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Healthy Fish Pie

Serves 4

The cooking challenge

The country is experiencing a credit crunch. Students are invited to develop a two–course meal for a family of four for £8.00 or less. This should be an appealing and imaginative meal, which demonstrates that it is still possible to eat well on a budget.
Healthy Fish Pie

Gavin Dalzell

per serving


  • Michael Quigley, Martin Heaney
  • Altnagelvin Hospital School
  • Special Education


  • 700g potatoes
  • 25g Northern Ireland half–fat butter
  • 100ml Northern Ireland semi–skimmed milk
  • 50g flour
  • 25g Northern Ireland half–fat butter
  • 25g plain flour
  • 250ml Northern Ireland semi–skimmed milk
  • 10g parsley, chopped
  • 320g fresh or frozen fish e.g. cod, haddock, salmon
  • 100g fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed


  • Preheat oven to 200ºC or gas mark 6
  • Prepare the mashed potato topping: peel the potatoes, cut into large pieces and boil for 15 minutes or until tender
  • While the potatoes are cooking make the sauce: melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the flour and mix to form a paste. Gradually add the milk, stirring constantly with a whisk. The sauce will become thick. Reduce the heat, and allow to simmer for 2 minutes. Add the parsley
  • Place the fish in the sauce and simmer until cooked, 8 – 10 minutes.
  • Drain the potatoes and add the butter and milk. Mash until smooth and creamy.
  • Place the fish, sauce and tomatoes into a baking dish. Spoon the mashed potato over the sauce, and bake for 20 minutes in the oven, until golden brown.
  • Serve with a selection of seasonal vegetables.

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