Smoked haddock scotch eggs

A delicious alternative to the Scotch egg taken from the Woman’s Weekly archives. This fishy version was first featured in a issue in 1940
Makes: 6
Prep time: 45 mins
Cooking time: 4 mins
Total time: 49 mins
Skill level:Easy peasy




    • 250g (8oz) smoked haddock


    • 150ml (¼ pint) milk


    • 30g (1oz) butter


    • 45g (1½oz) flour


    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


    • Freshly grated nutmeg


    • 3 medium hard-boiled eggs


    • 1 medium egg, beaten


    • 125g (4oz) fresh white breadcrumbs


    • Oil, for deep-frying






    1. Put the fish and milk in a shallow pan, bring just to the boil, then cover and simmer for 5 mins, until fish is just tender. Take fish out with a draining spoon and leave to cool for a few mins.


    1. Make the hot milk up to 150ml (¼ pint) with more milk, if necessary. Pour into a small pan, adding the butter, bring to the boil, then whisk in the flour quickly to make a very thick, smooth paste. Cook for a min. Take it off the heat.


    1. Skin and flake fish finely into the sauce, with seasoning and nutmeg. Spoon the mixture on to a plate and spread it out evenly. Chill until it’s firm.


    1. Shell and halve the boiled eggs. Divide the fish mixture into 6 portions and place half an egg in the middle of each one. With floured hands, wrap fish mixture around egg to cover it completely, and then shape it into a round.


    1. Brush fishcakes with beaten egg (half the egg should be plenty), then coat them in breadcrumbs. Deep-fry in hot oil until golden brown — about 4 mins. Drain on kitchen towel and serve warm (or leave to go cold) with salad.



Nutritional information per portion



fat 18.0g saturates 5.0g calories 311(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.