Mushy pea fish pie

Take your classic fish pie to the next level with our epic recipe complete with a hidden layer of vibrant-green mushy peas buried in the bottom


  • 50g butter, plus 1 tbsp
  • 2 (or 4 round) banana shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, diced
  • 50g plain flour
  • ½ tsp English mustard powder
  • 600ml whole milk
  • a big handful curly parsley, finely chopped
  • 250g skinless cod fillet
  • 250g skinless salmon fillet
  • 250g skinless smoked haddock fillet
  • 150g small peeled cooked prawns
  • 1½ x 300g tins (we used Harry Ramsden’s) mushy peas
  • 3 x 325g ready-made all-butter puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten, for glazing


    1. In a frying pan, heat 1 tbsp of butter and gently cook the shallots and celery until softened (making sure they take on no colour).
    2. Melt the rest of the butter in a separate frying pan, stir in the flour and mustard powder, and cook for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the milk to make a smooth sauce. Tip the shallots and celery into the white sauce and bring to a simmer, stirring until the sauce has thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley. Season well. Cut the fish into bite-sized chunks and fold into the sauce with the prawns.
    3. Spread the mushy peas over the base of a deep baking dish with a lip. Spoon the fish and sauce over the top.
    4. Unroll the puff pastry and use a 4-5cm round biscuit cutter to cut out circles (don’t re-roll the scraps as you need an even rise with the pastry – freeze any leftovers). Brush the tops with beaten egg, and lay over the top of the pie, overlapping so that they look like fish scales. Chill the pie for an hour in the fridge, or pop in the freezer for 20 minutes.
    5. Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Brush the pastry with a second layer of beaten egg and run a knife around the edge of the pie dish to trim the excess. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until the pastry is golden and crisp, and the sauce is bubbling. Leave to settle for 5 minutes, then spoon onto plates.