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…

  • 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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12th Jun, 2016
I've made this twice now and it's been lovely! I also season the sauce a bit more and double the amount of Dijon mustard which makes a huge difference in the flavour. I usually have a lot of sauce leftover which I freeze to use for another time. Will definitely keep making this!
23rd Apr, 2016
Do you cook the fish first and how do you do it. Do you freeze the pie before you cook it and when you take it out the freezer, do you cook it or microwave it ?
18th Jun, 2016
No you don't need to cook the fish first. You can use either a fresh or frozen 'fish pie mix' packet and add it straight in when your sauce is ready. Go through all the steps and after putting the mashed potato on top, either pop it in the oven to cook or allow to cool and then freeze for another time. I'd oven cook from frozen not microwave - unsure of whether you can 'cook straight from frozen' or if it would need to be defrosted first. Hope that helps!
24th Mar, 2016
Great recipe, tastes delicious! I did add some salt to the roux, otherwise I think it's a bit bland. And I used three times the amount of pees, with just one handfull you can hardly find them ;-)
10th Mar, 2016
Can you cook from frozen?
8th Dec, 2015
We love this dish, have cooked several times now. I use some black pepper in the sauce (just our personal preference but I feel it adds to the taste) and feel that the cheese makes a difference- not sure if we would like the sauce as much without it. We don't use peas or sweetcorn as we prefer some spinach and beans on the side. The flavour of this dish is really amazing and it is easy to make. I could eat this every day!
18th Nov, 2015
According to the family this was the best fish pie i have made, i didn't have dijon mustard so used grained mustard and just used fresh pollock. Much cheaper, It went down a treat. Will defiantly be making this again
17th Nov, 2015
Very tasty and easy to make. Its the only way I can get my kids to eat fish. Its a new family favourite!
2nd Nov, 2015
I tried this recipe for the first time tonight, I used half cream, half milk, white wine and chopped leeks in the sauce. Cod, smoked haddock and salmon with lots of cheese on the top of sweet potato and potato mash. My husband is wheat intolerant and loved this meal. Will definitely make again.
24th Mar, 2016
That's a great idea, to add wine to the sauce!


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