Fish and Potato Pie

  • Servings : 8 Toddler
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 30m

I actually had butterflies in my tum when feeding this pie to Harry tonight. After a full day of cooking and testing in the smallest most ill equipped kitchen you have ever seen, I needed him to like it.

He liked it. And with a bit of salt and pepper, so did the man child.

Tip: If you are making this for an adult or toddler, season with salt and pepper, stir the mashed potato into the pie and top with sheet of puff pastry. Pop it in the oven for 15 minutes until pastry is perfectly puffed.

Nutrition Note: Fish is low in fat, high in protein and an excellent source of omega 3 essential fatty acids.

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  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 tbs milk
  • 1 leek, finely sliced (or 1 small brown onion)
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 500g white boneless fish, cubed (I used perch)
  • 2 tbs fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 heaped tbsp flour
  • ½ cup vegetable stock
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • ¾ cup cheese, grated


Step 1

Bring a saucepan of water to the boil, add potato and cook until tender. Roughly fork mash with one tablespoon of milk and set aside -

Step 2

Melt 1 tbs of butter in a saucepan, add the leek and sauté until clear. Add the remaining butter and stir until melted, then add the flour. Once combined, pour in the milk and stock. Use a whisk to stir continuously until just boiling. Lower the heat -

Step 3

Add the fish, parsley and bay leaf. Simmer together for 5 - 10 minutes then add the peas -

Step 4

At this stage the sauce should be quite thick. Remove the bay leaf, and stir through the cheese. Once melted remove from heat -

Step 5

Fork mash the fish till it flakes apart. Divide into small portions and top with mashed potato and a sprinkle of cheese. Cover and freeze or serve immediately -


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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Stephanie on December 1, 2012

    My 12 month old LOVED this one!!! Was a bit apprehensive but she dove right in and ate most of it up!!! Thanks so much for another great recipe!!

    • posted by Stephanie on December 1, 2012

      oh and I meant to ask…would there be anyway I could reduce the butter in the recipe? Thanks in advance.

      • posted by Allie on December 2, 2012

        Hi Stephanie, thanks for the feedback on the pie, so glad she liked it 🙂
        As for the butter, you could just reduce it by half and reduce the flour to match, I think it the sauce would still thicken enough for you. Let us know how you go.
        Allie x

        • posted by Stephanie on December 3, 2012

          ok brilliant will give it a go when we try it again in a couple of weeks…my Dad, hubby and I also had it for dinner and it was a big hit with our family! Love just making 1 dinner for everyone! thanks again….I make a couple of recipes from your site every week!! Its been a life saver!!! xx

          • posted by Allie on December 3, 2012

            SO lovely to hear your positive feedback hun, thank you x

  2. posted by Bethany on April 25, 2013

    My daughter LOVED this. She’s not really into being fed from a spoon, and this wasn’t quite chunky enough for her to manage, but she liked it so much she was opening her mouth for more before I could reload the spoon! Thanks for such wonderful recipes. I could’ve saved myself a lot of money on cookbooks if I had known about you earlier.

    • posted by Allie on April 26, 2013

      Hi Bethany, thanks for the lovely feedback 🙂 That’s fantastic that your daughter loved the pie, perhaps puree her serving a little and she will find it easier to manage? All the best, Ax

  3. posted by Jenna on May 27, 2014

    Omg my 10montj old loved this!… As did my hubby! Lol. And so simple to make! Thankyou for sharing!

  4. posted by Jo on June 25, 2014

    Made it. She hated it. Hubby and I love it though 🙂 Seriously, this toddler eating game does my head in!

  5. posted by Casey on October 29, 2014

    Made this for a family dinner. Served mashed potato with peas and a by of the sauce and chunks of fish for my 13mth old to spoon/finger feed herself and she loved it! Even went back for seconds. I made it with the puff pastry for hubby and I and we both really enjoyed it too! We don’t eat a lot of fish and it was really tasty. Love that I can make small changes to one meal and please the whole fam!

  6. posted by Jo Low on January 14, 2015

    What a wonderful recipe! Finally managed to get my toddler to eat fish. My hubby and I loved it too. I did not have bay leaves and parsley so used mixed herbs instead. Will be making this again and again. Thank you! 🙂

    • posted by Allie on January 24, 2015

      Great news, thank you for sharing 🙂

  7. posted by Siobhan on July 26, 2022

    My daughter devours this fish pie! I use coconut cream instead of milk and it’s so so yummy!


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