There is no doubt that fish pie is a much-loved dish and a great comfort food for many. Giving a portion of fish pie to your children when they are young is an excellent way of introducing them to eating fish, especially as the fish is hidden in a delicious creamy sauce and sits under either a browned pastry or crispy potato topping.
There are many variations on fish pie. In a simple recipe for fish pie, cod and haddock are generally used. Other recipes call for any white fish fillet, whilst more elaborate recipes ask for salmon, prawns and vegetables such as leeks or mushrooms.
The fish is poached in milk, flaked into pieces and placed in the bottom of a pie dish. The pieces are then covered with a white sauce and topped with a crust.
In most recipes for fish pie, the topping consists of a layer of creamy mashed potato, sprinkled with cheese. However, some recipes use shortcrust or puff pastry and others use a layer of sliced potatoes.
Below we offer you two fish pie recipes plus variations that range from simple to more detailed: