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)



  • 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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wizk12's picture

What a lovely pie this recipe makes. I doubled up on the dijon mustard and didn't put in any sweetcorn.

Next time, I think I will add some white wine and a finely chopped onion to the sauce, substitute some of the milk for cream. Maybe some breadcrumbs on the top for some crunchy texture.

sweetuphoria's picture
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Best fish pie recipe i have tried. All my family enjoyed it (even the baby!). I didnt put any cheese into the white sauce (as i was trying to keep it low salt) but i just sprinkled some cheese on the potato before cooking. It was lovely!

SamP mum of 3's picture
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Fabulous fish pie! So very tasty, followed the suggestions with using half cream half milk and doubled up on the mustard. All the family raved about it, will defo make again. Yummy !

missbakergirl's picture

Absolutely scrummy! I used 300ml of double cream & 100ml milk and smoked salmon & smoked haddock.

babs60's picture
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Very tasty but I did use less liquid & used a mixture of milk & double cream. I also left out the petits pois & the frozen sweetcorn & added two small packets of mixed seafood (prawns, squid & muscles). Will definitely be making this again.

mcallisterliza's picture
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Love this dish. We also add garlic and one whole white onion. We also used thinly sliced potato for the topping in stead of mash. Brill recipe!!

Hibiscus66's picture

I've made this twice now and each time it's all gobbled up, none left for later it's that delicious. My 2 young sons can be fussy eaters and they even eat the corn and peas in this. Thank you for sharing a great receipe.

MrsH1978's picture
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Nice and easy and very tasty. Will definitely make again

donnatellamoff's picture

Very easy and very delicious!

Ellicks's picture

This was a easy popular dish with my family ,I had already cooked a bag of baby potatoes so I cut them in half and put them all over the fish pie and then the cheese on top this went down a treat and made a lovely change from mash potatoe !

samzzie0504's picture
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delicious fish pie, will be making it again, i plan my meals so good food is a perfect website to look up recipes, i have already found 2 recipes for this week menu planner, lasagne and green thai curry.

grant9577's picture
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This fish pie is delicious! I use 200 ml double cream & 100ml milk instead of the 300ml of milk. I also use cheddar and Parmesan on top as it gives a lovely crunchy topping. Not exactly diet food but it raises it to an easy meal you can entertain with !

alexandliz's picture

This was nice and easy and the kids both had second helpings and clean plates all round. :-).

LadycougarB's picture

I added white wine and grated cheddar cheese to this recipe which gave it a lovely taste. I also replaced the mash topping with a crumble topping using fresh breadcrumbs, porridge oats, butter and cheshire cheese cheese....Delicious :)

millimoomoo's picture

This has become a regular in our house. My 14mth old loves it too. A good way of getting fish into his diet and it freezes well too. I don't add cheese to the sauce, don't think it needs it. But I do use 2 bunches of spring onions to give more flavour. Oh and a really good dollop of mustard in the sauce.

radiance's picture

No need for cheese or milk or indeed sweetcorn unless you want obese baby with later diabetes and clgged arteries. Easy to make - layer of fish, layer of spinach or other green, sprinkle black pepper and nutmeg followed by plain mash (no milk as babies are like cats they do not have a gut that copes until much older) bung dish in oven for 20 mins. I always made large dish for us and ramekin for baby son who adored this

katiefranklin's picture

Omg, not sure how old your baby is but babies and toddlers need fat for calories for the massive growth they are doing - its not going to make them obese as part of a balanced diet. You shouldn't restrict their diet like you might your own.

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!