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 (277)

andy507's picture

I used watercress instead of parsley to add a nice peppery taste.

vanillatimtam's picture

Exellent. Easy to make and tasty. Will make again. (I don't know if four eggs is a bit much. I ended up putting three in along with some peas)

xseetyx's picture

Whoaaa! Stay away from the eggs on this one, ruined it for me. I spent hours in the kitchen putting dinner together only to discover what i though would be my main attraction turned out to be a BIG disappointment....thats £5 worth of fish I will never see again!

xseetyx's picture

Whoaaa! Stay away from the eggs on this one, ruined it for me. I spent hours in the kitchen putting dinner together only to discover what i though would be my main attraction turned out to be a BIG disappointment....thats £5 worth of fish I will never see again!

177272's picture

Wife had to walk to work today because of the snow, i am a teacher and so not in :)

Going to try this for my good lady for her Tea as a treat, wish me luck :)


bonbon-1975's picture

Tried this out for the first time last week & I was so glad I did as it turned out lovely!! followed the recepy exactly - apart from the eggs as I don't really like those! I also used four seperate serving dishes to make them up in instead and everyone was very impressed - clean dishes all round!!

veeshy's picture

Wonderful recipe, the addition of a little white wine (heated to burn off the alcohol) to the buttery flour takes the dish to a new level. Just make sure the buttery flour is all well mixed and the wine is added slowly whilst stiring.

felixstowe2005's picture

Just eaten this fish pie absolutely delicious! Clean plates all round. I as many left out the eggs but as myself and hubby like hard boiled eggs we are going to try it with them next time. This time i added prawns, smoked haddock, unsmoked haddock and salmon. Just wanted to give you a little tip regarding the sauce, just use the same frying pan you have cooked the fish in. You don't need to wait for the milk to cool, pour the milk back in pan, tip the butter and flour into the milk and stir with a whisk whilst bringing to the boil...perfect! No messing around making a roux, i have used this way ever since my daughter brought the recipe home from school and has never let me down..guaranteed no lumps! Good luck and enjoy.

saxo30's picture

Superb recipe! Made it without the eggs as I wanted to freeze the leftovers. Also slightly cheated as I used two packs of pre-prepared fish pie mix (Salmon, Haddock & Smoked Haddock) from Tesco, but it came out perfect - my housemate said it was probably the nicest fish pie she'd had so a big thumbs-up from her too! :D

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Oops forgot to rate it!

jezzalockyer's picture

I have made this pie twice now and its awesome! can anyone tell me to freeze the pie? is it after you put mashed potatoes on top and then freeze or is it without mash potatoes then you freeze or is it after you cooked the whole pie then freeze it? thanks!

zoecrosse86's picture

Does anyone know if you can freeze this ?

lindag01's picture

This is the most wonderful fish recipe I have ever come across. I loved it and I don't usually like fish at all, I'm just trying to be more healthy. I want to feed it to everyone I know now.
I did leave in the eggs and I thought it was one of the best things I have ever tasted in my life. I'm stunned to find myself registering on this site to talk about fish!

mel1983's picture

Taste divine and easy to make - although had real issues in getting my sauce non lumpy! left out the eggs and added prawns - and it had my dubious non-fish loving friend asking for seconds!

ummyusuf's picture

Made this for the 1st time today. Excellent. Did not incl eggs and had no parsley. I used smoked cod and salmon pieces. Served with green beans and baby sweetcorn. Surprised I made the sauce with no probs. Hearty dinner.

susansiddall's picture

This was lovely and not too many ingredients. I added some salmon and prawns just to give it more colour and the fresh parsley was an excellent touch. I'll definitely be making it again.

voguegirlparis's picture

I made this today and it was tasty. I adapted quite a lot to what I had in the house, which was frozen Coley filets, king prawns and slightly soft boiled eggs. I chopped the eggs quite small instead of quartering because I didn't fancy such large chunks of egg. I was dubious about adding egg at all but it is a cheap way of adding protein and bulking up the dish. I also used coriander because it was what I had in the fridge (and I prefer it). This is a tasty dish and moreish...shame it has so many calories!

utbw123's picture

I added the eggs, prawns, peas and sweet corn and also used red potatoes. Yummy. My fiance and I almost finish the whole dish my ourselves You must also try Gordons Ramsey's chocalate fondant which we had for desert. Amazing food I couldnt believe I cooked it.

jayyyx's picture

it doesn't say when to put the parsley in, does anyone know when?

saxonslode's picture

Try this variation for delicious fish lasagne!
Follow steps 1 to 3 keeping the fish aside at the end of 3:
(4). Pour a quarter of sauce into rectangular lasagne dish then cover with lasagne sheets. Cover with fish and eggs then one quarter of sauce. Add further layer of lasagne sheets. Add a layer of peas (defrosted) and a layer of prawns then one quarter of sauce. Add a further lasagne layer, cover with remaining sauce and grate the cheese over the top. Cook in oven at 180 degrees C until golden brown (30-45 minutes). It's as nice as the pie (which is magnificent!). Yummie.


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