|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 28g||36%|
|Saturated Fat 11g||55%|
|Total Carbohydrate 65g||24%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||18%|
|Total Sugars 5g|
|Vitamin C 34mg||168%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This British fish pie is a one-pot supper dish that is easy to make and can be economical to cook. The pie is made with a combination of fish, so feel free to use any you have on hand, or ask your fishmonger for a selection of fish scraps (usually, they will charge you less than the market price). The fish is poached in a fish stock and milk mixture, combined with cooked leeks and parsley, and then topped with a fluffy layer of mashed potatoes before baking until golden brown. It can be sprinkled with grated cheese, if desired, for added richness. Serve the fish pie with peas or other fresh greens for a complete meal.
1 cup fish stock
1 cup milk
12 ounces fish, skin and bones removed, cut into bite-sized chunks
1 bay leaf
2 ounces (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1 medium leek, white part only, washed thoroughly and finely sliced
2 ounces all purpose flour (a little less than 1/2 cup)
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
Salt, to taste
Dash ground black pepper, or to taste
5 1/2 cups mashed potatoes (warm and creamy)
A handful of grated cheddar cheese, optional
Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 355 F/180 C.
Pour the fish stock and milk into a large saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer.
Add the fish pieces and bay leaf and poach for 5 minutes.
Remove the fish pieces with a slotted spoon and set aside. Reserve the liquid in the pot.
Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add the sliced leek and cook for 5 minutes until the leek is soft.
While still hot, add the flour and stir well with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes.
Pour the fish poaching liquid into the pan and stir again. Raise the temperature and cook for 3 minutes until the sauce is slightly thickened.
Turn off the heat, remove the bay leaf, and add the poached fish and chopped parsley. Season with salt and pepper.
Spoon the fish mixture into an ovenproof dish. Cover with a thick layer of mashed potatoes and fluff them up with a fork. For a more professional look, you can pipe the mashed potatoes using a piping bag with a large nozzle.
Sprinkle with the grated cheese if using.
Put the dish on a baking sheet and cook in the center of the preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the sauce is bubbling beneath the potatoes. Serve immediately and enjoy.
How to Store and Freeze
- Refrigerate leftover fish pie in a covered container for up to 3 days.
- The whole pie or leftover pie may be frozen in the baking dish or another container. To freeze the pie, cover the baking dish or container tightly with foil and freeze for up to 3 months.
- Defrost the frozen fish pie in the refrigerator overnight. Cover the pie with foil and bake it in a preheated 375 F oven for about 30 to 45 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
- It is best to use fresh, seasonal fish whenever possible, but frozen is fine as long as you defrost it first to avoid water in the bottom of the casserole dish. Using fish that isn't properly defrosted can lead to a watery fish pie.
- Choose non-oily, fleshy fish such as salmon, cod, smoked haddock, and coley (aka pollock), which is similar to cod.
- Either buy one type of fish or mix different fish, even shrimp or prawns, together.
- Bake the pie in a 2-quart to 2 1/2-quart baking dish.
- Give the pie a little crunch with a final sprinkling of crushed potato chips or panko crumbs.
- Add extra flavor to the sauce with some chopped fresh dill or chives, or add a grating of nutmeg.
- Boiled eggs are often added to fish pie. Chop 3 or 4 peeled, hard-boiled. Sprinkle the chopped eggs over the sauce mixture just before topping with the mashed potatoes.
- A bit of wine can add complex flavor to the sauce. Just before adding the poaching liquid to the leek mixture, add about 1/3 cup of dry white wine.
What Wine Goes With British Fish Pie?
Choose a smooth, dry white wine. Unoaked chardonnay, chenin blanc, pinot gris, and sauvignon blanc are all good options. If you prefer a red wine, choose pinot noir or Beaujolais.