A generous portion of fish pie is often considered the ultimate Friday night treat. With creamy fillings and buttery pastry or mash toppings, it can be easy to overindulge in this classic comfort food. However, being rich in omega-3, vitamin D and high-quality protein, fish is incredibly beneficial to well-being and with a few simple tweaks, you can enjoy a nutritious pie without piling on the pounds.
We've come up with five fish pies that use clever ingredient substitutions, exciting flavours and maximise on veg to provide luxurious yet light meals packed with goodness. Go on, serve yourself a slice of pie perfection.
1. Salmon en croûte
Serve up a salmon showstopper that's good for you. We've given this dinner party classic a makeover with a few simple swaps. By replacing puff pastry with filo and using half-fat crème fraîche instead of double cream, both saturated fat and calories are substantially reduced. As well as omega-3 rich salmon, the filling is packed with a flavourful herby mushroom and watercress mix that delivers a healthy dose of B vitamins, iron and minerals.
2. Puffed salmon & spinach fish pie
Boost your veg intake and create an attractive speckled green topping by adding iron-rich spinach to mashed potatoes. The fish stock is infused with bay leaves, cloves and mustard for a rich, full-bodied flavour. With delicate flaky cod and salmon coated in a light yet creamy sauce, this deluxe dish is the ultimate crowd-pleaser.
3. Mediterranean fish gratins
Transport your tastebuds to the sunny shores of the Mediterranean. This satisfying supper combines cod and king prawns with tomato sauce, citrus and fennel for a tangy taste sensation that also delivers two of your five-a-day. Top with herb and parmesan breadcrumbs for the perfect crunchy finish. Individual portions can be made ahead and frozen, making them ideal for fuss-free entertaining.
4. Fish pie with swede & potato topping
This cod and prawn fish pie is super simple to make and ups the veg content by including swede in the mash topping. Using low-fat cottage cheese and cornflour in the filling delivers that thick, silky texture you want from a fish pie while curbing the calories.
5. Fish pie with pea & dill mash
The peas, dill and lemon in the mash topping of this hearty pie add plenty of flavour and provide two of your five-a-day. Make it for an easy midweek meal and increase your veg portions to three by serving with Tenderstem broccoli or spinach.
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