chilled pastry dough on a lightly floured surface to fit your pie dish. Line the bottom of the pie dish with half of the pastry dough.

9- Spoon the cooled lamprey filling into the pie dish, spreading it out evenly.

10- Cover the filling with the remaining pastry dough. Crimp the edges to seal the pie and cut a few slits in the top to allow steam to escape.

11- Brush the top of the pie with the egg wash.

12- Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

13- Remove from the oven and let the pie cool for a few minutes before serving.

14- Slice and serve your Galician Lamprey Pie warm, and enjoy the rich flavors of this traditional dish from the region of Galicia!

Nutritional Values :

All-purpose flour (2 1/2 cups):

  • Calories: 1080
  • Carbohydrates: 228g
  • Protein: 30g
  • Fat: 2g
  • Fiber: 8g

benefits : Provides carbohydrates for energy, fiber for digestion, and some protein for muscle repair and growth.

Unsalted butter (1 cup):

  • Calories: 1628
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Fat: 184g
  • Fiber: 0g

benefits : a good source of fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K. It also provides essential fatty acids and is a dense source of calories for energy.

Lamprey (2 pounds):

  • Calories: 846
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Protein: 174g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Fiber: 0g

benefits: Rich in protein which is essential for building and repairing tissues in the body. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids which are beneficial for heart health

Onions (2 medium-sized):

  • Calories: 100
  • Carbohydrates: 23g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Fiber: 4g

benefits : High in antioxidants such as quercetin, which may reduce inflammation and lower the risk of chronic diseases. Onions also contain fiber, vitamins C and B6, and potassium.

Garlic (3 cloves):

  • Calories: 13
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g

benefits : Contains compounds like allicin, which have potent medicinal properties including boosting the immune system, reducing blood pressure, and improving cholesterol levels.

Olive oil (2 tablespoons):

  • Calories: 239
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Fat: 28g
  • Fiber: 0g

benefits : A healthy source of monounsaturated fats, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease and improve cholesterol levels. It also contains antioxidants that may have anti-inflammatory effects.

Dry white wine (1/2 cup):

  • Calories: 121
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g

benefits : Contains antioxidants like resveratrol, which may have heart-protective effects. Moderate consumption may also have some benefits for heart health and longevity.

Tomato paste (1/4 cup):

  • Calories: 54
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Fiber: 2g

benefits : Rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant associated with reduced risk of certain cancers and heart disease. It also provides vitamins A and C, as well as potassium.

Paprika (1 teaspoon):

  • Calories: 6
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Fiber: 1g

benefits : Contains capsaicin, which may have metabolism-boosting properties and can help reduce appetite. Paprika also provides vitamins A, E, and K, as well as antioxidants.

Parsley (1/4 cup chopped):

  • Calories: 4
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g

benefits : A good source of vitamins K, C, and A, as well as folate and iron. It also contains flavonoids and other compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Please note that these values are approximate and can vary based on factors such as specific brands of ingredients and variations in preparation methods. Additionally, the nutritional values are based on standard USDA data.


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