Tarakihi Mornay

Tarakihi Mornay


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Poached tarakihi fillets smothered in a cheese sauce, covered with breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese then baked until golden brown and delicious.

CheekyKiwi Canterbury, New Zealand

Serves: 4 

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tarakihi fillets
  • 30g butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 60g grated tasty cheese
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 20g Parmesan cheese

Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Stir together water, vinegar and salt. Add the fish fillets then bring to a boil. Boil until fish flakes easily with a fork. Set in the greased baking dish.
  3. In a saucepan melt butter, then stir in flour with a fork. Whisk in milk then whisk in salt and cayenne. Bring to a boil and stir until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and tasty cheese. Pour over fish.
  4. Sprinkle breadcrumbs and Parmesan over the top then bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.


If you don't have tarakihi, you can use any white fish, including hoki, cod, snapper or gurnard. I just prefer tarakihi for this recipe.

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