Fish pie with swede & potato topping

Fish pie with swede & potato topping

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(92 ratings)

Ready in about 1¼ hours


Serves 4
Making fish pie can be a palaver - not this one! Reassuringly simple, and ready in just over an hour

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy


  • kcal359
  • fat5g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre5g
  • protein45g
  • salt1.34g
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  • 500g floury potato, cut into chunks



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 1 medium swede (weighing about 600g/1lb 5oz), cut into chunks



    A member of the cabbage family, the swede is often confused with the turnip, though they look…

  • 200g tub low-fat soft cheese with garlic and herbs
  • 150ml vegetable stock
  • 4 tsp cornflour, blended with 2 tbsp cold water
  • 650g skinless, boneless cod, cut into large chunks



    A popular mild-flavoured saltwater fish mainly found in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Cod…

  • 100g cooked peeled prawn



    There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…

  • 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Cook the potatoes and swede in boiling water until tender (about 20 minutes).

  2. Preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5/fan 170C.While the potatoes and swede cook, put the soft cheese and stock into a large saucepan and heat gently, stirring with a wooden spoon, until blended and smooth. Now add the blended cornflour and cook until thick.

  3. Stir the fish into the sauce with the prawns and parsley. Season with some pepper.

  4. Tip the mixture into a 1.5 litre/2¾ pint baking dish. Drain the potatoes and swede, mash them well and season with black pepper. Spoon the mash over the fish to cover it completely. Bake for 25-30 minutes until piping hot, then transfer to a hot grill for a few minutes to brown the top. Serve with frozen peas or sweetcorn.

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2nd Sep, 2012
Easy to make and very tasty. I didn't have any prawns so used mushrooms and peas instead. I would definitely make this again continue to use mushrooms and peas even with prawns.
24th Aug, 2012
Great recipe could I use raw prawns?
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17th Jul, 2012
Amazing. First time EVER making a fish pie because it always looks so daunting, but this made it ridiculously easy - just a case of juggling the timings. It took longer than 1 1/4 hours though! I swapped the prawns for button muchrooms and I also pan fried some streaky bacon beforehand, cut it up and slipped it into the mixture for an extra flavour. I also grated some extra strong cheese on the top for the last 5 minutes. Result?? AMAZING! I made so much that I've invited friends over tomorrow night to finish it off. Will certainly make this again!!! 5 stars.
16th Jul, 2012
As we are not a great prawn eating family I replaced the prawns with smoked bacon. Most tasty fish pie we have tried recently and empty plates all round (including our 14 month old). Thank you.
3rd Jul, 2012
GORGEOUS!!!!!! I made this today having bought some bags of frozen fish, I added 1 frozen salmon steak, 2 smallish pieces of white fish & a smoked haddock, Just before topping with the potato/swede mix I added some chopped mushrooms & a handful of frozen peas, I didnt have any garlic & herb soft cheese so added usual phili light & just added some garlic powder & mixed herbs from the cupboard, the result, fantatsic!!! Both my children (5&3yrs) cleared their plates, they had theirs with broccoli & myself & husband had a portion with a salad & we still have half left!! Its most def going to be a regular in our house!!!
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23rd May, 2012
I added peas and sweetcorn to the fish and some cheese shavings on the mash, it was delicious!!
12th May, 2012
I just had this for my dinner and I can honestly say that it's the best fish pie I've ever had. I used haddock and salmon instead of cod and replaced the prawns with the suggested mushrooms and peas and used a 150g garlic and herb roule and omitted the parsley. I also added a generous knob of butter to the mash (old habits die hard). Easy, extremely tasty and very filling. Will definitely be making this over and over again.
5th May, 2012
Great recipe, so easy and really delicious! Plus no-one would guess it's half the calories and 1/8th(!) of the fat of normal fish pie. Highly recommended, will definitely be making this again. I made it 'mare monte' style, using smoked and raw haddock and salmon, peas & mushrooms, prawns and a few mussels. Probably amazing with some white wine thrown in as well but didn't have any...
19th Apr, 2012
this was delicious. i haven't had fish pie for years but i was never keen on it. whether my taste has changed as I've got older or its just a tastier recipe i'm not sure. had prawns & coley. also bumped it up with mushrooms. my swede wasn't cooked properly tho after 20 mins. also it kind of exploded in the oven lol. think my sauce was a little runny & i might have packed my mash down too much leaving no room for the steam to escape. will make again!!!!!!
4th Apr, 2012
Made this tonight and it was a huge hit with me & hubby. Absolutely delicious, so simple to make and very quick (all the things I love in a dish!). I used some Basa, Smoked Haddock and Prawns and also added some frozen veg including broccoli/beans/cauli & carrots to the sauce mix prior to cooking. I didn't have swede so used a combo of sweet potato and maris piper mash and it worked beautifully. I found I needed more potatoes to cover the mix, but I did use a large dish. We had plenty for two hungry adults using the quantities above and enough leftover to have for dinner the next day. I even accidentally dropped a little on the floor and the dogs practically fought over it!!


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