Fish Pie, quite expensive for here at £1.41, but you can still stay on track for £1 a day
The fish is obviously the expensive ingredient here, and the thing that we need to search around for to make a healthy fish pie recipe that is delicious and as cheap as we can get it. It took a while, but I think I’ve done it alright, plus at the end of the post are some suggestions on how to stay on track for £1 a day
How do you make fish pie?
This quick fish pie recipe is made by poaching the fish in a little milk then using the milk to make a white bechamel sauce. Mix up with some peas, add boiled eggs then top with buttery mash. Simply gorgeous!
If you want to freeze it, I would leave out the eggs as they go really rubbery after being frozen
What to serve with fish pie
To be honest, I am perfectly happy with the fish pie on its own. But if you want something else with it, this budget fish pie already contains peas, so perhaps serve green beans on the side, or shredded cabbage, white, green, very dark green or even red cabbage.
How much does fish pie cost?
This version costs £1.41 a portion at the time of writing (Nov 2020)
The fish is the obviously most expensive ingredient, so you really need to find some white fish and some smoked fish at the cheapest price you can. The butter could be changed to a cheaper spread, and you could leave out the eggs to reduce the price a bit
This is the cheapest I could find to make this, so can we still do £1 a day? When I do over budget things like this, I usually see if it would cost over 2 days, so £2 – £1.41 leaves us with just 59p for the remaining meals. Here are some suggestions to stay on track if you want to
breakfast – porridge 5p
lunch – cheese & ham toastie 18p
dinner – fish pie £1.41
Total cost of the 2 days £2.00 exactly, so it can be done and still enjoy lovely fish pie
Or have a look on the recipes tab for more cost saving ideas
- 150 g fish white, frozen fillets, £5/kg, 75p
- 150 g fish smoked, haddock fillets £8.25/kg, £1.23
- 1 bay leaf (if you have it)
- 225 ml milk 48p/litre, 11p
- 2 eggs 14p each, 28p
- 100 g peas 66p/kg, 7p
- 10 g butter £1.49/250g, 6p
- 25 g flour 1p
- salt and pepper
- 400 g potatoes 40p/kg, 16p
- 25 g butter £1.49/250g, 15p
- Put the milk, fish and bay leaf in a large frying pan and gently poach
for a few minutes until the fish flakes apart. Scoop out the fish and
place to one side.
- Melt the butter in a non-stick pan and stir in the flour. Cook for a
moment, than add a little of the milk, stirring furiously with a
silicone or wooden spoon or a whisk. The milk and butter/flour mixture
will emulsify into a paste. Add a little more milk and repeat. Do this a
couple more times until the mixture starts to look more like a sauce
than a mixture. Add the remaining milk and heat gently until it thickens
up. Simmer, very gently, for a couple of minutes until the floury taste
is cooked out. Set to one side. Season with salt and pepper.
- Boil the eggs for 5 minutes, adding the peas for the last minute, then
drain and fill the pan with cold water to cool them off. Peel the eggs.
- Peel, boil and mash the potatoes. Add the extra butter and mix well, season with salt and pepper.
- Now assemble your pie. Very gently mix the flaked fish, peas and sauce
together. Don’t mix too enthusiastically or the fish will disintegrate.
Place in an oven proof dish. Slice the eggs into quarters and put on top
of the fish and top with the mashed potato.
- Your fish pie can now be safely stashed in the fridge for a day, maybe
two. When you are ready to eat, heat in a hot oven until the mash is
golden and the pie is hot all the way through. Enjoy with some veg on
Take care of your family and your budget
Before putting together the meal planners, Lesley surveyed what was needed. Of the existing 14 budget meal plans, most are cheap meals for 2 people so can be sized up or down. Others are cheap family meals for 4 people, or meals for one