Family meals: Easy fish pie

Family meals: Easy fish pie

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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 that’s quick to prepare, portion it into ramekins for quick toddler meals you can pull out of the freezer or cook in a big dish for the whole family

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. 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.

  2. Meanwhile, 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Spoon the potato on top and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. 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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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 ;-)
10th Mar, 2016
Can you cook from frozen?
8th Dec, 2015
We love this dish, have cooked several times now. I use some black pepper in the sauce (just our personal preference but I feel it adds to the taste) and feel that the cheese makes a difference- not sure if we would like the sauce as much without it. We don't use peas or sweetcorn as we prefer some spinach and beans on the side. The flavour of this dish is really amazing and it is easy to make. I could eat this every day!
18th Nov, 2015
According to the family this was the best fish pie i have made, i didn't have dijon mustard so used grained mustard and just used fresh pollock. Much cheaper, It went down a treat. Will defiantly be making this again
17th Nov, 2015
Very tasty and easy to make. Its the only way I can get my kids to eat fish. Its a new family favourite!
2nd Nov, 2015
I tried this recipe for the first time tonight, I used half cream, half milk, white wine and chopped leeks in the sauce. Cod, smoked haddock and salmon with lots of cheese on the top of sweet potato and potato mash. My husband is wheat intolerant and loved this meal. Will definitely make again.
24th Mar, 2016
That's a great idea, to add wine to the sauce!
22nd Sep, 2015
Lovely dish! I used fresh fish too. It's much easier to gently fry the onion (I used leek) in the butter then take it off the heat and mix in the flour, then add the milk a little at a time, just stir it around and there's no lumps that way. I doubled the mustard too and used red pepper diced and thinly sliced broccoli - any handy veg will do. Parsley is good to season the sauce. Mustard in the mash as well. Recommended.


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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
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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