Mary Berry’s Heartwarming Fish Pie Recipe: A Family Tradition

Growing up, my family cherished Mary Berry’s mother Marjorie’s tradition of making this heartwarming fish pie every Christmas Eve. To this day, I carry on this cherished tradition with fond memories of my childhood. What makes it even better is that you can prepare it up to 36 hours ahead of time. It is a perfect stress-free option for holiday gatherings. This Mary Berry Fish Pie recipe is a delightful combination of fresh and smoked haddock, tender eggs and creamy mashed potatoes. It’s comfort food at its finest and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Mary Berry Fish Pie Recipe

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Servings: 6

Tools and Equipment:

  1. Shallow 2.5 liter/4½-pint ovenproof dish
  2. Medium-sized saucepan
  3. Potato masher or ricer
  4. Frying pan
  5. Whisk
  6. Knife and chopping board

Ingredients:

  • Butter : 4oz ( also we will need extra for greasing )
  • Milk : 1½ pints
  • Plain flour : 3 oz 
  • Onion : 1 large, roughly chopped
  • lemon juice : 3 tbsp 
  • Salt
  • black pepper : freshly ground 
  • Egg : 6 hard-boiled free-range ones roughly chopped
  • Haddock : 1lb , use fresh , cut into ½in pieces
  • Undyed smoked haddock : 1lb, cut into ½in pieces

Topping Ingredients :

  • Butter : 4oz 
  • Potatoes : 3.3lb, peeled and cut into even-sized pieces
  • Hot milk :About 12 tbsp

Instructions:

  1. Prep and Preheat: Begin by preheating the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Grease a shallow 2.5 liter/4½-pint ovenproof dish with butter.
  2. Fry Onions: In a medium-sized saucepan, melt 100g/4oz of butter over high heat. Add the roughly chopped onion and sauté for a few minutes until softened.
  3. Create the Sauce: Lower the heat, cover the pan, and let the onions soften for about 15 minutes. Remove the lid, increase the heat slightly and sprinkle in 70g/3oz of plain flour. Stir well to create a smooth mixture.
  4. Gradually Add Milk: Gradually pour in 710ml/1½ pints of milk while whisking constantly. Continue stirring until the sauce thickens and all the milk is incorporated. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Add 3 tbsp of lemon juice.
  5. Layer Ingredients: In your greased ovenproof dish, layer the fresh haddock, smoked haddock, and the roughly chopped hard-boiled eggs.
  6. Pour Over Sauce: Pour the creamy sauce evenly over the fish and egg mixture in the dish, ensuring everything is well coated.
  7. Boil Potatoes: In a separate saucepan, boil the peeled and chopped potatoes until they are tender. Drain them.
  8. Mash Potatoes: Mash the cooked potatoes with 100g/4oz of butter and about 12 tbsp of hot milk until you achieve creamy mashed potatoes.
  9. Top and Decorate: Spread the mashed potatoes evenly over the fish and sauce mixture in the dish. Use a fork to create decorative patterns on the surface. Dot with a bit more butter for extra indulgence.
  10. Bake to Perfection: Place the prepared dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 40 minutes or until the top is golden and the filling is bubbling. Serve hot and savor the comforting flavors.
  11. Enjoy your delicious Mary Berry Fish Pie!

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Nutritional Value (per serving):

Calories: 550 kcal

Carbohydrates: 49g

Protein: 29g

Fat: 27g

Saturated Fat: 15g

Fiber: 4g

Sugar: 6g

Cholesterol: 220mg

Sodium: 580mg

FAQs:

Can I use frozen fish instead of fresh haddock?

Absolutely! Just make sure to thaw and drain the frozen fish before using it in the recipe.

What can I substitute for smoked haddock?

You can use any smoked white fish, such as cod or pollock, as a substitute.

Can I make this dish ahead of time and refrigerate it?

Yes, you can assemble the pie up to 36 hours ahead of time and store it in the fridge before baking. Just be sure to bring it to room temperature before placing it in the oven.

Can I freeze Mary Berry’s fish pie?

You can freeze the pie before baking. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, and it should be good for up to 3 months in the freezer.

What sides go well with this fish pie?

Serve it with a side of steamed vegetables, such as peas or broccoli, and a crisp green salad for a balanced meal.

Conclusion

This Mary Berry Fish Pie recipe is a true family favorite with its creamy sauce, tender fish, and buttery mashed potato topping. Whether it’s a holiday tradition or a comforting weeknight meal, it’s sure to delight your taste buds and create lasting memories. Enjoy!

Fish Pie Recipe Mary Berry

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 38 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 9 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Servings 6 People

Ingredients
  

  • Butter : 4oz also we will need extra for greasing
  • Milk : 1½ pints
  • Plain flour : 3 oz
  • Onion : 1 large roughly chopped
  • lemon juice : 3 tbsp
  • Salt
  • black pepper : freshly ground
  • Egg : 6 hard-boiled free-range ones roughly chopped
  • Haddock : 1lb use fresh , cut into ½in pieces
  • Undyed smoked haddock : 1lb cut into ½in pieces

Topping Ingredients :

  • Butter : 4oz
  • Potatoes : 3.3lb peeled and cut into even-sized pieces
  • Hot milk :About 12 tbsp

Instructions
 

  • Prep and Preheat: Begin by preheating the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Grease a shallow 2.5 liter/4½-pint ovenproof dish with butter.
  • Fry Onions: In a medium-sized saucepan, melt 100g/4oz of butter over high heat. Add the roughly chopped onion and sauté for a few minutes until softened.
  • Create the Sauce: Lower the heat, cover the pan, and let the onions soften for about 15 minutes. Remove the lid, increase the heat slightly and sprinkle in 70g/3oz of plain flour. Stir well to create a smooth mixture.
  • Gradually Add Milk: Gradually pour in 710ml/1½ pints of milk while whisking constantly. Continue stirring until the sauce thickens and all the milk is incorporated. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Add 3 tbsp of lemon juice.
  • Layer Ingredients: In your greased ovenproof dish, layer the fresh haddock, smoked haddock, and the roughly chopped hard-boiled eggs.
  • Pour Over Sauce: Pour the creamy sauce evenly over the fish and egg mixture in the dish, ensuring everything is well coated.
  • Boil Potatoes: In a separate saucepan, boil the peeled and chopped potatoes until they are tender. Drain them.
  • Mash Potatoes: Mash the cooked potatoes with 100g/4oz of butter and about 12 tbsp of hot milk until you achieve creamy mashed potatoes.
  • Top and Decorate: Spread the mashed potatoes evenly over the fish and sauce mixture in the dish. Use a fork to create decorative patterns on the surface. Dot with a bit more butter for extra indulgence.
  • Bake to Perfection: Place the prepared dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 40 minutes or until the top is golden and the filling is bubbling. Serve hot and savor the comforting flavors.
  • Enjoy your delicious Mary Berry Fish Pie!
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