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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bambionice's picture
9th Mar, 2019
This review made my morning. Cheers Gary Mitch
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Ollie Dobkin
21st Aug, 2018
Didn't see that coming. Very good
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Linda Winstanley
10th Feb, 2018
Hilarious , thank you for the giggle
15th Jan, 2018
Oh GaryMitch, that really made me laugh.
12th Nov, 2017
THANK YOU...For giving me hysterics with tears running down my legs!!
16th Sep, 2017
11th Aug, 2017
Made this quite a few times now, everyone loves it and it works every time ! I also found the video very helpful
29th May, 2017
This might be easy, but it's time consuming. For a quick fish pie, buy your fish pie mix, put it into a dish, pour on a ready made cheese sauce (or make from a packet mix, or from scratch if you must) then top with ready made mash. It works brilliantly, and is every bit as good as this. Delia's one using a topping of frozen Auntie Bessie mash works very well too.
10th Jan, 2018
Why not go the whole hog and just buy a fish pie from the ready made meals aisle? That would save you all the hassle of cooking a fresh meal with real ingredients.
28th Aug, 2017
I like the simplicity of your recipe catbail, but I have a question: Do we need to cook it after we've put the Auntie Bessie mash on top? Because, I'm not sure it actually saves that much time if we do. Also, for a cheaper alternative, how about, instead of fish pie mix, making sandwiches with fish paste and then putting the cheese sauce and mash on top of that. You could even use Salmon fish paste one day & the next day use Sardine & Tomato fish paste for a bit of variety. That way, if your family complain about getting the same meal twice in a row, you could tell them, "No. Because it's actually two different recipes." Especially if you give them different puddings afterwards.


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