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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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 !!!!

janawo's picture
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Made this last night. Great family meal although kids not sure about the eggs! can't wait to make it again.

classified's picture
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I did not put the eggs in either. Very easy recipe. I did 6 small ones and froze three.

rosalynn's picture
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I cannot cook AT ALL and attempted this last night. The recipe was very easy to follow and tasted absolutely delicious!! I didn't put the eggs in either (I forgot to buy them!) but added some prawns instead. I feel very proud of myself today! :-)

juliahiscock's picture
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I've made this several times, omitting the eggs and including raw peeled prawns. It's now a firm favourite.

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