Traditional Fish Pie…

Traditional Fish Pie…

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 2 hours
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
Serves 4

  • 1.25kg potatoes, peeled
  • 100g butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Sea salt and freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 small onion, thickly sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Approx 550ml milk
  • 300ml double cream
  • 450g unskinned haddock fillets
  • 225g undyed smoked haddock fillets
  • 45g plain flour
  • 5 tbsp chopped flatleaf parsley
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg


  1. Place the potatoes in boiling water and boil for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Drain, mash and add half the butter and the egg yolk.
  3. Season with salt and freshly ground white pepper.
  4. Add about 100ml milk until the mash is soft and spreadable.
  5. Put the onion slices in a large pan with the bay leaf, 450ml of the milk, the cream, and the smoked and unsmoked haddock.
  6. Bring just to the boil and simmer for 8 minutes.
  7. Lift the fish out on to a plate and strain the milk and cream into a jug.
  8. Break the fish into large flakes, checking for any bones. 
  9. Place the fish into a shallow 1.75 itre ovenproof dish.
  10. Melt the remaining butter in a pan, add the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  11. Take the pan off the heat and gradually stir in the reserved milk and cream.
  12. Return to the heat and bring slowly to the boil, stirring all the time.
  13. Simmer gently for 10 minutes to cook out the flour.
  14. Remove from the heat once more, stir in the parsley and season with nutmeg, salt and white pepper.
  15. Pour the sauce over the fish and leave to cool.
  16. Spoon the potato over the filling. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until piping hot and golden brown.

Recipe and photo credit by –   Fish Is The Dish


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  1. Marilyn
    March 1, 2012 / 1:50 pm

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  2. Lou
    March 1, 2012 / 3:35 pm

    Well now you've gone and done it..I absolutely love fish pie, although my recipe is slightly different to yours, which is of no consequence……but yes you've ruined my diet for today, because I am just going to be thinking about fish pie all day long and I know the only way to satisfy the craving is to make it….Can I even get Haddock or Cod here in LA, I haven't seen any….Don't think it will be anywhere near the same with Talapia (far to delicate a taste)…..Bugger I could be craving fish pie forever now, or at least until I am back in the UK later this year…Thank you for making me drool…Lou 🙂

  3. The Belly Dancer
    March 2, 2012 / 2:30 am

    It looks delicious, I have saved the recipe for later!

  4. KIT @ i-lostinausten
    March 2, 2012 / 9:03 am

    Gosh! These looks so inviting ! YUMMY!

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