Fish pie with swede & potato topping

Fish pie with swede & potato topping

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(89 ratings)

Ready in about 1¼ hours


Serves 4
Making fish pie can be a palaver - not this one! Reassuringly simple, and ready in just over an hour

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy


  • kcal359
  • fat5g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre5g
  • protein45g
  • salt1.34g
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  • 500g floury potato, cut into chunks



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 1 medium swede (weighing about 600g/1lb 5oz), cut into chunks



    A member of the cabbage family, the swede is often confused with the turnip, though they look…

  • 200g tub low-fat soft cheese with garlic and herbs
  • 150ml vegetable stock
  • 4 tsp cornflour, blended with 2 tbsp cold water
  • 650g skinless, boneless cod, cut into large chunks



    A popular mild-flavoured saltwater fish mainly found in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Cod…

  • 100g cooked peeled prawn



    There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…

  • 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Cook the potatoes and swede in boiling water until tender (about 20 minutes).

  2. Preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5/fan 170C.While the potatoes and swede cook, put the soft cheese and stock into a large saucepan and heat gently, stirring with a wooden spoon, until blended and smooth. Now add the blended cornflour and cook until thick.

  3. Stir the fish into the sauce with the prawns and parsley. Season with some pepper.

  4. Tip the mixture into a 1.5 litre/2¾ pint baking dish. Drain the potatoes and swede, mash them well and season with black pepper. Spoon the mash over the fish to cover it completely. Bake for 25-30 minutes until piping hot, then transfer to a hot grill for a few minutes to brown the top. Serve with frozen peas or sweetcorn.

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Comments (130)

allendeath's picture

This was ok but I don't think I will be making it again as I prefer a fish pie with a runny texture to the filling. In this recipie the filling was quite solid, if I did make it again then I think it wouldbe best to omit the cornflour for a runny consistency.

duxelle's picture

The easiest fish pie I've ever made and it was delicious - even my partner whose not too keen on fish pies thoroughly enjoyed it.

sdgcd01's picture

The first meal I cooked for my husband back in 2003 when it first appeared in GFM. We've tried the recipe with so many different combinations of fillings - it works perfectly every time. Brilliant

zenalae's picture

i made this last night, with sweet potato top and half normal cod, half smaoked cod and king prawns. went down really well but the sauce was a little too runny for me, even though i added an extra teaspoon of cornflour! would make again though.

rachel2728's picture

Amazing the best fish pie ever and really simple to make. I used salmon, cod and prawns and used a combination of the garlic mousse cheese and the herb mousse cheese from Lidl. My one year old loved it so much he had two portions!

g3mmawild's picture

Sooooooo tasty, yet so simple! I've made this several times now including for a family meal, and everyone loved it!
For someone new to cooking this is perfect to impress!

messyjessie86's picture

I usually substitute some of the cod for a fish pie mix, both for variety and the fact that cod is so expensive these days. A very tasty recipe, I usually rotate this recipe with the more indulgent one on this site. Both are tasty recipes, but the other isn't so saintly for your waistline!:)

lwills's picture

Made this last night for my partner and me. Didn't have many potatoes, so used a couple of sweet potatoes and 2 parsnips instead of swede. Also used half fat creme fraiche instead of the cheese, I find it's generally cheaper then some soft cheese, and can be used in more recipes.

It tasted fantastic, I've tried a few fish pie recipes and this is definately the best! Adaptable too, throw in some peas or spinach into the sauce, or a splash of white wine!

Julesworthy's picture

At first I wasn't sure about the soft cheese sauce, but it all worked out perfectly! A great way to use a whole swede as I almost never use a whole one from the veg box. I would definitely make this again!

splodgemeister's picture

This is the simplest fish pie recipe I have ever tried and by far one of the tastiest! I loved the swede and potato topping it made a delicious change to plain old mash. I added peas and chopped boiled egg to the sauce to bulk it out even more. Will definitely be having this again! Yum!

nickejames's picture

Excellent recipe, made last night for friends and they loved it too! So easy to make and very tasty.

charlo88's picture

I've used this recipe a few times now, either using all fish or adding prawns. Everytime I make it,it succeeds in leaving clean plates and everyone wanting seconds!!

boznic's picture

Great! I used a frozen seafood mix (de-frosted) containing prawns, mussels and calimari, and I used smoked cod too. The whole family enjoyed it.

boznic's picture

Great! I used a frozen seafood mix (defrosted)with prawns mussles and calimari, and fresh smoked cod, the whole family enjoyed it.

lizlemur's picture

This is absolutely delicious. I was amazed and delighted how well this turned out; just the right amount of sauce and really great on the low cal front. I made two a big version and a baby version, leaving out the prawns and using full fat cheese for the baby and he ate the lot and so did we. Will be making this one again

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sorry forgot to rate this recipe

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sorry forgot to rate this recipe

Little.Lisa's picture

great recipe! quick and simple, never tried swede before but tasted really nice. made this for the family went down a treat except for one that didn't like prawns. added mushrooms, peas and sweetcorn in the pie too makeit go further, was plenty to go around.

ginpop's picture

Excellent.Enjoyed by Granddaughters age 4 1/2 and 2 1/2. Used luxury fish selection plus prawns, peas and boiled eggs. No swede but used cheese in and on mash. Not so low fat but good!

cathyjellicoe's picture

this recipe is quick easy and very very taste!!


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