Robbie’s Inspiration – Recipes from around the world: Fish pie

Last week I didn’t post a recipe. I was away at a game reserve with my family and our access to Wi-Fi and cell phone signal was unreliable so I took a break from blogging.

On Saturday, I made fish pie which is a favourite dish of my mom’s (although dad doesn’t care for it – he got a serving of the lamb stout stew I made for Sunday night). Do you have a family with different tastes in food?

Ingredients

1.2 kilograms potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters

100 grams + 125 grams butter

pinch nutmeg

salt and pepper to taste

500 grams haddock

400 grams white fish, I used hake

500 grams peeled prawns

1 medium onion peeled and chopped

1 litre milk + 150 ml

4 eggs

125 ml plain flour

150 grams grated cheese

Method

place the fish and prawns in a pan and cover with the milk. Add the onion. Bring to the boil and simmer for 8 minutes.

In a large saucepan, boil the potatoes in salted water until soft and slightly flaky. Boil the eggs in a small saucepan for 8 minutes and then place in a dish of cold water to cool.

Remove the fish and onion from the milk and retain the milk.

mash the potatoes and add the 100 grams butter, 150 ml milk and salt, pepper and the nutmeg.

In a saucepan, melt the 125 grams butter. Add the flour and make a paste, cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly add the milk and stir constantly while it comes to the boil. The heat should be medium and not to hot so the milk heats more slowly. By the time bubbles form, the sauce should be thick.

Flake the fish and line the bottom of a dish with the fish and prawns. Peel the eggs, cut into quarters, and place on top of fish. Pour over the white sauce. Layer the mashed potatoes over the sauce and fish. Cover with a thin layer of cheese.

Heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Bake the pie for 45 minutes until the cheese is melted and slightly browned.

67 thoughts on “Robbie’s Inspiration – Recipes from around the world: Fish pie

    1. Hi Rosie, Brits seem to like this dish. Whenever I travel to the UK I always have it at least twice while visiting family. It’s a good thing we all like it except dad and he doesn’t come on our trips.

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  1. Mum used to make a smoked haddock pie. Although I love seafood, that one was never a favourite. When I grew up, we ate what we were given (and were grateful for it) or went without. There are now so many different foodie needs in my small family of 8 (children, partners and grandchildren) that my mind boggles in trying to please them all. It’s easier to go out and let the menu provide. 😂

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    1. Hi Norah, I will generally try to please both mom and dad when I cook over weekends. They each get one dish they like and must have it both nights if they don’t like the other. I’m grateful they are both around to drive me nutty with their fussy food choices so I don’t mind catering for them.

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  2. I’ve never heard of fish pie and although it looks a little plain, I bet it’s divine. Sounds like my house with my husband and I having opposite taste buds. Thanks for sharing this as I like having new things to try! 💖

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    1. Hi Cindy, the idea is to keep the contrasting tastes of the fish and prawns as the overwhelming taste experience so that is why this dish doesn’t have a lot of herbs or spices. It is surprisingly nice.

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  3. My wife buys Fish Pie Mix from the fish counter in a supermarket. Then she makes two, one for dinner, another for the freezer. I don’t eat it, although I like fish. For some reason, I find combining the ingredients makes it taste ‘too strong’. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. I’ve never heard of fish pie but since we like fish, we’d probably like it. I wonder if it’s similar to a chicken pot pie but with the added cheese. Our kids didn’t like fish when they were growing up, but as adults they’ve acquired a taste, though a subtle one. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Robbie.

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