Jamie Oliver's Fish Pie

By A Wee Bit of Cake - January 08, 2015

A non cake related post for a change!

I adore cookbooks, I have a mild addiction to them but if I'm honest they really don't get used as often as they should. When I sat down to do my first meal plan after Christmas I knew I needed to get the books out and make something different instead of the usual stuff. I am determined to try and make at least one new dish a week instead of sticking with the old favourites.

Also, like the rest of the country I am pretty skint this month. Christmas mixed with changing jobs has meant I have to go 6 weeks til payday!!! It's time to tighten the purse strings while making healthy and nutritious meals at the same time.

After browsing through my book cupboards (yes, I have 2...) I realised I had hardly used my Save With Jamie book even though I've had it a year already. I spotted the fish pie recipe and it looked fairly simple so I decided to give it a go. Some reviews are critical of this book and say the recipes don't work out that cheap but this fish pie was really cheap to make. All the fish and almost all the veg is frozen and after digging in the freezer I realised I already had some of the ingredients in there.

Start to finish I had it ready in just over an hour which I think is pretty quick for a pie and the first time I had made it. Now it's supposed to serve 8 but I under estimated Mr T's love of fish pie. He went back for third helpings (and very large ones at that) so we only got about 5 portions out of it.

I've tweaked the recipe slightly by removing the lemon, halving the amount of peas, boiling them in with the potatoes and removing the cheese but other than that it really is a great wee recipe and something I plan to make a lot more often.

Testing out my new pie dish from Santa
Jamie Oliver Fish Pie

1kg potatoes
40g butter
200g frozen peas
2 carrots
2 onions
500ml milk
300g frozen salmon fillets
200g frozen white fish fillets
65g plain flour
100g frozen spinach
125g frozen prawns
1 tsp mustard
  • Preheat the oven to 180C (fan)
  • Peel the potatoes and chop into small even chunks. 
  • Place in a pan of boiling water and cook over a high heat until soft (about 20-25mins)
  • When the potatoes are halfway through cooking add the peas to the same pan.
  • Peel and chop the carrots and onions and place in a pan on a medium heat with a good glug of oil until soft making sure to stir occasionally.
  • Heat the milk in a deep frying pan over a medium heat, once simmering add the fish fillets and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Once cooked remove the fish with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • By now the carrots and onions will have softened. Stir in the flour then gradually stir in the milk until it forms a sauce.
  • Stir in the prawns and spinach until the spinach has softened.
  • Stir in the mustard and season well.
  • By now the potatoes will be soft and ready to mash. Add the butter to the pan, season well and mash the peas and potatoes together until well combined but allowing a few flecks of peas to remain.
  • Flake the fish fillets into your pie dish, pour over the sauce and veg and spread over with the mashed potato. I find it easier to use a piping bag and ruffle the mash with a fork.
  • Bake in the oven for 25-30mins until the potato is crispy on top.
  • Serve with a selection of veg and enjoy!

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  1. I love fish pie, but I always think it's really expensive to make because of all of the fish. Using frozen would save a fair amount though, so I might well have to try this soon. I'm saving this post for later!

    Rachel x
    The Inelegant Wench

    PS- Love your pie dish!

    1. The same thing put me off for years too, I always thought it was too expensive. I bought a bag of frozen salmon, a bag of frozen pollock, a bag of frozen prawns and after making this dish on two occasions I still have some salmon and pollock left over. It's definitely a cheap dish to make.

  2. This pie looks simply fantastic! Really good work, I'm impressed :)

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