Creamy fish pie in a serving dish with a scoop out

Family meals: Easy fish pie recipe

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves a family of 4 - 6 or makes 6-8 toddler meals

A simple fish pie recipe that’s quick and easy to prepare. Portion into ramekins and freeze for quick toddler meals or cook in a big dish for the perfect family supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving (4)

  • kcal455
  • fat15.7g
  • saturates7.5g
  • carbs50.5g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre5.7g
  • protein27.1g
  • salt1g
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  • 1kg Maris Piper potatoes, peeled and halved



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

  • 400ml milk, plus a splash



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 25g butter, plus a knob



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 25g plain flour



    Flour is a powdery ingredient usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As…

  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
    Spring onions

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    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 1 x pack fish pie mix (cod, salmon, smoked haddock etc, weight around 320g-400g depending on pack size)
  • 1 tsp Dijon or English mustard
  • ½ a 25g pack or a small bunch chives, finely snipped
  • handful frozen sweetcorn
  • handful frozen petits pois
  • handful grated cheddar



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…


  1. Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C /gas mark 6.

  2. Put 1kg potatoes, peeled and halved, in a saucepan and pour over enough water to cover them. Bring to the boil and then simmer until tender.

  3. When cooked, drain thoroughly and mash with a splash of milk and a knob of butter. Season with ground black pepper.

  4. Put 25g butter, 25g plain flour and 4 finely sliced spring onions in another pan and heat gently until the butter has melted, stirring regularly. Cook for 1 -2 mins.

  5. Gradually whisk in 400ml milk using a balloon whisk if you have one. Bring to the boil, stirring to avoid any lumps and sticking at the bottom of the pan. Cook for 3 – 4 minutes until thickened.

  6. Take off the heat and stir in 320g-400g mixed fish, 1 tsp Dijon or English mustard, a small bunch of finely snipped chives, handful of sweetcorn and handful of petits pois. Spoon into an ovenproof dish or 6- 8 ramekins.

  7. Spoon the potato on top and sprinkle with a handful of grated cheddar cheese.

  8. Pop in the oven for 20 - 25 mins or until golden and bubbling at the edges. Alternatively, cover and freeze the pie or mini pies for another time.

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Hannah James
27th Mar, 2019
Everybody loved it! Even our fussiest child
18th Feb, 2019
Tasty recipe, although I think there is far too much potato for the filling so would definitely reduce that amount next time. I substituted the spring onions for leeks and added some king prawns also. I got 5 portions from the recipe.
15th Mar, 2019
Good advice
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Isabelle Ferrand
12th Feb, 2019
Easy and very tasty. I removed the sweet corn as I don't I don't think it goes well with fish. I also added extra prawns and 3 hard-boiled eggs. Everyone was asking for seconds!!
7th Feb, 2019
Nice fish but next time I’ll do without the mustard
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Sam Taylor
8th Dec, 2018
No instructions for the fish!!
24th Dec, 2018
I thought that too at first, but it is in step 6
5th Dec, 2018
I love this! It's so hard to find fish recipes that the family likes, I've made this twice and had empty plates both times! I make my mash slightly differently (boiling the potatoes in milk, butter a bit of mustard, pepper and salt. Drain into a bowl and mix back in while mashing) but no other changes. Delicious and quick, and now one of our favourites.
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30th Nov, 2018
This is my kids favourite meal (age 3 and 5)! No changes required, although I usually buy fish from the counter and add raw king prawns. I only add chives in the summer when I can get them from the garden. It doesn't affect the taste much when omitted. I serve these in ramekins for the kids, and individual pie dishes for myself and my husband. I always have enough leftover to freeze an extra two portions in ramekins for the kids.
20th Nov, 2018
Great fish pie. Kids cleared their plates. I added a lot more than a handful of peas and sweetcorn and this went down very well. Maybe not every week, due to time taken making it, but probably every two weeks.


29th Aug, 2013
When freezing, do you need to put in the oven for 20-25mins first or do you freeze the raw fish with the cooked potato on top?
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29th Jan, 2014
Hi there, thanks for your question. To freeze the pie, follow the recipe until you have spooned the potato on top, then cool, wrap, freeze and defrost at room temperature before cooking as per stated in the recipe. Hope you enjoyed the pie. BBC Good Food team
11th Apr, 2017
I often make this recipe as individual pies and cook them before cooling, wrapping and freezing and which then only require defrosting and re-heating: my son at university is often pressed for time and has been known to defrost and re-heat them in a microwave!
21st Jul, 2013
There is no method on this page, just the list of ingredients? Where does it tell you how to make it? Under method it just says bbcgoodfoodguide. Help! I want to make it tonight.
17th Jul, 2013
Looks good and I am looking for something for my baby. I am a beginner cook and no common sense in this area at all. Can someone let me know what to do with fish as the recipe does not specify? Many thanks


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