This version of a classic Russian fish pie uses ingredients most of us have in our pantry and fridge all the time. It’s a really tasty pie and super easy to make.
A coulibiac is a type of Russian Pirog usually filled with salmon or sturgeon, rice or buckwheat, hard-boiled eggs, mushrooms, onions, and dill. The pie is baked in a pastry shell, usually of brioche or puff pastry. The dish was so popular in Russia in the early part of the 20th century that Auguste Escoffier, the famed French chef, brought it to France and included recipes for it in his masterwork, The Complete Guide to the Art of Modern Cookery. A classic grand coulibiac features several fillings, often a mixture of some white fish and rice for the top and bottom layers with fillets of sturgeon or salmon between. The most unusual ingredient commonly included in the grand version of the dish is vesiga, the spinal marrow of the sturgeon.
Coulibiac is also made with simpler, vegetarian fillings like cabbage or potatoes.