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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isosalway's picture
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Excellent recipe. FAR TOO MUCH FOR FOUR! More like a dish for 6 or even 8! Lovely and creamy fish pie. Not sure about the eggs either. Might try them sliced next time, or might leave them out altogether. Used big prawns, but little shrimps would have been nicer. Kids liked the cheesy potatoes too.

trevorgaunt's picture

I cooked this for 5 people, we left out the haddock, cod, parsley, potato, onion, cloves, milk, and cheese. Instead, boil the eggs, and save some of the butter. Goes down very very well with toast!

dawsonamanda's picture
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i've made this recipe a few times, with eggs, without eggs and with sweetcorn. prefer it with the eggs and sweetcorn. Easy to make and freezes really well. Made this for friends one evening and they really liked it.

maroonrabbitlife's picture
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This recipe was delicious, I made it with the eggs the first time and it was really, really excellent although don't think I would bother with eggs next time just because they don't really add much to the dish.

amiejuicy's picture
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Like lots of people I didn't put in the eggs, and instead of mash, I used crushed roasted new potatoes, really lovely!!!!

emilysenior's picture
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I included the eggs, but I found I didn't need all the milk. It was delicious and plenty for 4 people!

brenrhudd's picture

I used skimmed milk and I topped with goat's cheese (can't eat cow's cheese) and it absolutely deliscious. I have made it twice now and am about to make a third time to entertain my daughter and her partner with this evening

kazzac's picture
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Easy and tasty. I left out the eggs and added peas instead. Used smoked cod as I couldn't find haddock. A good basic recipe.

shauhouzi's picture
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made it last night
it's really easy and delicious!

clionaf's picture
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This went down really well. We (2 adults & a child) got a second night out of it - it was really filling. We didn't add the eggs, but we did add frozen veg. I used haddock fillets and a smoked mackerel (which was pre-cooked so I didn't poach it).

delllisa's picture
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Made this for the family 3 times now. Absolutely superb and surprisingly quite easy. The family do prefer without the eggs though.
In-fact, making again tonight :)

katycooks's picture
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Well, I messed up by not adding in the white sauce and had to scrape off the mash (which was a very messy exercise), but it still ended up tasting lovely. I included the egg but mashed it rather than leaving it in chunks. I also added peas.

vonnie's picture
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I made this with some undyed smoked haddock, some whiting, and some salmon, as that was what looked good at the fish counter that day.
It was very easy to prepare and tasted delicious. I didn't add the eggs because I just forgot, and I don't think I'll add them next time as it tasted so good without them (and my kids aren't keen on hard boiled eggs).

staceyb85's picture
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Delicious fish pie recipe! Was just looking for something to use up leftover salmon and haddock peices and came across this, I left out the eggs and added some prawns, peas and leeks and it was gorgeous, will be making this again. It's very easy to make smaller portions too for less people, although it's probably better to make as much as you can because everyone will go back for seconds!!

crinclark's picture
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Lovely, tasty, and simple. The only change I made was to the sauce: instead of making it in another pan, I used the (already milky) measuring jug and slowly blended the flour into a paste with the remaining milk. This could then be briskly stirred into the hot poaching milk, without the extra addition of the butter, without waiting for things to cool down and without dirtying another pan!

ginasnap's picture
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Super recipe - I also left out the eggs and added king prawns instead. Also didn't use as much cheese yet stirred it into the mash. Lastly for some extra richness I used 300mls of semi skimmed milk and added 200mls of cream right at the end and added it to the fish along witha tablespoon of chopped capers.

jenienoyce's picture
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Really easy to follow ... I always add the eggs as they bulk it up and add different flavour. I tend to use (for two) 300g of Fish Pie Mix, Sainsburys or Morrisons both do packets or off the counter, 100g of cooked frozen prawns and 2 eggs.
Usually make it in the morning, refrigerate during the day and reheat later. Works really well :)

gropiman's picture
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I used fresh Red Snapper fish and added a couple of cardamon seeds to the sauce

gropiman's picture
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Tried this three weeks ago, without the eggs. Went down very well indeed. Now a regular dish on the dinner table!

carriek88's picture
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This was amazing! I used a fish pie selection from the deli at my supermarket (smoked and unsmoked haddock, salmon and cod) and didn't use the eggs as I can't stand them! Definitely making this again, it was so easy and yummy!

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