Fish Pie

A very simple and fast fish pie. This recipe does not use a white sauce in the fish pie. As a fair amount of people moan about that, I'll give you an explanation why. White sauce is made of butter, flour, and milk. Mashed potatoes are made with butter and milk... So the idea here is to make a fairly moist mash - so the only thing missing is the flour. If you miss it, have a spoon of it on the side ;-)

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Ingredients for 4

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Ingredients
1000 gramspotato
400 gramsfish
200 gramsfrozen peas
160 gramsmature cheddar cheese
80 gramsbutter
1 1/4 teaspoonsalt (8 grams)
1/4 teaspoonground black pepper (0.8 grams)
200 mlsmilk
1 1/2 teaspoonolive oil (8 mls)
Salt content: 0.4% (by weight, not counting salt in other ingredients)
Use any sort of fish you like - cod, coaley, smoked or unsmoked haddock, trout, salmon ...

Method

Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees celsius / 350 F / Gas Mark 4. Place your fish in a dish greased lightly with olive oil. Add the milk. Peel your potatoes, put them in a saucepan and cover with water. Add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. When the potatoes are boiling, put the fish into the oven. After 20 minutes, take the fish out and take the potatoes off the hob. Now turn up the heat of the oven to 220 celsius / 425 F / Gas Mark 7. Pour the water off the potatoes and mash with butter, salt, pepper and the milk you used for the fish. Grate the cheese. Mix the frozen peas and the mash with a fork - do not use too much force to keep the peas intact. Separate the fish into small chunks take off the skin. Spread the mash over the fish and put the grated cheese on top. Put your dish in the oven and leave it there for 20 minutes. If your oven doesn't heat up evenly, turn the dish after 10 minutes. Take out and serve!

Enjoy with a dry white wine - like a French "Entre deux mers"

Step-by-Step Instructions

Recipe PhotoPreheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius / 350 Fahrenheit / Gas Mark 4. Use an ovenproof dish. Pour a small amount of olive oil into the dish and distribute evenly with your fingers. This will keep the fish from sticking to the dish.
Recipe PhotoPlace the fish pieces with the skin side down into the dish, salt and pepper lightly and pour the milk over the fish so it's about half covered.
Recipe PhotoPeel the potatoes, put them in a saucepan and cover them with water. Add a pinch of salt to the water and bring to a boil. When the potatoes are boiling, put the fish into the oven.
Recipe PhotoSet your kitchen timer to 20 minutes, relax and have a glass of wine.
Recipe PhotoGrate the cheese - this doesn't have to be too fine. The chunky cheese grater will do.
Recipe PhotoWhen the 20 minutes are up, drain the potatoes and let them sit in the saucepan without a lid - we want the rest of the water to evaporate.
Recipe PhotoTake the fish out of the oven (so it has been in there for 20 minutes) and drain off the milk. Keep the drained off milk as we will use it later to make the potato mash. Now turn the heat of the oven up to 220 degrees Celsius / 425 Fahrenheit / Gas Mark 7
Recipe PhotoRemove any bits of milk skin from the dish.
Recipe PhotoUsing two forks, separate the fish into small bits pulling them off the skin.
Recipe PhotoThen remove the skin from the dish. It will come off easily as we greased the dish earlier.
Recipe PhotoDistribute the fish evenly.
Recipe PhotoPut the butter, some salt and pepper to the potatoes.
Recipe PhotoAdd 3/4 of the milk you drained off the fish earlier to the mash.
Recipe PhotoNow mash the potatoes until they are smooth and creamy and not crumbly. If it is too thick, add more of the milk. You want a nice, smooth, slighly moist consistency.
Recipe PhotoAdd the frozen peas ...
Recipe Photo... and very gently mix them into the mash using a fork. Be careful not to damage the peas.
Recipe PhotoNow fork the mash on top of the fish ...
Recipe Photo... and spread evenly.
Recipe PhotoPut the grated cheese on top ...
Recipe Photo... and distribute it evenly. Now we can put the dish back into the oven. Leave it there for 20 minutes. After 10 minutes, turn it 180 degrees so the cheese can brown evenly - most ovens don't distribute the heat evenly - not even fan assisted ovens.
Recipe PhotoThis is what your fish pie should look like - enjoy!

