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Hearty Mid-Week Fish Pie | Recipe

June 28, 2016

Whilst making a Fish Pie can be a bit of a faff, because it takes a few pots and pans to put together, it is a wonderfully comforting dinner.

At the moment Iceland are celebrating their latest frozen ranges and their value for money, conveniencequality and choice. Given a lot of options Iโ€™ve chosen to create a recipe which embraces the value for money at Iceland, with the convenience thrown in! I’d never thought to use all frozen ingredients before and this recipe embraces that. Minus the veg I couldn’t get frozen, white sauce I made and eggs I boiled up…

Iceland Power of Frozen - Fish Pie

Iceland Power of Frozen - Fish Pie Ingredients

Iceland Power of Frozen - Frozen Fish

Power of Frozen Fish Pie
Serves 4
A hearty and comforting mid-week dinner, made mostly from frozen ingredients!
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For the pie
  1. 3 Iceland frozen cod fillets
  2. 1 pint milk
  3. 200g chestnut mushrooms, chopped
  4. 3 leeks, chopped
  5. 100g Iceland frozen onion
  6. 1 tsp Iceland frozen garlic
  7. 200g Iceland frozen seafood mix (defrosted)
  8. 100g Iceland frozen peas
  9. 2 eggs, boiled, chopped up
For the white sauce
  1. 100g butter
  2. 100g plain flour
  3. 1 tsp mustard powder
  4. Ground pepper to season
For the topping
  1. 1 pack of Iceland frozen mashed potato
  2. 50g butter
  3. 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  4. Ground pepper to season
For the pie
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C (180C fan).
  2. Poach the frozen fish in milk in a heavy set pan, on a low heat with a lid on. This will take around 10 minutes. Add some pepper into the milk.
  3. Fry the onion, mushroom, leek and garlic in a pan until soft, put into the oven proof dish you will use for your pie. Add in your defrosted seafood mix and some frozen peas into the dish too.
  4. Boil 2 eggs, leave to one side and cut up when a bit cooler. I usually do mine soft boiled, too runny and they can cause the sauce to split!
  5. When the fish is poached keep to one side the milk and put the fish in a bowl to flake up with a fork, you will use the milk for the sauce. Put the fish into the oven proof dish with the other ingredients.
For the topping
  1. Microwave the mash, for a huge amount like mine put on for 4 minutes, then stir then 3-4 minutes again. Leave to stand for a bit before stirring in the mustard, butter and pepper.
For the white sauce
  1. Melt the butter in a pan and allow to froth, add in the flour and mustard powder and stir until a doughy mixture is made (roux).
  2. Stir in the milk gradually until a thick sauce is formed, if it's too thick just add some extra milk in.
  3. Pour over the contents of the oven proof dish.
To finish
  1. Spoon on the mashed potato and 'score' with a fork.
  2. Cook for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.
  3. Dollop into bowls and devour!
Notes
  1. Of course this can be made with all fresh ingredients, however Iceland ensure quality is locked into the frozen ingredients as they are all frozen from fresh.
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I microwaved the frozen mash and added mustard, pepper and butter to give it a bit more of  a boost. The other ingredients I just threw into the mix after I’d prepped them. I fried my frozen onions with frozen garlic and (fresh) mushrooms and leeks. I then poached my frozen fish in milk and threw frozen peas into the oven proof dish. I suppose the only faff was defrosting the seafood mix, but I did this overnight in the fridge, which conveniently meant they were ready for making dinner!

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I cooked this Fish Pie for Mr W, who found it was much needed after his Monday evening drive at the M6 to Manchester. He wolfed it down and was very pleasantly surprised when I told him at the the end that the bulk of this was made from frozen.

What do you think of my Fish Pie recipe? Have you used frozen ingredients before? Let me know in the comments,

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9 Comments

  • Reply Chloe Ellen July 1, 2016 at 6:10 am

    I love a good fish pie (I use Jamie’s recipe – there’s one where you don’t have to make a white sauce at all!) Never thought to use all frozen bits, gutted as it would have made it an affordable student meal! x

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    • Reply MissPond July 2, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      Oooh I’ve not tried Jamie’s, will have to check it out. Would definitely have been useful in student days, but frozen food still good for keeping things frugal mid week.

  • Reply Elsa Lee June 28, 2016 at 10:41 am

    This is by no means a traditional fish pie but I liked everything you put in… until I got to the boiled eggs. How unusual, does it work well?

    • Reply MissPond June 28, 2016 at 11:54 am

      It’s based on Delia’s ‘how to cook’ recipe, she puts eggs in and it works really well. If you don’t like just omit ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Reply Elsa Lee June 28, 2016 at 10:04 pm

        I’ll definitely give it a go next time, I may be pleasantly surprised! Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Reply Polly Davies June 28, 2016 at 9:45 am

    I always keep a few bags of frozen veg and bits in the freezer for emergency meals like this!

    • Reply MissPond July 2, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      I’ve started doing that more now, it’s incredibly useful. Same goes for frozen herbs and spices.

  • Reply anna nuttall June 28, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Sadly I have never like fish pie so I would give this recipe a miss – however any fish pie lover (there is such a thing – trust me) would enjoy this. xx

    • Reply MissPond July 2, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      I know they exist as I am one myself ๐Ÿ˜‰ What a shame. Maybe my next recipe will be more in your taste!

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