Fish pie - in four steps

Fish pie - in four steps

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Prep: 45 mins Cook: 30 mins

Easy

Serves 4

Delicious and easy - a fish pie anyone can make. You'll learn how to poach fish and make a white sauce too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze without eggs only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal824
  • fat40g
  • saturates22g
  • carbs61g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre4g
  • protein60g
  • salt3.12g
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Ingredients

  • 400g skinless white fish fillet
  • 400g skinless smoked haddock fillet
  • 600ml full-fat milk

    Milk

    mill-k

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

  • 1 small onion, quartered
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 4 cloves
    Cloves

    Clove

    klo-ve

    The dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a wide variety…

  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 eggs
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • small bunch parsley, leaves only, chopped
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 100g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

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

  • 50g plain flour
  • pinch freshly grated nutmeg
    Nutmeg

    Nutmeg

    nut-meg

    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

  • 1kg floury potato, peeled and cut into even-sized chunks
    Potato

    Potato

    po-tate-oh

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

  • 50g cheddar, grated
    Cheddar

    Cheddar

    Ched-ah

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

Method

  1. Poach the fish. Put the fish in the frying pan and pour over 500ml of the milk. Stud each onion quarter with a clove, then add to the milk, with the bay leaves. Bring the milk just to the boil – you will see a few small bubbles. Reduce the heat and simmer for 8 mins. Lift the fish onto a plate and strain the milk into a jug to cool. Flake the fish into large pieces in the baking dish.

  2. Hard-boil the eggs. Bring a small pan of water to a gentle boil, then carefully lower the eggs in with a slotted spoon. Bring the water back to a gentle boil, with just a couple of bubbles rising to the surface. Set the timer for 8 mins, cook, then drain and cool in a bowl of cold water. Peel, slice into quarters and arrange on top of the fish, then scatter over the chopped parsley.

  3. Make the sauce. Melt half the butter in a pan, stir in the flour and cook for 1 min over moderate heat. Take off the heat, pour in a little of the cold poaching milk, then stir until blended. Continue to add the milk gradually, mixing well until you have a smooth sauce. Return to the heat, bring to the boil and cook for 5 mins, stirring continually, until it coats the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg, then pour over the fish.

  4. Assemble and bake. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Boil the potatoes for 20 mins. Drain, season and mash with the remaining butter and milk. Use to top the pie, starting at the edge of the dish and working your way in – push the mash right to the edges to seal. Fluff the top with a fork, sprinkle with cheese, then bake for 30 mins. Make up to a day ahead, chill, then bake for 40 mins.

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ed2381
15th Jun, 2012
5.05
Superb!
ed2381
15th Jun, 2012
5.05
This went down a storm!, left the eggs out, will make this again! Thanks
alicepennbrooke
13th Jun, 2012
4.05
Really tasty recipe -used white fish and smoked haddock and included the eggs - think they really do add something to the dish -but chopped them up well. Did't fancy the cheese so left it out, but added frozen peas to the base and that worked really well.
ceri_tregs
5th Jun, 2012
5.05
Amazing! we even used half the fish stated in the recipe and it was ample!
amber2511
30th Apr, 2012
This recipe was really easy to make and tasted great in the end. I sliced some potatoes on top rather than mashing them and it looked great!
rosieadams30
20th Apr, 2012
5.05
Absolutely delicious, thumbs up all round. I shocked myself at how good this tastes and will definitely be made again. I used the lightly smoked salmon, haddock and prawns. Was worried about not using real butter, as I didn't have any, and semi skimmed milk, but the results were perfect.
helshug
22nd Mar, 2012
5.05
I made this for Mothers Day last weekend and it was so good I'm making it again for a dinner party this weekend. I left the eggs out and used Salmon but kept the parsley instead of dill. I also used semi skimmed milk, it was simply delicious!
rjolly
14th Mar, 2012
5.05
Very yummy even with the eggs.
icklebug
10th Mar, 2012
5.05
Made this for husband & daughter - went down a storm. Used a fish pie mix from fishmonger and added more prawns. Packed to the gills (lol). Really simple to make. Even I thought it tasted nice and I hate the taste and smell of smoked fish!
rachsweets
8th Mar, 2012
After reading a lot of the reviews about this dish, I decided to go for the "no cloves, no eggs, extra tigers prawns, extra spinach & peas" version! I also put some extra cheese in the mash, creme fraiche instead of milk and a tiny sprinkling of garlic granules and it was very tasty :-) will definitely make again...

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