Creamy fish pie in a serving dish with a scoop removed

Family meals: Easy fish pie recipe

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(85 ratings)

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…

  • knob of butter



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

  • splash of milk



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

  • 25g butter



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

  • 25g flour



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

  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

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

  • 400ml milk



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

  • 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. Preheat the oven to 200C/180 fan/gas mark 6.

  2. Put the potatoes in a saucepan and pour over enough water to cover them. Bring to the boil and then simmer until tender. When cooked, drain thoroughly and mash with a splash of milk and some butter. Season with ground black pepper.

  3. Put the butter, flour and spring onions in another pan and heat gently until the butter has melted, stirring regularly. Cook for 1 -2 mins. Gradually whisk in the 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.

  4. Take off the heat and stir in the cheese (if using), fish, mustard, chives, sweetcorn and peas. Spoon into an ovenproof dish or 6- 8 ramekins.

  5. Spoon the potato on top and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

  6. 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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12th Oct, 2016
I've made this a couple of times now - it's so tasty and simple enough for a weekday tea. Much easier than faffing about poaching the fish first, like we did at school. I ditch both the sweetcorn and peas, so the whole family have nothing to moan about, and just serve with a pile of veg everyone likes.
25th Sep, 2016
Such an easy recipe, we love it! I added two heaped teaspoons of Dijon for lots of flavour.
18th Aug, 2016
This one is a keeper! Don't skip the mustard. I ditched the sweetcorn.
7th Jul, 2016
I have never made fish and potato pie before after watching this video and following the recipe it has turned out great. I added a few drops lemon juice to give it that typical butter sauce flavour, added breadcrumbs to give it that extra crunchiness on the top definitely using this recipe again.
7th Jul, 2016
I used a leek instead of the spring onions and cooked it in the melted butter. As with a previous comment, I found it much easier to add the flour and then stir in the milk a bit at a time, using a wooden spoon. The only other changes I made were to add salt and freshly ground black pepper to the sauce and double up on the peas, omitting the sweetcorn. This fits an 8 x 8 oven dish perfectly.
18th Jun, 2016
Works perfectly every time - I add extra chives but lose the sweetcorn!
12th Jun, 2016
I've made this twice now and it's been lovely! I also season the sauce a bit more and double the amount of Dijon mustard which makes a huge difference in the flavour. I usually have a lot of sauce leftover which I freeze to use for another time. Will definitely keep making this!
23rd Apr, 2016
Do you cook the fish first and how do you do it. Do you freeze the pie before you cook it and when you take it out the freezer, do you cook it or microwave it ?
18th Jun, 2016
No you don't need to cook the fish first. You can use either a fresh or frozen 'fish pie mix' packet and add it straight in when your sauce is ready. Go through all the steps and after putting the mashed potato on top, either pop it in the oven to cook or allow to cool and then freeze for another time. I'd oven cook from frozen not microwave - unsure of whether you can 'cook straight from frozen' or if it would need to be defrosted first. Hope that helps!
24th Mar, 2016
Great recipe, tastes delicious! I did add some salt to the roux, otherwise I think it's a bit bland. And I used three times the amount of pees, with just one handfull you can hardly find them ;-)


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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