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Fish Pie

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Nothing beats a creamy fish pie recipe for some hearty comfort food. Chunks of fish, peas and sweetcorn in a delicious parsley white sauce topped with creamy mash. A family dinner recipe that is perfect for everyone. Comfort food at its finest!
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[DISCLAIMER] I have significantly reduced my consumption of fish after watching a Netflix documentary called Seaspiracy (which I recommend that everyone watch). A 2021 film made about the true tragedies behind the seafood industry. This fish pakora recipe was made prior to me watching this documentary. Due to this and other research I have undertaken I have now made the decision to limit my intake of fish. Although I have not entirely stopped eating it yet. This fish recipe was made prior to this decision.

Fish pie, also known as Fisherman’s pie, is a traditional British dish. This is a simple fish pie recipe that is a great excuse to pack in veg, so use whatever you have on hand. Nothing beats this fish pie recipe for a hearty comfort food. Chunks of fish poached in a thick parsley sauce then topped with a buttery mash. Served along a warm cup of tea and perfect for these cold winter nights!

This fish pie recipe is one of one of my family’s top favourite dinner recipes. It is the perfect comfort food, made with creamy mash and fish chunks in a parsley sauce.

The idea of making fish pie first popped in my head due to one of my favourite freezer foods. Young’s fisherman’s pie and admiral’s pie. I absolutely LOVE this fisherman’s pie and admiral’s pie and there is nothing that tastes quite like it. However, the problem arises is that everyone in my family always wants some. This means that no one ever gets enough. It tastes SO good. But it also ends up turning out to be quite pricy if I ever buy enough to satisfy the whole family. So, I thought hey why not make a homemade version?

 

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Originally when I first started making it, I never used to add parsley sauce. This resulted in a rather dry dish. It did taste somewhat nice, don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t quite there yet. I wanted to get that sauce within the dish. So, I made the parsley sauce and cooked the fish in it. The first time I tried it like that I made a small batch. It went down an absolute treat. I had to make it again the next day because my siblings were all complaining that they didn’t get enough.

Usually, I only add peas and sweetcorn to the dish, but you could add any vegetables you like. You could omit the vegetables entirely. Although why on earth would you do that unless you wanted to serve them separately. That isn’t a bad shout actually, because I sometimes do it as well. It is entirely up to you! The world is your fish (oyster, but not oyster…). I showed my brother my bad pun and he just looked me dead in the eye and said I’m not funny. I think I’m funny though…

 

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Anyways back to the dish this creamy mash potato topping might be a bit too creamy for some people. You can omit the milk or reduce the milk if want a thicker consistency of mash. I personally like a rather runny mash because it just gives it that comfort food feeling. You can just throw a spoonful into a bowl. Turn on the TV and just eat it up with that cosy and warm feeling. My shepherd’s pie recipe has a much thicker mash, so you can check that out if you prefer your mash to be that sort of way. Ever since I got the idea from Natasha of Natasha’s Kitchen, I have always used a whisk to make my mash. I know this is not the ideal way to make mash, but I love the texture I get from it. You don’t have to do it!

Serve this fish pie with a side of crispy French fries for the perfect comfort food dinner.

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Fish Pie

by Sadia Halimah Aziz
Fish pie, also known as Fisherman’s pie, is a traditional British dish. This is a simple fish pie recipe that is a great excuse to pack in veg, so use whatever you have on hand. Nothing beats this fish pie recipe for a hearty comfort food. Chunks of fish poached in a thick parsley sauce then topped with a buttery mash. Served along a warm cup of tea and perfect for these cold winter nights!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 5 servings
Calories 845

Ingredients
  

Fish Filling

  • 25 g Butter melted
  • 25 g Plain Flour
  • 500 ml Milk/Doodh
  • 600 g Whitefish/Machli
  • 50 g Frozen Peas/Matar
  • 100 g Frozen Sweetcorn
  • 1 tsp Salt/Namak
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper/Kali Mirch Powder
  • 10 g Flat Leaf Parsley

Mashed Potato Topping

  • 1 kg Potatoes/Aloo
  • 150 ml Milk/Doodh hot
  • 120 g Butter melted
  • 1 tsp Salt/Namak

Instructions
 

  • Peel the potatoes and cut into small pieces before adding into a saucepan and covering with enough water to cover the potatoes by 1 inch
  • Bring the water to a boil over high heat then reduce the heat to medium and leave to gently simmer for 10 minutes until the potatoes are boiled and can be easily pierced with a knife
  • Whilst the potatoes are boiling add the whole milk into a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil
  • Then in another pan melt the butter completely on low heat before adding the plain flour and cooking for 3-4 minutes whilst stirring continuously until a thick paste forms – this is called a roux
  • Add the boiled milk gradually to the roux, stirring continuously, and cook for 5-7 minutes on medium heat until the sauce has thickened
  • Add the salt and black pepper and cook for 1-2 minutes
  • Finely chop the parsley and cook for a further 1-2 minutes
  • Add the fish chunks and baste the fish with the sauce before reducing the heat to low then cover and cook for 6-8 minutes – the cooking time will depend on the type of fish that you use as some fish will take longer to cook
  • As the fish is cooking prepare the mash by draining the potatoes and mashing until there are no lumps
  • Add the melted butter and the milk then mash until well combined – you could use an electric whisk to make the mask even creamier
  • Add the salt then mix until well combined before setting aside
  • Remove the lid and gently break the fish into small pieces then add the frozen peas and sweetcorn before cooking for 1-2 minutes until the mixture has thickened and the majority of the water has been evaporated
  • Transfer filling into an ovenproof dish and top with the mashed potatoes mixture – you could add cheese if you want to
  • Bake in the centre of preheated oven at 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4 for 15-17 minutes
  • Your fish pie is ready!

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Keyword comfort food, dinner

Sadia Halimah Aziz

The Aziz Kitchen | Food Blogger

I’m Sadia, the person behind The Aziz Kitchen. A 20-and-some year-old Muslim aspiring doctor and writer who loves to experiment with cooking, baking and all things food. On this blog you will find my favourite, delicious, family-friendly recipes.

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