Creamy fish pie in a serving dish with a scoop removed

Family meals: Easy fish pie recipe

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(96 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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9th Dec, 2017
Yes Gary, you assemble it then bung it in the oven for 35 minutes. You do make some strange comments - I guess on other forums you would be called a 'troll'. (Do you contribute to the DM forum? You would be great on there.) But on here most of us are a little more sensible and enjoy our cooking.
27th Aug, 2017
Or you could try actual cooking?
17th May, 2017
Not great. Really wanted something more creamy. The recipe almost forgot the milk the fish was poached in so most of that was wasted. TO dry with just the creme freche really needed a white sauce, won't make again v disappointed and surprised at the good reviews. 20 mins in the oven was not long enough either.
11th Jun, 2017
Oh and the fish isn't poached!!
11th Jun, 2017
What on earth are you going on about. Did you even read the recipe? There is a white sauce and no mention whatsoever of creme freche
12th May, 2017
I make a basic white sauce using cornflour / cornstarch and milk, rather than flour and butter. Then add my cheese and chives and seasoning. Celiac friendly too.
Frantic Flapjack
10th Apr, 2017
I recommend this one. Although there are still a few stages, it does cut the time down. I also added some cooked prawns and served with broccoli and carrots.
14th Mar, 2017
We love fish pie and it has so many different options. A luxury fish pie is heaven, but this is a good family comfort food one that is quick and easy to put together
6th Mar, 2017
This is a great recipe! My partner has to follow a low cholesterol diet so I had to make a few tweaks. I used soya products for the milk and cheese and stanol spread instead of butter. I was worried it would lack flavour but after reading previous comments I added fried onions (cooked in fry light) to the sauce and plenty of spring onion, chives, peas and sweetcorn. I also added a tbsp of mustard and breadcrumbs on the top. It was a hit and will be a firm favourite from now on. Thank you :-)
21st Oct, 2016
What an easy meal! I cheated and used a packet sauce mix (I don't generally have flour in the larder not being a baker) and ready made mash - so it was just an assembly job. Tasted great though, makes fish pie a quick mid-week meal. I also ditched the peas and sweetcorn and just served it with broccoli on the side. As others have said, we used to poach the fish, flake it, get rid of the skin, etc, etc. It was a pain, and this is just as good.


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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