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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bby-princess-tashax's picture
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I made this last night for my boyfriend and I. I'm not a fish lover, and I hate eggs. I left the eggs out, but made the rest as specified. I absolutely loved it! My boyfriend was greatful for something different for once and he really liked it too!

boris1239's picture
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I tried this as my parner wants to try and eat more fish so I thought it would be a good winter warmer and I found it good value for money and simple to make. Would recomend it to anyone trying things for the first time. Left out the egg by peoples recomendation though, but could use cheaper fish as an alternative to cod and salmon.

gi_liz's picture
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I tried this recipe last weekend and it was the best pie I have ever tasted!! I was almost put off adding the eggs by some of the previous comments but decided to use them and I would suggest that, unless you don't like eggs, include them!! I used smoked haddock and coley and they worked really well together - will def be using this recipe again x

pingin's picture
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Great recipe. I left out the eggs because I was out but next time will try with them in. I also didn't have smoked haddock or the cheddar so I used some other frozen white fish I had in the freezer. Will definitely it again!

dibbledoo's picture

This was lush! I left out the haddock and instead added tuna and prawns. I also left out the onion and parsley

The eggs are the best bit!!

We had it with green beans and garlic bread...I also like it with tinned tomatoes but this is not to everyones taste!

Recommended for sure and will definitely make this again

debs3016's picture

As i am trying to lose a few lbs would semi skimmed milk work with this recipe?

gaynormac111's picture
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Tried this for the first time last week and it went down a treat. We even had some left over to freeze. Will look forward to having again soon.

darkadarka's picture
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Very nice dish although my beloved (who prepared it) comented that it needs some amendments... I liked it anyway.

verrucci's picture

Chose this recipe from several I googled because I can't imagine fish pie without hard boiled eggs! Very tasty and reminds me of home fifty years ago.

kallywag's picture
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I'm a really novice cook but this great fish pie was so easy. Only complaint is I had none left over! Left out the egg, forgot the parsley, picked up trout fillets by accident instead of salmon and it was still great.

salbal's picture
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Made this at the weekend. Left out the eggs and used coley instead of cod fillets. It was really nice and would definitely make this again.

bella2's picture

What can I use in place of the flour to thicken the milk as I am wheat free! I know I can use things like cornflour or potato flour but how much should I use and what's the best way to add it?

starlight48's picture
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I made this dish for my family and it went down a treat, eggs included! Would definately make again.

jencenny's picture
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Amazing fish pie! I didnt add the eggs cos I dont like em hard boiled but added king prawns. Had a bit of butternut squash so roasted it and then added some to the mashed potato. I had a strong cheddar on top. Probably not essential but Im a cheese fiend! Really good recipe, easy to follow and fantastic results.

kittydowner's picture
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My 1st time cooking fish pie and it was good. My husband loved it! As I was cooking for two, I halved all the ingredients. I didn't have smoked haddock so just used cod fish and some prawns. I also added green peas on top.

As I have lactose intolerance, I used soy milk instead and no cheese. The white sauce is a bit difficult to do; I had so many lumps in in - used a electric whisker to help in the end, and also added more soy milk to make it less thick.

It's good. Next time, I think I will add some onions and/or bacon bits to the mash and also some chilli pepper to the seafood to give it a kick. Thanks for such an easy recipe!

vwoodcock's picture
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I made this with salmon and prawns, I added gently fried leeks too. Lovely.

dianepardoe's picture
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I had some plain fish in the freezer and wanted to 'unboring' it. I followed the recipe exactly adding some chopped chives and sage and the parsley stage. I used the boiled eggs and the cloves in them, which gave the eggs a wonderful flavour. I'd recommend this to anyone as a substantial hot family supper. We served it with asparagus tips and peas. I definately wouldn't leave out the eggs, they really made the whole meal. thank you for a wonderful recipe, I don't think I'll need to use it again, I'm sure I'll remember it was so easy!

saxonslode's picture
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A great recipe. We leave out the eggs, but add a layer of cooked sweetcorn and peas over the sauce, followed by a further layer of thinly sliced, lightly sauteed mushrooms; My grandmother cooked this one sixty years ago!

christopher's picture

Never made fish pie before. My son helped me to make this and we left out the eggs and added prawns instead. It was lovely, Clean plates all round and we will be making again very soon.

sophievankreij's picture

I was a bit weary about doing this dish. But as my husband goes fishing alot and catches alot of cod and sea bass. I was running of of recipes.
I used both these fish and as a lot of you did not add the eggs.
The whole family absolutly loved it. Even my two year old and 7 year old.
Definately be doing it again.

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