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Family Fish Pie

A great dish to share with friends or family.


For the Filling

  • 100g butter
  • 50g plain flour
  • 750ml milk
  • 150g frozen peas
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 bay leaves
  • Small bunch of chopped parsley
  • 250g cod
  • 250g king prawns
  • 1kg floury potatoes
  • 50g grated cheese

Step 1

Place the fish and prawns in a large frying pan and pour in 500ml of the milk. Stud each onion quarter with a clove and place in the pan with the bay leaves

Step 2

Bring the milk to the boil, then reduce the heat to simmer for around 8 minutes to poach the fish

Step 3

Lift the fish out of the pan onto a plate and strain the milk into a jug to cool, discarding the onion, cloves and bay leaves

Step 4

Flake the fish into large pieces in the baking dish, mix in the frozen peas and sprinkle over half of the chopped parsley

Step 5

To make the fish sauce. Melt half of the butter on a medium heat in a pan and stir in the flour continuing to stir for about a minute. Take off the heat and pour in a little of the cold poaching milk. Keep adding and stirring until blended and you have a smooth sauce. Return the sauce to the heat and bring it to the boil, stirring continually until it coats the back of a spoon. Season with salt and pepper and pour over the fish

Step 6

For the mash, bring the potatoes to the boil in salted water and simmer until soft. Drain them well and allow to dry for around 5 minutes

Step 7

Add the remaining 250ml of milk and remaining 50g of butter and mash well before seasoning with salt and pepper

Step 8

Spoon or pipe the mash over the top to cover the fish, scraping it flat and fluffy to the edges with a fork. Sprinkle on the cheese

Step 9

Place the dish on a flat tray in a pre-heated oven at 200°c/ 390°f / Gas Mark 6 and bake for 30 minutes, or until the topping is golden

Step 10

Once baked, sprinkle on the remaining parsley and serve hot