Classic Creamy Fish Pie

Absolutely perfect for the chilly winter evenings, this tasty and filling fish pie is a winner with our whole family. I sometimes add a handful of frozen peas and / or sweetcorn to the pie mix to get some extra veg into the children!

Serves 4     Prep: 30mins   Cooking: 30mins

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For the pie mix:
200g Staal undyed Smoked Haddock fillet, skinless and boneless, cut into 5cm chunks
170g Staal Oak Roast salmon portion, flaked into 3cm chunks
200g cod fillets, skinless and boneless, cut into 5cm chunks
100g raw king prawns
40g butter
40g plain flour
125ml white wine
300ml fish stock
75ml double cream
Half tbsp anchovy essence or Gentleman’s Relish (optional)
2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
the juice of half a lemon
100ml milk

For the topping:
1kg floury potatoes, such as King Edward or Maris Piper, peeled and halved or cut into 5cm chunks
40g butter
2 tbsp Parmesan, finely grated


1. Preheat your oven to 180C / gas mark 4.

2. Put the potatoes in a large pan of cold, salted water and gently bring to the boil. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender. Drain, and set aside to steam dry for five minutes. Mash or press through a ricer while still warm. Set aside.

3. While the potatoes are cooking, make the sauce for the fish pie: Melt 50g butter in a large frying pan. Add the flour and stir to make a thick paste. Cook over a medium heat for three minutes, stirring. Remove from the heat, then gradually add the wine, stirring until smooth. Return to the heat and add the stock, then bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes, stirring, until the sauce is the consistency of Greek yogurt. Add the cream, anchovy essence (if using), parsley and lemon juice. Season and set aside.

3. In a large saucepan, heat the remaining butter and the milk with plenty of seasoning. Remove from the heat and beat in a third of the mashed potato to a loose consistency, then the remaining potato, until thick and fluffy.

4. Stir the fish and prawns into the sauce. Spoon into a two-litre baking dish. Top with potato, peaking the surface with the back of a fork, then sprinkle on the cheese. Bake for 30 minutes, until golden and bubbling.

Serve the pie on its own or with broccoli, peas, or sweetcorn. Enjoy!

This recipe was adapted from the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Ultimate Fish Pie recipe.

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