A taste of the sea – Quick and Easy Fish Pie

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A taste of the sea – Quick and Easy Fish Pie

First, a little apology for not having posted for so long. Unfortunately the day job got in the way and I didn’t have time to play! Added to that my esteemed photographer (my husband) has been working away from home so all in all it’s been a little tricky to get any posts up. This one was done back in May but I’ve only just had the chance to post it now. Better late than never!

Three Christmases ago my Mum and Dad gave me a lovely fish shaped dish, for fish pie, as my Christmas present. It was the last present my Mum ever gave me and it means a lot to me. When I was mulling over what to share with you on my website I decided to make a fish pie and to use Mum’s dish. As luck would have it, I also had just the right recipe for it.

This recipe started it’s days as a microwave fish pie, I developed it for the BBC when I was their microwave cookery expert. “Oh nooo!” I hear you cry “I haven’t got a microwave”. Fear not, I have converted it to a conventional hob and oven recipe, just for you. But, if you would like the microwave recipe, well, you only have to ask. :-)

IngredientsFish Pie Ingredients

1 lb Smoked haddock

2 oz Peeled prawns (if you don’t like or haven’t got any prawns then you can leave them out)

1 oz butter

1 medium Onion, finely chopped

1 pt Milk

2 Tbls Cornflour

½ to 1 tsp Mustard powder

6 oz Mild cheddar cheese, grated

1 lb Potatoes, cooked and mashed

Salt and pepper to taste

You will also need a large casserole dish


Preheat your oven to 190C/375F/Gas mark 5

Place the haddock into a large pan of boiling water and reduce the heat to a light simmer. Poach the fish until it is cooked. You can test to see if the fish cooked by gently putting a fork into it, if the meat flakes off easily you can be pretty sure it is cooked.

Remove the fish from the pan and drain off any excess water. Once the water has drained off, flake the fish. I like to have to have large chunks of fish in my pie, but you can have the flakes as large or small as you like.

Melt the butter in a large pan, I use a wok and add the onion. Gently fry the onion until cooked.

Place the cornflour and mustard into a small bowl and blend with a little of the milk. For some reason I have never been able to use plain flour to thicken my sauces. Believe me, I have tried, but it always ends up lumpy. I discovered that cornflour worked every time, so I gave up trying to make my sauces with flour. Result, one happy cook

Pour the milk into the pan with the onion and bring it to the boil. Add the blended cornflour and mustard. Cook until the sauce thickens. Stir in the prawns, haddock and cheese.

Pour the mixture into the casserole dish and either pipe or spread the mashed potato over the top.

If you are in a hurry you can place the pie under the grill to brown the potato on the top. Or, alternatively, pop the pie into the oven for about 20 – 30 mins until the top has browned.

This is such a quick and easy meal to make but is really tasty and of course you can use any fish you like in it. The pie is delicious served with crusty bread, a light salad or peas. However you choose to serve it I promise you, it will be delicious.

Fish Pie

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  1. Hi Jen! I missed your posts a lot!! I read that you are busy with a lot of exciting projects so I totally understand that you do not have time for blogging your favourite recipes. I’m glad to hear that you are doing well. Nice family friendly recipe, Jen. My husband is not a great fun of fish and potatoes combination…but I could try this one. I still cook your korma recipe. Ciao

    • It has been lovely to receive the comments on this blog and to know that I have been missed. I am going to try to get some more recipes sorted over the next few weeks. I love coming up with new recipes and have really missed you all too. :-)

      I’ve been making mozzarella cheese so watch out for that recipe. :-)

  2. Welcome back to blogosphere Jen. Perfect timing with a fish pie for our cold winter nights. Looking forward to your latest creations.

    ( I’ve had my blog hosted now so you may not be getting my updates anymore if you still want them.)



    • Hi David,
      Thank you for your kind comments! It is nice to know that I have been missed. :-)
      Life has been a bit hectic for the past 6 months. I’ve made two progs for the Horse and Country Channel, whilst also dubbing a DVD into German and making a load of proms! Added to which Mark, my trustee camera man has been working over in Glasgow on the Antiques Road Trip and now a new cookery prog for the BBC.
      Yes of course I would like the link to your blog. Who knows I might find some time to take a peek at it. However I am booked to make another DVD for Crafter’s Companion and am waiting to hear back from Horse and Country about a mini series. Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me. :-)
      Kind regards,

  3. Welcome welcome back my friend you have been sorely missed :)
    This is a lovely dish to restart your blog with!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • I have also missed you! I just hope I will have a bit more time to do some blogging and to read your posts.

      As you will see from my response to David above, I have had a busy summer and it isn’t slowing down. And in the middle of it all my Dad sadly died. So it has been an odd time for me. :-(
      Thank you for your kind comments and I look forward to getting back into the swing of things blogwise. I do love your blogs and have missed reading them. Although I will be doing so in the near future :-)

      Kind regards,