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Fisherman's Pie

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"It's almost like a shepherd's pie but with fish and spinach. Great dish for a cold gloomy day. It's Irish comfort food at its best."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Arrange cod in a single layer in a large baking dish; set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour, and stir until the mixture becomes paste-like and light golden brown, 2 to 5 minutes.
  4. Gradually whisk warm milk into the flour mixture and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Whisk until the sauce is thick and smooth, about 5 minutes.
  5. Whisk in white Cheddar cheese, then mix onion, spinach, salt, and black pepper into the sauce.
  6. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in garlic. If sauce is too thick, stir in more warm milk, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  7. Pour sauce over fish in baking dish.
  8. Layer mashed potatoes on top.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, then sprinkle with yellow Cheddar cheese. Continue baking until fish is easily flaked with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes more.
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May 02, 2013

Great recipe. Very tasty. I sliced my potatoes instead of mashing them. Turned out beautifully. I also added some shrimp and scallops too make it a bit special, but it isn't really necessary as the pie is so tasty even without the high cost additives. Whole family loved it.

Jul 23, 2012

Lovely recipe. I also put in peas instead of the spinach and added in some cayenne pepper, and it turned out great.

Jul 15, 2012

Very good recipe,I switched up the spinach for sweet pea since my husband being English prefers it to spinach. I have made this before without the onion and garlic this adds a nice flavour:)

Jan 12, 2015

I cooked haddock and salmon beforehand and cooked the pie in the oven for 30 mins. I also used spring onion as well as white onion and it tasted AMAZING! Even my fussy child ate it along with my 10 month old.

Nov 16, 2013

Enjoyed this fish recipe a lot! I adapted it to non-dairy by eliminating butter and using almond milk instead of cows milk. Divided between two dishes and used spinach in one and peas in the other. Good reception from the family, and will use soy milk next time! thanks!!

Nov 14, 2013

We had just under 1.5lbs of cod and 12 oz. of fresh spinach. Cooked the spinach in just a little of the butter until wilted and the water cooked out. Then melted the rest of the butter and added the onion, cooking until soft. Added the flour, then also added a crushed clove of garlic, cooking until the flour started to brown. Needed about 2C of milk to make a nice sauce and added some thyme, parsley, black pepper and a dash of cayenne. Used a little less cheese than was called for in sauce and topping, and had about 5C of (leftover) mashed potatos for the top. Second helpings were in order!

Sep 10, 2012

We made it with the spinach as in the recipe. It was very good. I used prepared mashed potatoes from the grocery store, which made it quicker. Perhaps the potatoes were already seasoned, but I added 1 tsp of salt and overall we all agreed we'd use less salt next time. But other than that, very tasty.


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  • Calories
  • 406 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21.1 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 100 mg
  • 33%
  • Fat
  • 23.2 g
  • 36%
  • Fiber
  • 2.8 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 28.5 g
  • 57%
  • Sodium
  • 991 mg
  • 40%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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