December 22, 2013

A Recipe for Mums Fish Pie

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From the new Roast Cookbook, a Recipe for Mums Fish Pie. Not that I know whose Mum the title refers to… I rarely eat nor cook fish, probably something to do with not liking it much. Actually that isn’t true, do like fish and seafood (apart from oysters) but never order a fish dish in a restaurant and apart from the odd bit of baked mackerel or trout never cook it at home. Too fussy, too many bones, etc etc. But the doctor says “eat more fish” so I will, well at least try to eat more. Tinned sardines on toast with a dollop of mayo and some chopped parsley counts, right?

This dish is quite lovely; I’ve made it twice now fully intending to post it online (I’ve been given permission to reprint the recipe) but totally neglected to take a photograph last time. So here we have it – A Recipe for Mums Fish Pie from the Roast Cookbook.

mums fish pie

There’s something wonderfully comforting about a rich creamy fish pie on a miserable rainy day. The fish species can be varied in accordance with season, availability, sustainability and value. However you should always include something smoked for depth of flavour. Mussels are also a welcome addition. To make it more luxurious, why not add some prawns or even some lobster meat.

A Recipe for Mums Fish Pie

Mums Fish Pie
Serves 4
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
  1. 1 1/2 onions
  2. 300g white fish fillet (haddock or pollack are ideal)
  3. 100g undyed smoked haddock
  4. 300g salmon fillet
  5. 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves (reserve the stalks)
  6. 1 bay leaf
  7. 500ml milk
  8. 50g butter
  9. 40g plain flour
  10. 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  11. 2 tbsp anchovy sauce (Watkins is a good brand)
  12. 1 1/2 tbsp English mustard
  13. 3 hard-boiled eggs, cut into quarters
  14. juice of 1/2 lemon
For the topping
  1. 700g floury potatoes (Maris Piper are ideal), peeled and halved
  2. 80g softened butter
  3. 100ml warm whole milk
  4. 80g fresh white breadcrumbs (not dried)
  5. 80g grated Cheddar
  1. Preheat your oven to 180ºC/Gas Mark 4.
  2. Slice the half onion and place in a large saucepan along with the three types of fish, the parsley stalks, and the bay leaf. Cover with the milk, bring to the boil, then remove from the heat and rest for 1 minute or until the fish is almost cooked.
  3. Strain through a sieve, reserving the milk, and flake the fish into 3–4cm pieces. Cut the remaining onion into small dice, place in a large saucepan with the butter and cook over a low heat until soft.
  4. Add the flour and stir constantly for about 1 minute, before adding the warm reserved milk a little at a time, stirring continuously to avoid lumps.
  5. Cook the sauce for 3–4 minutes, stirring regularly until you can no longer taste the flour.
  6. Remove from the heat and add the Worcestershire sauce, anchovy sauce, mustard and chopped parsley.
  7. Lay out the flaked fish evenly in a baking dish. Place the egg quarters among the fish. Finally, pour the sauce over the fish and eggs to cover and allow enough room for the topping.
  8. Place in the fridge to cool and set. For the topping, place the potatoes in lightly salted cold water and bring to the boil. Cook for about 15–20 minutes, until well cooked, then drain and allow them to release some steam for a couple of minutes. Mash the potatoes using a masher or even better, a potato ricer.
  9. Gently fold the warm milk and butter into the mash until smooth. Spread an even layer of mash over the pie and drag the prongs of a fork across the top creating grooves, which will help to form a crust when baked.
  10. Bake in the oven for 25–30 minutes until hot through. Mix the breadcrumbs and grated Cheddar in a bowl, then sprinkle over the top of the pie. Bake for a further 5 minutes until the topping is golden and crispy.
  11. Finish under the grill if necessary.
Adapted from Roast Cookbook
Adapted from Roast Cookbook
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  1. Jeanne @ Cooksister January 10, 2014

    Fish pie is one of the great cornerstones of British cuisine if you ask me! LOve the look of this example (and yes, sardines on toast DO count! Oily fish, no less, with all attendant health benefits! 😉


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