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 (275)

debs3016's picture

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

gaynormac111's picture

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

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

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

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

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

jencenny's picture

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

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

I made this with salmon and prawns, I added gently fried leeks too. Lovely.

dianepardoe's picture

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

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 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!

Pheebsnan's picture

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

sjread's picture

Great recipe simple to cook. Delicious I will be making it again.


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