Fish pie with spinach recipe

Fish pie with spinach

We eat a lot of spinach in the family. We particularly like the fresh small leaf, and hardly ever cook it, but here’s a wonderful fish pie recipe that also allows us to eat our favourite vegetable, spinach!


  • 250g whole piece of white fish
  • 250g whole piece of salmon
  • 250g prawns
  • 700ml milk
  • ½ onion, peeled + cut into rings
  • a few black peppercorns (6-8)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • a few parsley stalks
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, peeled + roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 kg potatoes, peeled + diced
  • a knob of butter (about 50g)
  • 50g plain flour
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 250g bag of spinach, washed, stalks removed + discarded
  • a little freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp double cream
  • 1 kg potatoes, peeled + diced
  •  a knob of butter and a splash of milk for the mashed potato


Place the salmon and white fish in a large pan (a large frying pan will be fine) and pour over the milk.
Add the onion rings, peppercorns, bay leaf and parsley stalks.
Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 mins.
Strain the fish, reserving the cooking liquor.
Leave to cool slightly, then pick out the onion, herbs and spices, and discard.
Flake the fish into a large bowl.
Add the prawns, eggs and chopped parsley.
Stir gently to combine.
Make a white sauce: melt a knob of butter in a saucepan, add the flour and cook gently for 2 mins.
Add the reserved milk from cooking the fish, a squeeze of lemon juice and whisk to combine.
Heat until thickened, then leave to cool. Pour over the fish and gently stir to combine.
Steam or blanch the spinach in a pan of boiling water for 3 mins, until wilted.
Drain and plunge into a bowl of cold water, then drain again.
Squeeze into a ball and gently squeeze out as much water as you can, then finely chop.
Place the spinach in the bottom of a baking dish.
Pour over the cream and grate over a little fresh nutmeg before pouring over the fish mixture.
To make the mash, boil a pan of salted water, add the potato and cook until just soft, about 8 mins.
Drain and return to the pan.
Add a knob of butter and a splash of milk, season well with salt and white pepper and mash until smooth.
Spread over the fish mixture then use a fork to rough the top up a little.
Dot some butter over, then bake in the oven at 200˚C for about 20-30 mins, until the top is starting to go brown and crispy.
Serve and enjoy a healthy family meal together!
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