On A Budget: Spring Fish Pie

We both love a good fish pie but we’ve never thought to make one before. How could we ever live up to such a great dish, so we thought we’d try and create a very simplified version of a fish pie; one that doesn’t take too long and one that definitely does not break the bank.

Makes: 2 | Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 35 mins


– 250g bag washed leaf spinach (£1.40)

– 450g small new potato (£1)

– 2 eggs

– 300g skinless, boneless white fish fillet, cut into large chunks (£1.90)

– 100g half-fat crème fraîche (95p)

– juice ½ lemon

– 1 tbsp olive oil

Total: £5.25


1. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C /gas 7. Tip the spinach into a colander sitting in the sink and tip the potatoes into a saucepan. Bring a kettle full of water to the boil and pour enough over the potatoes to cover and slowly pour the rest over the spinach to wilt it. Bring the potatoes to the boil and cook for 8-10 mins until tender, then drain and roughly mash.

2. Leave the spinach to cool, then squeeze out excess water with your hands. Scatter the spinach over the bottom of 2 individual or 1 small ovenproof dish leaving two gaps for the eggs. Crack the eggs into the gaps, then season with salt and pepper. Distribute the fish over the spinach and eggs. Spread over the crème fraîche and drizzle with the lemon juice. Loosely spoon over the potatoes, drizzle over the olive oil, then bake for 20-25 mins until the top is crispy and golden and the sauce is bubbling at the sides. Leave to stand for a few mins, then serve straight from the dish.

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  1. abbeylouisarose
    May 6, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    I actually picked up a pack of fish for a fish pie the other day from Tesco and I have been meaning to look up a recipe, since I have never made it before! The texture of your potatoes looks divine, so I'll definitely be recreating this!Abbey 💕 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      May 6, 2017 / 8:16 pm

      Yes, pls do! We really do hope you enjoy an pls do let us know how you get on!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  2. Llinos Thomas
    May 6, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Did you say fish? I never need any more convincing than that. I think the best thing about homemade fish pie is that you control the amount of fish in it (which means loads for me, yum!).

    • Food and Baker
      May 6, 2017 / 8:17 pm

      Haha yes! and YES! More fish for James and more potato for me!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  3. Lifethrough Tsg
    May 8, 2017 / 11:46 am

    Ooh, I've never been a fish or pie fan, but I love how affordable this recipe is! And I love the budget series.Hayley X

    • Food and Baker
      May 9, 2017 / 9:39 pm

      So glad you do, hope they'll be more you'd enjoy!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  4. Charlotte Clark
    May 8, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    Ooooh, this looks good! My mum makes a good fish pie but I'd have no idea what to do to make one myself, so this looks nice and easy (even for someone like me who hates cooking)!

    • Food and Baker
      May 9, 2017 / 9:41 pm

      I'd love to know what you mum puts when making her fish pie!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  5. Bronagh Ready
    May 12, 2017 / 10:40 am

    I'm not too keen on pies, but this looks really lovely!Bronaghwww.BronaghLoves.com

    • Food and Baker
      May 20, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      Oh no, why is that? Pies are so good!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

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