Fish pie - in four steps

Fish pie - in four steps

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Cooking time

Prep: 45 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Delicious and easy - a fish pie anyone can make. You'll learn how to poach fish and make a white sauce too

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freeze without eggs only
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
824
protein
60g
carbs
61g
fat
40g
saturates
22g
fibre
4g
sugar
10g
salt
3.12g

Ingredients

  • 400g skinless white fish fillet
  • 400g skinless smoked haddock fillet
  • 600ml full-fat milk
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 eggs
  • small bunch parsley, leaves only, chopped
  • 100g butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1kg floury potato, peeled and cut into even-sized chunks
  • 50g cheddar, grated

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Method

  1. Poach the fish. Put the fish in the frying pan and pour over 500ml of the milk. Stud each onion quarter with a clove, then add to the milk, with the bay leaves. Bring the milk just to the boil – you will see a few small bubbles. Reduce the heat and simmer for 8 mins. Lift the fish onto a plate and strain the milk into a jug to cool. Flake the fish into large pieces in the baking dish.
  2. Hard-boil the eggs. Bring a small pan of water to a gentle boil, then carefully lower the eggs in with a slotted spoon. Bring the water back to a gentle boil, with just a couple of bubbles rising to the surface. Set the timer for 8 mins, cook, then drain and cool in a bowl of cold water. Peel, slice into quarters and arrange on top of the fish, then scatter over the chopped parsley.
  3. Make the sauce. Melt half the butter in a pan, stir in the flour and cook for 1 min over moderate heat. Take off the heat, pour in a little of the cold poaching milk, then stir until blended. Continue to add the milk gradually, mixing well until you have a smooth sauce. Return to the heat, bringto the boil and cook for 5 mins, stirring continually, until it coats the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg, then pour over the fish.
  4. Assemble and bake. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Boil the potatoes for 20 mins. Drain, season and mash with the remaining butter and milk. Use to top the pie, starting at the edge of the dish and working your way in – push the mash right to the edges to seal. Fluff the top with a fork, sprinkle with cheese, then bake for 30 mins. Make up to a day ahead, chill, then bake for 40 mins.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2007

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wighst's picture

This was great! I combined 800g of white fish, smoked haddock and salmon. I included the eggs in the recipe and pleased I did as it really added to the flavour.

carrow's picture

this has to be the best fish pie i have tasted, i used a bag of fish mix and added smoked cheese to the white sauce I also added peas and mushrooms. eaten and enjoyed by everyone including my 2 year who doesn`t really like fish. will be making again

last edited: 16:37, 21st Jun, 2013
stellacsg's picture
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I did the salmon version and also added some peas. Tasted delicious and very easy to make. Will be making this again.

kelmoose81's picture
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Made this for tea tonight and added some king prawns and garden peas, was very good and so easy to make!

suzydaniels's picture
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Excellent recipe. I did make a few minor changes: I sprinkled parmesan cheese and dried dill over the fish before putting the mashed potato over the fish. I also substituted some of the potatoes for sweet potato.

lindsayloorolls's picture
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Wanted to introduce more fish to our diets as we don't eat enough. My two sons are slightly fussy with fish, if they can smell it they won't eat it! Well this recipe went down a treat. I used haddock and cod, boneless and skinless and they loved it. The egg was an extra bonus and mash is always a winner, especially if cheese is included. It's an easy recipe with few ingredients. I can now serve fish and the boys even my 9 month old, look forward to it and enjoy it and want more. Job done as far as I am concerned.

wallislord's picture

This was lovely. I added leeks with the onions, cooked them together and then added to milk and fish- it was gorgeous. We used peas and corn- lovely pie. Make sure you drain the onions and fish mixture well to make sure your pie I'd not too liquids.

lesley_m's picture

Made today & split between 2 dishes. Good fish pie tho no eggs in mine & added sweet corn to it. Sauce of right consistency but needs more flavour thinking about adding whole grain mustard to sauce next time.

despinamina's picture
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loved it! easy to follow steps and tasted lovely. Have never used river cobbler but thought this was a good recipe to try it out on. I used semi skimmed milk instead of full fat and I dont think it comprimised the taste at all. I think I could use slightly less potato but will be making this again!

clairemc28's picture
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I too omitted the eggs as I just didn't like the sound of it with them. I added raw king prawns and used semi-skimmed milk with some double cream added. It was delicious. I followed the quantities in this recipe but as there was only two of us eating I froze the leftovers for another day.

jeanius's picture
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I made this exactly as the recipe, including the eggs (this is traditional). My only tip would be to buy your fish skinless or get your fishmonger to do this for you. Getting the skin off the fish was the most time consuming part of this recipe. Delicious, easy and can be prepared in advance.

p33gl3t's picture
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I like it with the eggs though.

djryry15's picture
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Great recipe. I love it! Don't put eggs in though.

djryry15's picture
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Great recipe. I love it! Don't put eggs in though. :-/

p33gl3t's picture
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This is a super excellent recipe! I made this last night and 2 of my friends who have not eaten fish pie before, loved it! Furthermore, I can't believe that I actually made a fish pie!!!

pickersgill3's picture

Made this pie today and although say it myself, it was perfect! Noticed that a lot of people left out the eggs. I feel they added flavour to the dish. Will defiantly do it again.

simonchampion's picture
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Loving the defiance ;-)

arterialclamp's picture

To me it seems strange to put boiled eggs in a fish pie so I leave them out. I had a little bit of smoked salmon in the fridge so I added that and it gave a lovely extra hit of flavour :)

simonchampion's picture
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The eggs make it, you don't know what you're missing!

salyane72's picture

An all round favourite - even requested as valentine dinner :)

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