Fish pies with smoked salmon, prawns & dill

Fish pies with smoked salmon, prawns & dill

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 40 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 8

These pies can be prepared the previous day - perfect for entertaining

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal560
  • fat17g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs66g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre5g
  • protein39g
  • salt1.73g
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    For the filling

    • 1 litre milk



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

    • 65g butter



      Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

    • 65g plain flour
    • bunch spring onions, green and whites separated and both very finely chopped
      Spring onions

      Spring onion

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      Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

    • 3 egg yolks (save the whites for the meringues - see 'Goes well with', below)
    • 3 tbsp dill, chopped
    • 120g pack smoked salmon trimmings (I used the budget range)
    • 2 x 400g packs frozen basa or pollock fillets, thawed, patted dry, cut into chunks
    • 190g pack cooked, peeled prawn, thawed if frozen and patted dry



      There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…

    For the potato topping

    • 2¼kg potato, peeled, cut into chunks



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

    • 50g butter



      Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

    • 100ml milk



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


    1. Boil the potatoes in salted water for 20 mins until tender. Drain, then mash with the green from the onion, the butter, milk and plenty of seasoning until smooth and lump-free.

    2. Pour the milk into a pan and add the butter and flour. Cook over a medium heat, whisking until the sauce is bubbling and thickened. Stir in the white parts of the onion, then bubble again for a min. Cool for about 5 mins, stirring frequently, then add the egg yolks, dill and smoked salmon. Season to taste.

    3. Divide the pollock between 8 x 300ml pie dishes or ramekins. Scatter over the prawns, stir then spoon over the smoked salmon sauce. Top each pie with mash, then cover and chill until ready to cook. They will keep in the fridge overnight.

    4. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Put the pies on baking sheets, then bake for 30 mins until bubbling and starting to turn golden. Serve with the broccoli (below).

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    10th Nov, 2018
    Halved the recipe and made in four ndividual pots. Halved the white fish- used frozen basa fillets but didn't have prawns or salmon. Halved milk and added two yolks. Used frozen dill. Was delicious.
    7th Feb, 2013
    Good, easy fish pie recipe. I used white fish, raw king prawns & smoked salmon, and stirred all through the hot white sauce. I put half the fish mixture in the dish, added a layer of sliced hard boiled eggs, & then the rest of the fish. I topped with the potato, finished off in the oven, & served with peas.
    14th Apr, 2011
    Lovely homely dish. Would recommend to anyone. My family loved it.
    5th Mar, 2011
    Lovely combination. Replaced spring onion with leek and dill with parsley, only because of availability. Perfect for a dinner party on a cold day. Also made the "goes well with"
    22nd Nov, 2010
    This is lovely and yes the 500ml of milk is enough but i made this my own and i adder everthing into the pan for the sauce, got it nice and thick then i added one and a half tbl spoons og cranberiey out of a jar to add flavour Mmm. let me know how u all get on!!!!!!!
    14th Oct, 2009
    i just used salmon n prawns in mine it was lovely defo goin on my menu 4 the weekly menu
    Frantic Flapjack
    2nd Mar, 2009
    I tried making this again with half the amount of milk and it turned out really well. Still used 65g each of flour and butter. Would have given it 4 stars but for some reason it won't let me change the 3 star rating. Couldn't get pollock so used haddock.'s picture
    28th Feb, 2009
    I am going to make this but add all kinds of fish to it also i am going to put mustard into the mash potatoes i saw a similar receipe dish this morning on BBC I will let your readers know how this turns out with all kinds of fish and put the receipe up also.
    8th Feb, 2009
    Made this the over day.Yes it did have too much sauce.Can be halved. May make it again.
    Frantic Flapjack
    5th Feb, 2009
    I thought this was a lovely recipe but far too much milk in the sauce. It could easily be halved to half a litre). The finished pie was swimming in sauce which spoilt the end result.


    10th Dec, 2016
    One person asks where you can get the individual pie dishes from - I'd like to know too. 2nd question - what do the egg whites go well with? As in "3 egg yolk (save the whites for the meringues - see 'Goes well with', below)" I looked at the Goes Well With and saw only broccoli and lettuce/peas. Can't imagine egg-whites going well with those! ;)
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    15th Dec, 2016
    Ah yes, good point! Thanks for pointing that out - any of our pavlovas or meringues are a good option for using up egg whites. We've added one to the 'Goes well with' section. And the pie dishes you can buy online from places like Lakeland, Wilko or John Lewis.
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