Kedgeree fish pie

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins plus chilling

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Serves 6
If you like the subtle spicing and smokiness of the traditional brunch dish, you'll love the flavours of this mash-topped pie

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal626
  • fat27g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs62g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre8g
  • protein37g
  • salt1.7g
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  • 12 quail egg
  • 400g can light coconut milk
  • 400ml whole milk
  • ½ small pack coriander, leaves chopped, stalks left whole
  • ½ small pack parsley, leaves chopped, stalks left whole



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

  • 350g skinless smoked haddock fillet, cut into 2-3cm cubes
  • 350g skinless sustainable white fish (cod, unsmoked haddock or pollock work well), cut into 2-3cm cubes
  • 85g butter



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

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped



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

  • 85g plain flour
  • zest and juice 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 200g fresh or frozen pea



    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

For the mash topping

  • 1.4kg bag floury potato (we used King Edward), cut into large chunks



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

  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 25g butter



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

  • 2 tbsp mild curry powder
  • 300ml milk



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


  1. For the mash topping, bring a large pan of water to the boil. Add the potatoes and turmeric, and simmer until the potatoes are completely tender. Drain well and tip back into the pan to steam-dry over a low heat. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small pan and add the curry powder to cook for a couple of mins. Stir in the milk and warm through. Mash the potatoes until really smooth (use a potato ricer if you have one), then stir in the buttery, curried milk. Season well and set aside while you make the filling.

  2. Bring a medium pan of water to the boil. Add the quail’s eggs and boil for 3 mins. Plunge into a bowl of cold water to cool quickly, and peel.

  3. Mix the coconut milk and whole milk in a frying pan with the coriander and parsley stalks, and heat until just a couple of bubbles appear. Add all the fish, cover and cook for 5-8 mins until just cooked. Lift the fish onto a plate and strain the milk into a jug.

  4. Melt the butter in a large frying pan, add the onion and fry gently until soft. Stir in the flour for 2 mins, then stir in the milk mixture, a little at a time, until you have a smooth sauce. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 mins, stirring continuously until thickened. Turn off the heat and stir in the lemon zest and juice, peas and chopped herbs with some seasoning to taste.

  5. Put the fish and quail’s eggs back in the pan, then tip into an ovenproof dish. Pipe or spoon the mash on top. Can be made 1 day ahead, covered with cling film and chilled. Or freeze for up to 3 months – defrost thoroughly in the fridge before cooking.

  6. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and bake for 30-35 mins until golden on top and bubbling underneath.

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Comments (2)

Millietilly1's picture

Very complicated! There seemed to be double the amount of flour and butter for the roux sauce. We added more than double the amount of liquid stated, yet the sauce was still to thick. It was nice but it was an awful lot of effort.

kleake's picture

This is a wonderfully comforting pie and very luxurious with the rich coconut milk sauce. I substituted the quail eggs for 6 hard boiled chicken eggs, quartered, which worked well. It's not a recipe to attempt if you're short on time, but it's well worth the effort in the end. Kedgeree in pie form gets a big thumbs up from me!

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