Creamy fish pie in a serving dish with a scoop out

Family meals: Easy fish pie recipe

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(208 ratings)

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…

  • 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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10th Jan, 2018
Why not go the whole hog and just buy a fish pie from the ready made meals aisle? That would save you all the hassle of cooking a fresh meal with real ingredients.
28th Aug, 2017
I like the simplicity of your recipe catbail, but I have a question: Do we need to cook it after we've put the Auntie Bessie mash on top? Because, I'm not sure it actually saves that much time if we do. Also, for a cheaper alternative, how about, instead of fish pie mix, making sandwiches with fish paste and then putting the cheese sauce and mash on top of that. You could even use Salmon fish paste one day & the next day use Sardine & Tomato fish paste for a bit of variety. That way, if your family complain about getting the same meal twice in a row, you could tell them, "No. Because it's actually two different recipes." Especially if you give them different puddings afterwards.
9th Dec, 2017
Yes Gary, you assemble it then bung it in the oven for 35 minutes. You do make some strange comments - I guess on other forums you would be called a 'troll'. (Do you contribute to the DM forum? You would be great on there.) But on here most of us are a little more sensible and enjoy our cooking.
27th Aug, 2017
Or you could try actual cooking?
17th May, 2017
Not great. Really wanted something more creamy. The recipe almost forgot the milk the fish was poached in so most of that was wasted. TO dry with just the creme freche really needed a white sauce, won't make again v disappointed and surprised at the good reviews. 20 mins in the oven was not long enough either.
11th Jun, 2017
Oh and the fish isn't poached!!
11th Jun, 2017
What on earth are you going on about. Did you even read the recipe? There is a white sauce and no mention whatsoever of creme freche
12th May, 2017
I make a basic white sauce using cornflour / cornstarch and milk, rather than flour and butter. Then add my cheese and chives and seasoning. Celiac friendly too.
Frantic Flapjack
10th Apr, 2017
I recommend this one. Although there are still a few stages, it does cut the time down. I also added some cooked prawns and served with broccoli and carrots.
14th Mar, 2017
We love fish pie and it has so many different options. A luxury fish pie is heaven, but this is a good family comfort food one that is quick and easy to put together


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