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Comments:
9quick , easy, tasty, used Tesco fish pie mix, ( salmon, cod and smoked haddock ), definitely use again
10Love this recipe, I saved it a while back and have made it many times since. The kids love it too- big thumbs up :)
9Tasteful Recipe
10Brilliant recipe, I smiled at 'Set your kitchen timer to 20 minutes, relax and have a glass of wine' Thank you
1010 love the recipe Thank you
10Sounds great will try this tomorrow, good to follow the pictures
10I am going to try this tomorrow . It looks so tasty quick and easy
10Really easy
10making it tonight for second time. might try some ocra in with the cooking fish and sliced tomatoes on top sprinkled with parmeson
7fab thank you
10it was so lovely thank you very much i will use you again
10Thank you so much i love it simple and delicious!!! fantastic....
10I ALWAYS COME BACK TO THIS PAGE. bEST RECIPE FOR BUSY MUM WITH KIDS. nO ONIONY FLAVOURS KIDS DISLIKE. tHANKS
10Fabulous, quick, easy and tasty.
10Excellent recipe...Simple to make and very tasty! :)
10I love this recipe, easy o make and very delicious indeed. In fact my whole family love it!
10very easy, really tasty, best fish pie.
10scrumdiddlyumptious
10Is an awesome easy recipe!
10Great it was the first time I have made fish pie with your recipe it was so easy and with step by step photo's great, plus it tasted wonderful
10Thanks for the recipe and especially the step by step photos! I wanted to try a simple fish pie and it's turned out great each time.
10Absolute belting u made me look like Gordon Ramsey lol thanks
10billiant so easy and tasty yummy thank you
10Brilliant so fast and easy to cook.real time saver.
10Awesome!!I add some oyster sauce and soy sauce to the fish before i add the potatoes - plus i use sweet potatoes. ROCKS!!!
10peeled sliced tomatoes layered in the mix (I alternate fish and potatoes in layers)
10easy to follow will try this recipe today
10simple and straightforward - great
10Fabulous, I'm no cook, very easy to follow
10Really easy
10how long did this take, i need a fish dish with a little of fish prep to do in an hour or less for home economics, thanks!
10Brilliant. Really easy and no messing with making a white sauce. Quick with minimal washing up and a great result. Looks and tastes like a lot more effort has gone into it. A bit hit. Also very adaptable to my own taste. Thanks a million!
10awesome! add some onions and lemon juice also and bam!
1010 Excellent recipe!!!
10smashing pie 10 out of 10
10This is an AWESOME fish pie! I almost cried when I took my first bite- that's how awesome it was! It was a BIG hit with my family as well- thank you so SO SO much for this amazing recipe!
10Easiest fish pie I've ever made. Now that I've succeeded with the basic recipe, I look forward to trying some variations. Thanks!
10I added some mustard to the mashed potatoes. It worked out great
10I absolutely love with recipe. I've made it now 3 times and it's been just as good each time! The pictures are added bonus, making the instructions clear and easy to follow. Thanks for sharing!
10Great pie, thanx for sharing.
10Made this for my office potluck....still get calls from friend's friend's friend ) Best Fish Pie Ever !!
10Nice and Easy to do and Excellent Meal
8made it with carrots instead of peas and it was very tasty too.
10A quick, easy recipe that I adapted to serve 2. I was feeling lazy and needed something which required little effort.Thank you!
10Fantastic recipe, easy to cook. Delicious!
10Fab fab fab
10having cooked this dish many times now i have balanced the fish and potato out to 700g of each and i think it is a better dish for it .. it was swimming in potato with the original measurements ..this is my opinion but it works for us .. having said that it is an easy but great dish
10Simple and delicious, thank you very much indeed.
10Perfect loved it went down a treat thanks
10Exxcellent clear instructions. Pictures explanatory in themselves.So easy to follow. Thank you