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Three fish pie

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 6
From Mary Berry Cooks
A lovely fish pie is always a great dish to make ahead and serve for a big family gathering or even a casual supper party with friends. The white wine and leeks make this pie taste a little more sophisticated than usual, but you can use all milk if you are feeding children.


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 (180C fan).

  2. Put the potatoes into a saucepan of cold salted water. Bring up to the boil and simmer until completely tender. Drain well and then mash with the butter and milk. Add pepper and taste to check the seasoning. Add salt and more pepper if necessary.

  3. For the fish filling, melt the butter in a saucepan, add the leeks and stir over the heat. Cover with a lid and simmer gently for 10 minutes, or until soft. Measure the flour into a small bowl. Add the wine and whisk together until smooth.

  4. Add the milk to the leeks, bring to the boil and then add the wine mixture. Stir briskly until thickened. Season and add the parsley and fish. Stir over the heat for two minutes, then spoon into an ovenproof casserole. Scatter over the eggs. Allow to cool until firm.

  5. Spoon the mashed potatoes over the fish mixture and mark with a fork. Sprinkle with cheese.

  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown on top and bubbling around the edges.


For the potato topping

  • 1kg/2lb 4oz peeled main crop potatoes, cubed
  • knob of butter
  • a little milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 50g/1¾oz Gruyère cheese, grated

For the fish filling

  • 75g/3oz butter
  • 2 leeks, sliced
  • 75g/2¾oz plain flour
  • 150ml/5fl oz white wine
  • 568ml/1 pint milk
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 750g/1lb 10oz mixture of salmon, smoked haddock and fresh haddock, skinned and cut into cubes
  • 6 free-range eggs, hard-boiled, peeled and quartered

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