Spicy Fish Pie

    1 hour 20 minutes

    A very wholesome, filling family meal that you can make as spicy as you like. My husband and I adore this each winter as it really has the feel of comfort food.


    Western Australia, Australia
    4 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 1 large fillet smoked cod
    • 2 - 3 large fillets white fish (ling, barramundi, basa, nile perch, etc)
    • 1 cup tasty cheese, grated
    • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
    • 1 pkt (250g) frozen chopped spinach, thawed
    • 1 large onion, finely diced
    • 1 capsicum, membranes and seeds removed, diced
    • 1kg potatoes, peeled and diced
    • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
    • 250g pumpkin, peeled and diced
    • 2 tsp chilli flakes (or to suit your family)
    • 300ml thickened cream or cooking cream
    • cooking oil spray
    • 1 tbsp olive or Carotino oil

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:1hour  ›  Ready in:1hour20min 

    1. Preheat oven to 200C.
    2. Boil potatoes until tender. Drain and mash, then set aside.
    3. Meanwhile, cut fish fillets into bite-size chunks (or to suit). Spray a large baking or casserole dish with cooking oil spray. Arrange fish over the base of dish and set aside.
    4. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and cook onion for a few minutes, until beginning to soften. Add remaining vegetables and cook for 5 - 7 minutes, until softening.
    5. Remove from heat and add cream and chilli flakes, stir. At this point you can also add salt and pepper, to taste, if desired.
    6. Pour creamy vegetables on top of fish in the prepared dish. Spoon over mashed potato and smooth over the top evenly to cover vegetables competely. Sprinkle over the grated cheese.
    7. Place into preheated oven, cook for a good 60 minutes. Leave to sit for 5 minutes after removing from oven as it will be piping hot! Serve with crusty bread, or even some steamed brocolli & cauliflower with cheese sauce, yum!


    Microwave in a small amount of water the pumpkin, carrot, capsicum, spinach and peas for 10 minutes, to save time. Then drain and add to frying pan with onion. Cream & chilli can now be added at this point.


    Use any vegetable you like in this dish, it's very versatile! I have used sweet corn kernels, asian gai larn, sweet potato (kumara), leek, or a packet of frozen mixed vegetables. As long as the vegetables are diced small, you can mix and match to suit your family's tastes. Also, adding some flaky pastry on top of the mashed potato is another great variation I have used before. You can leave as it is or sprinkle with cheese. It makes for a deliciously crispy topping! You may have to use fan-bake for the last 20 minutes if you add pastry.

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