Fish pie in a large rectangular dish with serving spoon

Fish pie - in four steps

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(265 ratings)

Prep: 45 mins Cook: 30 mins

Easy

Serves 4

Delicious and easy - a fish pie anyone can make. You'll learn how to poach fish and make a white sauce too

Nutrition and extra info

  • without eggs only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal824
  • fat40g
  • saturates22g
  • carbs61g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre4g
  • protein60g
  • salt3.12g
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Ingredients

  • 400g skinless white fish fillet
  • 400g skinless smoked haddock fillet
  • 600ml full-fat milk

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 1 small onion, quartered
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 4 cloves
    Cloves

    Clove

    klo-ve

    The dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a wide variety…

  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 eggs
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • small bunch parsley, leaves only, chopped
    Parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 100g butter
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

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

  • 50g plain flour
  • pinch freshly grated nutmeg
    Nutmeg

    Nutmeg

    nut-meg

    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

  • 1kg floury potato, peeled and cut into even-sized chunks
    Potato

    Potato

    po-tate-oh

    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 50g cheddar, grated
    Cheddar

    Cheddar

    Ched-ah

    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

Method

  1. Poach 400g skinless white fish fillets and 400g skinless smoked haddock fillets. Put the fish in the frying pan and pour over 500ml of the full-fat milk. Quarter 1 small onion and stud each quarter with a clove, then add to the milk, with 2 bay leaves. Bring the milk just to the boil – you will see a few small bubbles. Reduce the heat and simmer for 8 mins. Lift the fish onto a plate and strain the milk into a jug to cool. Flake the fish into large pieces in the baking dish.

  2. Hard-boil 4 eggs. Bring a small pan of water to a gentle boil, then carefully lower the eggs in with a slotted spoon. Bring the water back to a gentle boil, with just a couple of bubbles rising to the surface. Set the timer for 8 mins, cook, then drain and cool in a bowl of cold water. Peel, slice into quarters and arrange on top of the fish, then scatter over the chopped leaves of a small bunch of parsley.

  3. Make the sauce. Melt 50g butter in a pan, stir in 50g plain flour and cook for 1 min over moderate heat. Take off the heat, pour in a little of the cold poaching milk, then stir until blended. Continue to add the milk gradually, mixing well until you have a smooth sauce. Return to the heat, bring to the boil and cook for 5 mins, stirring continually, until it coats the back of a spoon. Remove from the heat, season with salt, pepper and a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg, then pour over the fish.

  4. Assemble and bake. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Boil 1kg floury potatoes, cut into even-sized chunks, for 20 mins. Drain, season and mash with the remaining 50g butter and 100ml full-fat milk. Use to top the pie, starting at the edge of the dish and working your way in – push the mash right to the edges to seal. Fluff the top with a fork, sprinkle over 50g grated cheddar, then bake for 30 mins. Make up to a day ahead, chill, then bake for 40 mins.

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karenbad
5th May, 2008
My four year old's favourite meal! I leave out eggs, use hake and smoked trout, and add chopped chives. Yum!
zoehill
7th Apr, 2008
5.05
I didnt add the eggs either. this fish pie was easy and lovely the nugmeg really made it we will make it again.
jennyhen86
31st Mar, 2008
Didn't add the eggs either due to comments from other people! This was really good, although I used a lot more milk than the recipe called for and I'm glad I did because the sauce was just right. My partner loved it :)
heathereilbeck
29th Mar, 2008
5.05
Gorgeous! Rooted through the freezer and found a monkfish tail, a skate wing and a cod fillet to use with with the smoked haddock for this recipie. My partner gave me some odd looks with the selection of fish that I'd chosen, but the result was a wonderful fish supper that we enjoyed with friends on Good Friday. Everyone loved it. Would definitely make this again.
sam_roberts88
14th Mar, 2008
5.05
Delicious! I left out the eggs and used sweetcorn & peas - so tasty - will def be making again.
susanalford
1st Feb, 2008
really didn't like this recipe, the eggs spoiled it, have tried it without the eggs, much better by far !!!!
janawo
25th Jan, 2008
4.05
Made this last night. Great family meal although kids not sure about the eggs! can't wait to make it again.
classified
20th Jan, 2008
4.05
I did not put the eggs in either. Very easy recipe. I did 6 small ones and froze three.
rosalynn
20th Dec, 2007
5.05
I cannot cook AT ALL and attempted this last night. The recipe was very easy to follow and tasted absolutely delicious!! I didn't put the eggs in either (I forgot to buy them!) but added some prawns instead. I feel very proud of myself today! :-)
juliahiscock
18th Dec, 2007
5.05
I've made this several times, omitting the eggs and including raw peeled prawns. It's now a firm favourite.

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