Fish pie - in four steps

Fish pie - in four steps

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Prep: 45 mins Cook: 30 mins


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

  • Freeze without eggs only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal824
  • fat40g
  • saturates22g
  • carbs61g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre4g
  • protein60g
  • salt3.12g
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  • 400g skinless white fish fillet
  • 400g skinless smoked haddock fillet
  • 600ml full-fat milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 1 small onion, quartered



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 4 cloves



    The dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a wide variety…

  • 2 bay leaf
  • 4 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • small bunch parsley, leaves only, chopped



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

  • 100g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 50g plain flour
  • pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1kg floury potato, peeled and cut into even-sized chunks



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

  • 50g cheddar, grated



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…


  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.

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Comments (276)

vickifairbang's picture

i made this for fridays tea, it was wonderful. i did it with eggs and glad i did, they were really tasty with all the other ingredients. i added crayfish tails, only because my daughter loves them, and i cheated by using frozen mash!!!!! will be making again for sure.

gloved's picture

Absolutely delicious and easy to make - :)

angelarobinson's picture

This is so easy...I leave out the herbs and seasoning and my 1 year old loves it. Makes me feels better coz he normally gets jars of baby food as I am so rubbish at cooking!

crocker04's picture

i have made this dish with and without egg in it, and we think it is really nice with the egg in it. even my son tried it, so its got to be good.

rosemartin's picture

Delicious and easy to make. I left eggs out too though. Poor eggs!

charlenep82's picture

I love this recipe and have recommended it to everyone!

I have never made anything by myself before but found this recipe easy to follow. Based on the the reviews I also left out the eggs and it tasted great.

I will definitely be using this recipe again and again.

verdinca's picture

If you really don't like hard boiled eggs in this dish try Jamie Oliver's version, he crack raw eggs in over the fish, delicious, also has a bed of spinach. Great recipe, made if heaps of times, for four or adjust for two portions.

linserella's picture

Awesome, this is what THE perfect fish pie tastes like....!

robertsymmons's picture

I make this with adding prawns . Also i love the egg in too- makes it for me!!! for people on a tight buget or for quickness use special offer packs of frozen butterfish, on offer most of the time in supermarkets. And use packet mash potato to save time!!
dont forget to grate cheese on top!!

wwestbury's picture

Tastes good, I used Salmon, Haddock and Prawns. It's not really 4-step as you need to start the potatoes after step 2, otherwise you're waiting around for the mash.

tarryho's picture

Made this for my family, including my dad who isn't really a lover of fish, everyone, especially my dad loved it. After reading everyone's comments Re: eggs, I halved the quantity but will make it with the full quantity next time.

lulup74's picture

Great fish pie - I love fish & rarely cook it but this was so easy I will defo make again. The eggs were lovely in the pie & I used semi-skimmed milk for the white suace and it worked just as well the obly thing was that it seemed a little thicker than expected so I added a splash of white wine to it which made it thinner & added a tad more flavour too!

cicilefrou's picture

I left out the prawns but added some mushrooms and peas with salmon and smoked haddock. Used a cheddar and mozarella topping. Served with chunky carrott batons. Practically had to beat my family off the leftovers which we will have for supper tonight. Yum!!

leannehiggs2000's picture

Missed out the eggs and had to mix semi-skimmed milk with a bit of single cream as didn't have full fat milk! Tasted ok though. Would recomend the cream but not to poach the fish in!

milly200411's picture

An absolute winner- with this dish you can't go wrong!!!! The perfect make ahead dish for dinner parties... I just slotted it in the oven for an hour before guests arrived, and served with salad-easy peasy!!! And it went down a treat!!!

james007's picture

I made this last night for the second time in a about a month. The first time I made it with smoked coley and cod with sweetcorn. Absolutely lovely. The 2nd time I used a few prawns and some salmon as well - husband preferred more smoked fish, he likes the stronger flavour. I have passed this recipe on, its a lovely quick and easy dish. I also left out the eggs based on previous recommendations and hubby doesn't like eggs.

bby-princess-tashax's picture

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

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

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

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!


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