Nick’s Family Fish Pie: Want To Know How To Make One?

Nick’s Family Fish Pie…

Serves 4-6

You will need:

  • 400g Skinned salmon fillet
  • 400g Thick skinned cod fillet
  • 200g Fresh scallops, roes removed (optional)
  • 200g Shelled raw king prawns
  • 100g Frozen peas, defrosted and drained
  • Freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the cheesy white sauce:

  • 90g Graham’s organic butter butter
  • 45g Flour
  • 600ml Graham’s organic whole milk
  • 100ml Graham’s organic double Cream (optional, but if not using add same amount of additional milk)
  • 50g Freshly grated cheddar cheese
  • 50g Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (or more cheddar)
  • 1-3 Teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Finely grated zest and juice of ½ a lemon
  • 350g Warm mashed potato
  • Butter
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/fan180ºC/gas 6.
  2. Cut the salmon and cod into large chunks and remove the tough little muscle that sometimes adheres to one side of the scallop (if using).
  3. If the scallops are huge, cut in half around the middle.
  4. Toss the fish with a splash of lemon juice and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Tip into the bottom of an oven-proof dish that will take the fish leaving enough room for a topping of mashed potato.
  6. Sprinkle over the defrosted, drained peas.
  7. Next make the white sauce.
  8. Melt the butter in a medium heavy saucepan, add the flour and using a heatproof spatula or wooden spoon stir over the heat for 2-3 minutes.
  9. When you have a smooth bubbling paste that is beginning to turn a sandy brown and starts to smell toasty, switch to a wire whisk and begin to add the milk.
  10. Leaving the pan on the heat whisk in the milk in 2 or 3 goes, whisking well to beat out the lumps.
  11. Make sure it is well blended.
  12. Return to the heat and slowly bring to the boil, whisking all the time.
  13. Once thickened, stir in the grated Cheddar, Parmesan and Dijon mustard, lemon zest and juice to taste.
  14. Taste and season.
  15. Pour over the fish and peas to cover and stir gently.
  16. Spoon the warmed mashed potato in dollops all over the surface then use the back of the spoon to spread out the potato and join the dollops together.
  17. Brush the surface with melted butter and fluff up the surface with the back of a fork – this looks good and gives nice crunchy bits.
  18. Bake for about 20 minutes until golden brown and bubbling, let it rest for 5 minutes before serving with your favourite greens or salad.

Recipe and photo credit by – Grahams The family Dairy

Claire Justine
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  1. Judy Haughton-James
    6th September 2012 / 10:51 pm

    I have never had a fish pie. It certainly looks yummy Clairejustine!

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