Fish Pie Recipe you'll love! (2024)

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Fish Pie is classicBritish comfort foodthat’s easy to make and can be made with a variety of fish and shellfish

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What is Fish Pie?

Fish Pie (sometimes known as Fisherman’s Pie) is a classic British recipethat’s the ultimate in weeknight comfort food!

It’s typically made by first poaching the fishlightly in milk, and then that milk is used to make the white sauce. The pie is topped with mashed potato rather than pastry and baked in a hot oven.

I grew up on the West Coast of Scotland so the fish pie my family made had locally caught fish which often includedcod, haddock, Whiting, or Pollock. We didn’t usually prawns to it (they are similar to US shrimp) but I’ve added them to my recipe.

Smoked haddock is a very popular optionthat’s often mixed in with the other fish, but I couldn’t find any in Mississippi.

I’ve also added green peas and hard cooked eggs as that’s the way my Mother in Law made it and I really liked her version.

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How Do I Make Fish Pie?

The first step is to select your fish. I used salmon and shrimpas that was the best option available in my grocery store.

Ideally you are looking for firm fleshed salt water fish that will hold up well during cooking and not fall apart. Personally, I don’t think fresh water fish such as Bass, Crappie or Catfishwill provide the same flavor as salt water fish, so I would avoid them.

Once you are ready to cook, you need to preheat your oven to 350F.

In order to get a mild fish taste in the milk that you will use for your whitesauce, you either need to simmer the fish in the milk for a few minutes, or you can follow my lead and simply simmer the shrimp shells in the milk for about 20 minutes and that willwork in the same way.

Next, you’ll need to peel and boil the potatoes, then mash them and add a little butter and milk.

Nowseason the milk with salt, pepper, lemon juice, and fresh chopped parsley. Then, add two tablespoons of tapioca starch (or cornstarch if you are not following paleo/w30) and bring slowly to the boil until the white sauce is thickened.

Layer the fish, shrimp, hard boiled egg slices into an 8×8 inch oven proof dish. Then pour over the white sauce, let it chill for 15 minutes in the fridge so the sauce will thicken a little before adding the potatoes

Lastly, add the mashed potato over the top of the fish and bake for 30-40 minutes.

It’s a full meal in itself, but I sometimes serve it with steamed broccoli or green beans, and if you made this lovely gluten & rice free multigrain bread from Allergy Free Alaska that would also be a perfect accompaniment too.

Make it Dairy Free

I made this pie dairy free by using unsweetened Soy Milk for the white sauce, and dairy free margarine for the mashed potatoes.

Can I freeze it?

The pie will keep in the fridge for a couple of days, so that’s always an option. One thing to note is that generally speaking potatoes do not freeze well, so if you want to freeze it I would just layer the uncooked fishinto the oven dish, then layer with the cooked white sauce and freeze it in the oven dish.

On the day you plan to serve it, defrost it and cook, mash and add the potatoes and, then just follow the directions for baking it.

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More Gluten Free British Recipes!

I have several gluten free British Recipes right here on Noshtastic, so don’t leave without checking them out. If you’re looking for another easy dinner recipes try my Gluten Free Shepherd’s Pie, it’s one of my mostpopular posts year round.

I also have a couple of gluten free British Baking Recipes you may want to try including Gluten Free Empire Biscuits, and a recipe for gluten free Shortbread Cookies.

Fish Pie

Fish Pie is a classic British dish that's easy to make and can be made with a variety of fish and shellfish, my recipe is gluten free and dairy free.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Total Carbs: 42 g

Protein: 40 g

Servings: 6

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5 from 9 votes



  • 1lbraw shrimp, in the shell, 454g - keep the shells
  • 1lbsalmon, skinned and cut into chunks, 454g
  • 3cupsmilk, I used unsweetened soy, 750mls
  • 1bay leaf
  • butter, or dairy free margarine, 25g
  • 2-3tbspcornstarch, , or tapioca starch for paleo/w30
  • 2.5lbspotatoes, russets are good, 1133g
  • 3tbspchopped fresh parsley
  • 2tbsplemon juice
  • 2eggs, hard boiled and sliced


  1. Shell the shrimp and add the shells to a pot of milk (I used unsweetened soy)Simmer milk along with bay leaf for 20 minutes then let it cool.

  2. Preheat your oven to 350F.

  3. Peel and boil potatoes until soft, then add salt and pepper, mash with a little butter and milk.

  4. Season the milk with salt and pepper and add the lemon juice and parsley. Add in two tablespoons of cornstarch (or arrowroot or tapioca if you are not following paleo/w30) and bring slowly to the boil stirring all the time until the sauce is thickened. Please note: sometimes arrowroot and tapioca will produce a more gloopy/gluey sauce than using cornstarch will, so use a small amount first and then see how the sauce is.

  5. Layer the fish and hard boiled egg slices in an 8x8 inch oven proof dish, or one of similar size. Then pour over the white sauce and let it chill for 15 minutes in the fridge until the sauce thickens a little. (it's much easier to add the mashed potatoes when the sauce thickens)

  6. Now add the mashed potato over the top of the fish and bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes.

  7. Serve hot, straight from the oven!

Nutrition Facts

Fish Pie

Amount Per Serving

Calories 427Calories from Fat 90

% Daily Value*

Fat 10g15%

Saturated Fat 2g13%

Cholesterol 303mg101%

Sodium 707mg31%

Potassium 1415mg40%

Carbohydrates 42g14%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 7g8%

Protein 40g80%

Vitamin A 395IU8%

Vitamin C 18.6mg23%

Calcium 296mg30%

Iron 4.2mg23%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional information on Noshtastic is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.

Author: Sheena Strain

Course:Main Course


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About Sheena Strain

Sheena Strain is the proud owner of Noshtastic, a gluten free website that specializes in easy family meals including Low Carb, Keto, Paleo, Whole30, and many pressure cooker recipes.

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  1. Odette says

    Also, your photos include peas. I think that would be a great addition.


  2. Odette says

    Fish Pie Recipe you'll love! (6)
    I made this exactly as the recipe. I did use frozen salmon and shrimp. As a result, my sauce when it was baked became more watery. I will make it again because the taste was great, but won’t use frozen seafood. I think it would be good with shrimp and cod as well.


  3. Jayalakshmi Roy Chowdhury says

    Fish Pie Recipe you'll love! (7)
    Very good and tasty recipe.Will definitely try it out.Looks delicious. THANKS SO MUCH


  4. Julia says

    Whatever fish is being used, is added raw correct? Or do you cook your fish first? This sounds yummy and I’m looking forward to trying it!


    • Sheena Strain says

      Hi Julia, yes, you use uncooked fish as it will cook in the oven when you bake it in the sauce, I hope that helps!


  5. Christina says

    Fish Pie Recipe you'll love! (8)
    This was such a great recipe, thank you!!


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