Quintessential Fish Pie

This delightful fish pie combines the rich flavours of tender fish, creamy mashed potatoes, and a delectable sauce, all baked to perfection. Ideal for a comforting family dinner, this dish brings the essence of the English countryside to your table.

Ingredients:

For the Sauce:

  • 50g butter
  • 50g flour
  • 350ml milk
  • 350ml fish or vegetable stock (or stock cube)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 50g cheddar cheese, grated
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Black pepper, to taste

For the Pie:

  • 1.5 kg cooked, peeled potatoes (mashed with butter)
  • Fresh spinach
  • 2-3 types of fish, 200-300g each (such as salmon, cod, etc.)
  • Additional grated cheddar cheese for topping

Method:

  1. Prepare the Sauce:
    • Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
    • Stir in the flour to create a roux, cooking for about 1-2 minutes.
    • Gradually whisk in the milk and stock until you have a smooth sauce.
    • Add the mustard and grated cheddar cheese, stirring until the cheese is fully melted and incorporated.
    • Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon, add chopped parsley, and season with black pepper to taste. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Assemble the Pie:
    • Preheat your oven to 200°C (180°C fan).
    • In a suitable baking dish, start by layering the fish evenly at the bottom.
    • Pour the prepared sauce over the fish, ensuring it is well covered.
    • Layer the fresh spinach over the sauce.
    • Spread the mashed potatoes evenly over the spinach layer, smoothing the top with a spoon or spatula.
    • Sprinkle additional grated cheddar cheese over the mashed potatoes.
  3. Bake:
    • Place the baking dish in the preheated oven.
    • Bake for approximately 45 minutes, or until the top is golden and crispy, and the filling is bubbling.
  4. Serve:
    • Once baked, allow the pie to cool slightly before serving. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh parsley for an extra touch of colour and flavour.

This comforting and hearty fish pie is perfect for a cosy family meal, evoking the charm of a traditional English countryside dinner.

Enjoy! 🙂