Family meals: Easy fish pie

Family meals: Easy fish pie

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins

Skill level



Serves a family of 4 - 6 or makes 6-8 toddler meals

A simple fish pie that’s quick to prepare, portion it into ramekins for quick toddler meals you can pull out of the freezer or cook in a big dish for the whole family

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving (4)

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  • 1kg Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and halved
  • knob of butter
  • splash of milk
  • 25g butter
  • 25g flour
  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 400ml milk
  • 1 x pack fish pie mix (cod, salmon, smoked haddock etc, weight around 320g-400g depending on pack size)
  • 1 tsp Dijon or English mustard
  • ½ a 25g pack or a small bunch chives, finely snipped
  • handful frozen sweetcorn
  • handful frozen petits pois
  • handful grated cheddar

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  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/ 180 fan/ gas mark 6. Put the potatoes in a saucepan and pour over enough water to cover them. Bring to the boil and then simmer until tender. When cooked, drain thoroughly and mash with a splash of milk and some butter. Season with ground black pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, put the butter, flour and spring onions in another pan and heat gently until the butter has melted, stirring regularly. Cook for 1 -2 mins. Gradually whisk in the milk using a balloon whisk if you have one. Bring to the boil, stirring to avoid any lumps and sticking at the bottom of the pan. Cook for 3 – 4 minutes until thickened.
  3. Take off the heat and stir in the cheese (if using), fish, mustard, chives, sweetcorn and peas. Spoon into an ovenproof dish or 6- 8 ramekins.
  4. Spoon the potato on top and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Pop in the oven for 20 - 25 mins or until golden and bubbling at the edges. Alternatively, cover and freeze the pie or mini pies for another time.

Recipe from, June 2012

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Nikkinoo69's picture

A few months since your comment but wondering who advised you against dairy for your baby? Clogged arteries??? Are you serious?

LavenderLifeUK's picture

Caroline Hire says that you can give it to your baby once they are weaned. If someone understand that as once the baby DON'T NEED milk anymore then is fine. But why would you say baby, if you mean toddler? Caroline wasn't clear! Cows milk IS NOT good for a baby. To know why, well, then you need to do your own reaserch.

JoMacedo's picture

Lol this made me laugh. A healthy varied diet is essential. Unless u want all sorts of calcium dificancys related problems. Including cheese and milk!

cccccccc's picture

A bit confused, I thought babies and toddlers need the extra calories from lots of milk and cheese?

nicjk's picture

There is just a list of ingredients on this page, it doesn't say how to make it? Under method it's just blank.

Jugson's picture

I'm finding the same thing which is seriously annoying because I bought all of the ingredients but now can't see anything under 'method'. Can anyone tell me how to fix this it's useless??

riazza11's picture

I struggle to fry an egg at times but i found this recipe to be easy to follow and the result was absolutely delicious!

sarahlou19's picture

Excellent quick & easy.. I added a bag of raw king prawns and some cheese into the sauce for added flavour. A real hit. Thx

george_gee's picture

you never said what size of dish to use

niamh93's picture
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This is the first ever fish pie I have made and it was fantastic everyone loved it. The only thing I changed is I used a onion as didn't have spring onions. I used a good amount of mature cheddar cheese on top as family love that. Very happy I gave it a go and will be making it again :)

samfryer13's picture
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Was lovely the whole family loved it :)

helenprout's picture
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easy to make basic fish pie. i used a small leek in place of the spring onions and added some extra salmon to my fish as i had some leftover from a previous meal. Easily made 6 reasonable sized portions. Would be nice with prawns and I'll try using english mustard next time rather than dijon.

alfie1's picture

Great, easy recipe but could do with knowing what size dish to use. Tasted great!

srscott's picture
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Mine was a bit bland..... when I make it again, I'll probably add a bit of garlic, and use a stronger cheese.

gems21can's picture

Hi, I an planning on trying this today but I have frozen fish mix, do I cook the fish in the sauce for longer, defrost it first or cook the whole pie for a longer time?

samzzie0504's picture
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hi, fish is an easy meat to cook, you dont need to cook it in sauce as stated in recipe. you just take it off heat after you add the milk(well i added half milk and half double cream.) and then add all the other ingriendients you like e.g fish, sweetcorrn, babypeas ect.. the reason you don't cook fish its because its gonna be in the oven which will get cooked maybe an hour gas mark 5 depending on the size of dish, or you could defrost the fish before, hope i helped

sfra01's picture

Hi Gemma. Did you ever get any replies on this coz I've got frozen fish mix too!


wizk12's picture

Hi sfra01. This is a good question. Personally, I'd fully defrost the fish before adding it to the sauce, but there is no need to cook it any longer than fresh fish.

One thing to bear in mind is, you won't be able to freeze an uncooked pie as this would mean the fish would be re-frozen.

flenoir's picture
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This was so easy to make even for a complete beginner like me! I added some prawns to it too and some very strong cheddar to the sauce. The whole family ate the lot and were very impressed with it.

samzzie0504's picture
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lol i too made this first time was too full after first plate where as in my pasta bake i can manage second helpings including family