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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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 ...


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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10I have tried this several times and it is my go to recipe..I am doing it for lunch today. Yummmy
10I'm going to give it a go and I love the idea of the peas
9very easy to follow. my husband is going to be very pleased. so easy and fast for dinner tonight. The best recipee.
10Wonderful,Brilliant,Tasty, and easy to make. Love it!!!
10my 1st fish pie looks just like yours mmm hope it tastes good. Instead of milk I used coconut cream and cream, 1 potato and 1 Sweet Potato. 1 Tin of Tuna in oil and 1 tin of Tuna in spring water.
10I like it because it is easy to make you don't need a lot of time to make it
10excellent flavour without the sauce
10This is how all recipes should be presented online. Wonderful. .
1010 out 10 beautiful
1010 nice to do it your way!
10I used a mix of pollock, smoked haddock and prawns to great effect, probably more like 500g fish and used 250g cheese as we love it cheesy. Great recipe that can be adapted to whatever fish is the best value - will try salmon next time. Friends were very complimentary. Thanks!!
10Lovely pie very best fishpie I've ever tasted
10easy to make and delicious.
10Great, thanks for this. Will be my first pie. Its in the oven as I type this and looks good. Instead of peas I cut up Green beans and carrots into small pieces. Thank you again.
9real tasty will be doing this one a lot
10Great reciepe
9will def try this method
10Love the visual prompts. As a really inexperienced cook, I think recipe is fab! Thank you :) esp love the fact your telling me to sit down & drink wine!!!
10Her. Indoors loved it , James inverness. Scotland
10Great dish I have cooked before. A long time ago. Thought I knew the routine and just followed WRITTEN instructions and found the mash too runny. Then I looked at the step by step instructions, lo and behold it says 3/4 of the milk.Please amend the WRITTEN instructions. I am waiting for the dish to cook right now, hope it is not ruined.!!!!!!
10Thankyou - am making it right now!
10Looks and sounds good to me. Other recipes have too many ingredients I don't like.First attempt at fish pie this weekend.Thx
8Do not tell me to enjoy. I do not take orders. I have the same problem with waiters. I will say whether it was enjoyable or not
10So easy and yummy, thanks!
10Very easy recipe, eating it right now for dinner and the kids are absolutely loving it!! Thank you
10just brill
9Excellent easy to follow receipe thx :)
10Very easy to follow. Can't wait!
10Must try
10Can't wait! Sounds delicious.
10so easy to make and so tasty
8going to make it for supper tonight, have never cooked fish pie before. looks simple to do which appeals to me no tricky sauces to make.
10Looks really good I am going to make the fish pie on Monday. Thanks.
10Going to make this today!
10Thank you... Will be using it!
9Fantastic easy receipe thank you made this dish three times now :)
10First time I have made a fish pie we loved it thankyou
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9Great. Found the pictures very useful.
10I've made this many times using your recipe, with salmon or cod. Delicious and fool-proof every time!
10the easiest way to make a fish pie. Great without the flour.
10Very easy and. Nice
10It's a great Entre as easy and you can make it the day before and reheat or at least have the fish ready.. from a Candian
10It's a great Entre as easy and you can make it the day before and reheat or at least have the fish ready.. from a Candian
10easy to understand and yummy
10love it for years!
10brill, tks