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
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  • 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. While cow…

  • 25g butter, plus a knob



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 25g plain flour



    Flour is a powdery ingredient usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As…

  • 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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Sam Taylor's picture
Sam Taylor
8th Dec, 2018
No instructions for the fish!!
24th Dec, 2018
I thought that too at first, but it is in step 6
5th Dec, 2018
I love this! It's so hard to find fish recipes that the family likes, I've made this twice and had empty plates both times! I make my mash slightly differently (boiling the potatoes in milk, butter a bit of mustard, pepper and salt. Drain into a bowl and mix back in while mashing) but no other changes. Delicious and quick, and now one of our favourites.
FamilyLee's picture
30th Nov, 2018
This is my kids favourite meal (age 3 and 5)! No changes required, although I usually buy fish from the counter and add raw king prawns. I only add chives in the summer when I can get them from the garden. It doesn't affect the taste much when omitted. I serve these in ramekins for the kids, and individual pie dishes for myself and my husband. I always have enough leftover to freeze an extra two portions in ramekins for the kids.
20th Nov, 2018
Great fish pie. Kids cleared their plates. I added a lot more than a handful of peas and sweetcorn and this went down very well. Maybe not every week, due to time taken making it, but probably every two weeks.
maggiebleksley's picture
2nd Nov, 2018
A great recipe which can be varied a little if not all ingredients are available and will still be just as good. Tonight, I used dill instead of chives, which won't be missed, as there are spring onions in it. I've added sliced mushrooms instead of the peas and sweetcorn, which I'm serving as an accompanying vegetable.
22nd Oct, 2018
I really liked this - I don't have a huge freezer, so I halved the quantities, made two pies and the second is in the fridge for tomorrow. I used frozen mashed potato as well - the quantity of potato they suggest seems huge. I love fish pie, but hadn't made it in ages as I remembered it as being time cosuming and complicated - this was super easy. I'd maybe have liked it a touch creamier/wetter, but I will definitely be making it again.
22nd Jun, 2018
fayfumbs's picture
9th Jun, 2018
Really tasty pie. Would never have thought to use Dijon mustard, (normally add parsley), but this pie was easy to make will be made again
4th May, 2018
Our of the faves in our family! Yum yum


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