A generous portion of fish pie is often considered the ultimate Friday night treat. Its creamy fillings and buttery pastry or mash toppings, make it a go-to family meal, especially since it's quick and easy to prepare. To celebrate this traditional British dish, we’ve collated our best twists on this timeless classic, recipes that are perfect for experimenting but keeping that comfort that fish pie brings.


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1. Fish pie fillets

Fillets of fish topped with cream cheese mixed with prawns and topped with filo pastry

These fish pie fillets are easy, quick, low-fat and tasty – what more could you ask for? Simply put the white fish on a baking sheet and top with soft cheese, dill and prawns before topping with filo pastry and popping in the oven for 10 minutes. The recipe is designed to feed four but can easily be halved, so there’s no need to waste anything.

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2. Fish pie tart with minted pea salad

Fish pie tart with minted pea salad

If you want the comfort and creaminess of a traditional fish pie but want something less heavy, then this fish pie tart is for you. Pair the pastry with a delicious minted pea salad for a refreshing, nutritious side.

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3. Fish pie mac ’n’ cheese

Baking dish of fish pie mac and cheese with a chunk missing in the top left corner

Combine fish pie with macaroni to make this crowd-pleasing dinner. Imagine the creaminess of mac 'n' cheese blending seamlessly with the savoury goodness of a traditional fish pie. It's a mouthwatering fusion of textures and flavours that's bound to become a household favourite. The dish freezes well, so you can make it ahead if you like for busy weeknights.

Check out more of our creamy macaroni cheese recipes.

4. Fish & chip pie

Fish pie topped with chips with a chunk missing from the top

We’ve got just what you need this Friday night for the ultimate comfort food fix without needing to order in. Picture this – a homemade pie with all the heartiness you'd expect, joined forces with the nostalgic, comforting vibes of a classic British takeaway. It's like a flavour-packed alliance designed to elevate your dining experience to new heights.

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5. Gnocchi fish pie

Gnocchi fish pie

We've given the classic fish pie a whimsical makeover, replacing the usual mashed potato topping with pillowy-soft gnocchi. The result? A balanced family dinner can be on your table in only thirty minutes. Also discover our Sole fish fingers with smoked eel tartare sauce recipe with the crunch of panko breadcrumbs.

Discover more gnocchi recipes, perfect baked, fried or boiled.

6. Harissa fish pie

Fish pie topped with harissa mashed potatoes

We've taken the classic fish pie and added a spicy twist with the electrifying heat of harissa, then crowned it with sweet potatoes. Beyond its captivating flavours, this dish is a nutritional powerhouse. Packed with essential nutrients and balanced goodness, it's the perfect choice for a hearty family meal.

Check out our guide on the top five health benefits of sweet potatoes to find out more.

7. Puffed salmon & spinach fish pie

Puffed salmon & spinach fish pie

We've taken a beloved classic and elevated it with the vibrant addition of spinach to the mashed potato topping. Beyond its comforting flavours, this dish brings a wealth of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to your table, making it an excellent choice for those seeking a comforting meal that supports overall well-being.

Try our best-ever spinach recipes, from bakes to soups. Then, read more about the top five health benefits of spinach.

8. Filo-topped fish pie

Filo topped fish pie

This reinvented classic promises a new perspective on flavours and textures. Say hello to a dish that breaks free from convention, with vibrant tomato-based fish sauce and delectable, light pastry.

Discover more sweet and savoury recipes that use filo pastry with our filo pastry recipes.

9. Rösti-topped fish pie

Fish pie in a baking dish topped with potato rosti

This rösti-topped fish pie for two can be ready in under an hour and has only three simple steps. Using rösti instead of mashed potato gives your fish pie a crunchy top which complements the texture of the soft fish.

Find more potato rösti recipes, perfect for a snack or side dish.

10. Roast potato fish pie

Fish pie topped with roast potatoes

Swap mashed potato cap in a traditional fish pie, and instead try the golden, crispy roast potato topping. This makes a good option for dinner parties or celebrations such as New Year's Day.

Discover more super roast potato recipes that will help you make the perfect roasties every time.


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