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 leaf
  • 4 egg
    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
  • 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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missflops
25th Oct, 2012
5.05
Made this last night for supper. Omitted the eggs (as I loathe them) and didn't add the cloves as none in my larder. I used a mixture of natural and smoked cod, salmon and scallops. Absolutely YUMMY! Served it with peas and it was the perfect meal for easy entertaining. Will certainly be cooking this again, probably sooner rather than later as my husband and our dinner guests declared it the best fish pie they had ever tasted. Yo!
missflops
25th Oct, 2012
5.05
Made this last night for supper. Omitted the eggs (as I loathe them) and didn't add the cloves as none in my larder. I used a mixture of natural and smoked cod, salmon and scallops. Absolutely YUMMY! Served it with peas and it was the perfect meal for easy entertaining. Will certainly be cooking this again, probably sooner rather than later as my husband and our dinner guests declared it the best fish pie they had ever tasted. Yo!
curtis5red
17th Oct, 2012
5.05
this was so simple and really tasty, I added peas, sweetcorn and small diced carrot for a bit of colour, I used semi skimmed milk as was all I had in, worked well, will be making it again sometime soon, the best fish pie I've tasted
saffergirl
13th Oct, 2012
Add half a teaspoon mustard to the mash for a lovely variation. I also left out the eggs
evertonian
12th Oct, 2012
Best fish pie I have ever made. I put the eggs in and really liked them. I used a mixture of yellow and white fish and also added salmon.
evertonian
12th Oct, 2012
Best fish pie I have ever made. I put the eggs in and really liked them. I used a mixture of yellow and white fish and also added salmon.
bjtday
10th Oct, 2012
Making this for our tea later this afternoon. I've used white fish, some crab and have added leeks from the poaching stage - all looking good:) For the cheese topping I've used grated British Red Leicester for the colour and the taste. I'm baking it in about an hours time - will let you all know how it is received at the dinner table;/
newdawn60
8th Oct, 2012
I hope someone reads this. Can I use frozen fish?
jorowl
5th Oct, 2012
I followed the recipe completely and thought it made a lovely tasting fish pie. Will try again!
maureen_lmn
4th Oct, 2012
Made this for lunch today. Can't believe how easy it is, and both hubby and baby daughter loved it! Will definitely do it again. Btw I halved the portions and substituted some fish with prawns. Also put in some mushroom which goes lovely with the fish but made it slightly watery, so maybe try dry mushroom next time.

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