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Fabulous fish pie

This fish pie is warm and comforting, and can be made with any type of fish. It’s also a great way of getting kids used to eating fish.

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 50 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 700g potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 425ml 1%-fat milk
  • 25g lower-fat spread
  • 25g plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 100g frozen peas
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 300g coley, pollock or other fish fillets
  • 25g reduced-fat mature cheddar, grated

Method

  1. Boil the potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes until tender, then drain them and mash with 2 tablespoons of the milk.
  2. While the potatoes are boiling, preheat the oven to 200C (fan 180C, gas mark 6). Put the remaining milk, low-fat spread and flour into a saucepan. Bring to the boil over a medium heat, stirring continuously with a small whisk or wooden spoon until the sauce bubbles and thickens. Stir in the parsley (if using) and the peas, and season with pepper. Turn off the heat. 
  3. Place the chunks of fish in an ovenproof dish. Pour the sauce over, then spoon the mashed potato on top, spreading it evenly. Finally, sprinkle the cheese over the whole dish.
  4. Bake in the centre of the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Serve with steamed or boiled broccoli, spinach or other greens.

Top tips

  • If you like, you can make each portion in individual ovenproof dishes to make serving simple.
  • This recipe works with any type of fish, so go with your favourite or what’s on offer. Look out for fish-pie mix from the fresh fish counter, which is economical to buy.

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