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
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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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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.

Sarah Pooley's picture

Left out the eggs too and added prawns. A hit with the whole family...plus easy for me (who is a hopeless cook).

west1871's picture

I agree, eggs are great in a proper British fish pie

egglover666's picture

This is a family favourite, however I make sure I add additional eggs to this recipe as I can't get enough of that great eggy taste. After all a fish pie isn't a fish pie without boiled eggs!

luckli's picture
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Ive also made this several times without the eggs. I think it tastes as good, after its been frozen

sjread's picture
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Great recipe simple to cook. Delicious I will be making it again.

angelabygrave's picture
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I have barely cooked anything in my life but this fish pie was amazing and so easy to follow. It went down a treat and my baby and toddler loved it too.

picklepea's picture
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Delicious recipe and very easy! Unlike most posters i 'did' add the eggs as all my old fish recipe does and it adds a depth of flavour...however I did mash them rather than quarter of them. I used cod, smoked haddock and prawns - and my whole family enjoyed it - will use again most definately!!

happydays95's picture

Have made this with different white and smoked fish, try coley for a change, it's a cheaper fish and sometimes over looked, it's not as white as haddock or cod but in a fish pie it doesn't matter, done it with and without eggs and hubby and I prefer it with eggs.grate some nutmeg in with the mash, yes I agree, leave out the cheese.

cattrall81's picture

I'm not really a big fish fan but were having midweek dinner guests so I wanted something easy and different. This was brilliant. I used haddock, smoked mackeril and prawns and the flavour was wonderful. As people had sugested about I left out the eggs. Will not hesitate to make this again!

chesty's picture
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My 12yr old son makes this regularly , but omits the egg and adds chopped deseeded tomatoes and spring onions. If I'd just put it in front of him, he'd have turned his nose up at it, but, because he helped make it the first time, it is now a firm favourite.
We leave off the cheese too, but put plenty of seasoning in the mash.

karenbad's picture

My four year old's favourite meal! I leave out eggs, use hake and smoked trout, and add chopped chives. Yum!

zoehill's picture
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I didnt add the eggs either. this fish pie was easy and lovely the nugmeg really made it we will make it again.

jennyhen86's picture

Didn't add the eggs either due to comments from other people! This was really good, although I used a lot more milk than the recipe called for and I'm glad I did because the sauce was just right. My partner loved it :)

heathereilbeck's picture
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Gorgeous! Rooted through the freezer and found a monkfish tail, a skate wing and a cod fillet to use with with the smoked haddock for this recipie. My partner gave me some odd looks with the selection of fish that I'd chosen, but the result was a wonderful fish supper that we enjoyed with friends on Good Friday. Everyone loved it. Would definitely make this again.

sam_roberts88's picture
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Delicious! I left out the eggs and used sweetcorn & peas - so tasty - will def be making again.

susanalford's picture

really didn't like this recipe, the eggs spoiled it, have tried it without the eggs, much better by far !!!!

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