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


  • 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…

  • 25g butter, plus a knob



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 25g plain flour



    Flour is usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As the main…

  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

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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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21st Feb, 2020
Nice recipe, I added cheese to the sauce as the video suggested. Also added prawns because I like them. Everyone enjoyed it, including my toddler (I left the Dijon mustard in, its not strong at all).
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12th Feb, 2020
This was great, added some fresh dill, parsley and prawns and it was very tasty. I’ve never seen my almost 2 year old eat with such gusto, he absolutely loved it! Served with a nice crunchy salad. Will make again.
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Jay Smerdon
9th Feb, 2020
Just made this. I didn't put any cheese in the pie filling as it wasn't mentioned in the method. Just seen however that on the video it says to. Hopefully it will turn out ok
25th Jan, 2020
Theres an easy answer here, use whatever IS available as a substitute ie flounder, pollock and any other smoked fish available?? Obvious really! Secondly a google search of a knob of butter could have answered that one!
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Laura Strnad
23rd Jan, 2020
Don't have some of the ingredients here in the states, And what the heck is knob mean?
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Oscar vL
27th Feb, 2020
What on earth can't you find there? Floury potatoes, milk, butter, all-purpose flour, scallions, assorted fish, dijon mustard, chives, sweetcorn, peas, cheese. You can get all of these in America.
kla100's picture
28th Jan, 2020
A knob of butter is a piece of butter. Not a very accurate word! I’d guess maybe 10g, but it’s at your discretion. I’d just put as much as you like to have in your mashed potato, or as much as you think is healthy. Hope that helps
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7th Jan, 2020
Really easy recipe to follow!! I didn't follow the measurements exactly but it still turned out delicious. Also didn't have any cheese or Dijon mustard so I seasoned the roux with all purpose seasoning instead. First time I ever made a fish pie - would definitely recommend this recipe!
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Ricky Booth
1st Jan, 2020
Ha ha ha ha give specsavers a visit, you might see where the fish is mentioned to be added.
22nd Nov, 2019
At what point do you put the fish in? NO mention in method whatsoever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


goodfoodteam's picture
20th May, 2016
No there is no need to cook the fish first, it will gently cook when the pie is baked in the oven.
10th Mar, 2016
Can you cook from frozen?
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20th May, 2016
Yes provided the dish can take the difference in temperature from the freezer to a hot oven. Start off loosely covered with foil until it is thawed then remove the foil to brown the top towards the end. Expect it to take at least twice the cooking time stated in the recipe.
28th Aug, 2015
Where are the instructions on how to best cook the fish? This seems to be missing and would be useful where different varieties are used, like cooking cod when compared cooking monkfish.
22nd Jan, 2014
Made this for baby tonight just wondering if it can be heated from frozen or does it need to be thawed first? Many thanks
21st Sep, 2013
I have never seen a reply to ANY questions asked on this site. Why? Several times I have been reluctant to try some recipes as I have wanted to see the answer to some questions.
29th Aug, 2013
When freezing, do you need to put in the oven for 20-25mins first or do you freeze the raw fish with the cooked potato on top?
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29th Jan, 2014
Hi there, thanks for your question. To freeze the pie, follow the recipe until you have spooned the potato on top, then cool, wrap, freeze and defrost at room temperature before cooking as per stated in the recipe. Hope you enjoyed the pie. BBC Good Food team
11th Apr, 2017
I often make this recipe as individual pies and cook them before cooling, wrapping and freezing and which then only require defrosting and re-heating: my son at university is often pressed for time and has been known to defrost and re-heat them in a microwave!
21st Jul, 2013
There is no method on this page, just the list of ingredients? Where does it tell you how to make it? Under method it just says bbcgoodfoodguide. Help! I want to make it tonight.


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