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, bringto 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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lostkat's picture
lostkat
21st Jan, 2012
5.05
Simple, but tasty. Love it with salmon instead of the haddock and prawns. So many different variations you can try with this simple dish!!
samson111
18th Jan, 2012
5.05
Great with jumbo prawns and peas!!
kat-face
8th Jan, 2012
Really good recipe: I always use smoked haddock, salmon and cod and add prawns and scallops. I alter the recipe accordi g to number of guests, half and egg per person, i like to pretend the eggs are buried treasure in the pie! Delicious! Oh, with a bottom layer of spinach. Yuuuuuuuuuuuum!
clairesy83
8th Jan, 2012
5.05
this is a favourite of mine, very easy to make, and my family love it with the eggs! i also add prawns just coz i really like prawns, for the fish i just buy a tesco fish pie mix and it works a treat. a lot cheaper than buying all the pieces of individual fish.
mrsp1971
28th Nov, 2011
5.05
Really easy and delicious, a real plate clearer!
boogiebear
17th Nov, 2011
Am I reading the "nutrition information" correctly i.e 88 grams of saturated fat and 12 grams of salt?
marzida
10th Nov, 2011
Any sugestion if I dont have smoked haddock?
wirralmum
27th Oct, 2011
5.05
Do this with smoked trout in place of smoked haddock, but use good haddock instead of any old white fish. It's a firm favourite in our house, especially when cheese for topping is mixed with roughly same amount of breadcrumbs.
moewishaw
14th Oct, 2011
Don't need the eggs. I recommend experimenting with some subtle spices for the sauce. Very tasty meal and healthy with steamed veg.
kyra9682
10th Oct, 2011
I made this for the first time and even my mum (who never eats fish) loved it! I omitted eggs too and used codfish, salmon, monkfish, prawns and mussels. Perfect on cold rainy days!:)

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