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

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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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7th Nov, 2012
Mine was a bit bland..... when I make it again, I'll probably add a bit of garlic, and use a stronger cheese.
2nd Nov, 2012
Hi, I an planning on trying this today but I have frozen fish mix, do I cook the fish in the sauce for longer, defrost it first or cook the whole pie for a longer time? Thanks Gemma
25th Mar, 2014
hi, fish is an easy meat to cook, you dont need to cook it in sauce as stated in recipe. you just take it off heat after you add the milk(well i added half milk and half double cream.) and then add all the other ingriendients you like e.g fish, sweetcorrn, babypeas ect.. the reason you don't cook fish its because its gonna be in the oven which will get cooked maybe an hour gas mark 5 depending on the size of dish, or you could defrost the fish before, hope i helped
23rd Sep, 2013
Hi Gemma. Did you ever get any replies on this coz I've got frozen fish mix too! Sal
28th Jan, 2015
Hi sfra01. This is a good question. Personally, I'd fully defrost the fish before adding it to the sauce, but there is no need to cook it any longer than fresh fish. One thing to bear in mind is, you won't be able to freeze an uncooked pie as this would mean the fish would be re-frozen.
17th Aug, 2012
This was so easy to make even for a complete beginner like me! I added some prawns to it too and some very strong cheddar to the sauce. The whole family ate the lot and were very impressed with it.
25th Mar, 2014
lol i too made this first time was too full after first plate where as in my pasta bake i can manage second helpings including family
15th Jul, 2012
This is delicious! I will make again!
24th Jun, 2012
5 star family fish pie recipe.... Quick and easy to make. 3 year old son loved it. Served with carrots and stir fried mange tout. Must try for everyone. (Sainsbury Fish counter for fish pie mix - smoked haddock, cod and salmon....£1.06 for 100g)


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