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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Puglover
1st Sep, 2014
5.05
Made this last night, delicious!
catz26
21st Jul, 2014
5.05
Made it with Sanisbury fish pie mix and added some peas too. It was delicious
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jul34es
18th Jul, 2014
Had this for tea last night and it tasted really good and easy to make
allie80
4th Apr, 2014
3.8
More time consuming that the recipe suggests (I think it took about an hour and a quarter rather than 45 minutes) so is fairly time consuming but the end result was worthwhile. Very tasty. I included the eggs even though I was slightly doubtful having never used them in a fish pie but they added a nice texture.
MrsG18
11th Feb, 2014
5.05
Brilliant recipe. It was a big hit with the whole family. For me the eggs are a must and I also added 100g of frozen peas which worked well, just needed more of them so will double the amount next time.
salamisausage
4th Feb, 2014
This is an easy-to-make classic English dish that I have made many times. However, never ever add salt to any sea food dish. It is not needed. In fact there are very few dishes that require salt. Provided you use fresh ingredients and are generous with herbs and spices, salt is irrelevant. Always ignore any recipe that advocates sea salt. This is a complete nonsense.
missbexxa
14th Jan, 2014
Made it tonight, didn't have nutmeg and used two bags of frozen fish pie mix instead but followed the rest of the recipe. We all loved it especially the kids who loved the eggs in it, will definitely be making this more often.
lizleicester
15th Nov, 2013
5.05
This is delicious and really easy. I used fresh smoked cod and frozen white fish fillets (probably pollack?) and substituted all the milk and butter ingredients for soya alternatives because it needed to be dairy free. The result was lovely.
georgiacurtis
30th Oct, 2013
Great dish! Cooked it for 4 housemates - was easy and budget friendly for a student! (although cheated and used Sainsbury's ready chopped fish pie mix of fish!).
casafood74
11th Sep, 2013
4.05
Sorry- just to mention; I only gave this recipe 4 stars as I tweaked it so felt to give it 5 would be a bit of a misrepresentation.

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