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Irish Fish Pie Recipe

This hearty fish pie dish is particularly welcome after a winter day on ice or open water.

Irish Fish Pie Recipe

Make this Irish Fish Pie in one large dish or 6 small ones.(Shutterstock photo)

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I make this Irish Fish Pie Recipe using whatever I caught – usually walleye or crappie. Friends have also used burbot (eelpot), lake trout, and pike.

Serves: 6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 small carrots, diced
  • 2 1/4 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • Splash of sherry or white wine
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (or 1 tablespoon fresh, chopped)
  • Dash of cayenne
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • Splash of cream
  • 2 pounds filleted fish, deboned and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 cups mashed potatoes or 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs mixed with 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a heavy saute pan. Add onion, carrots, and mushrooms and saute over medium heat, stirring occasionally until juicy and tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle flour over vegetables and stir. Cook a few more minutes.
  3. Add milk, white wine, salt, pepper, thyme, cayenne, bay leaf, and a splash of cream. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until the mixture begins to thicken.
  4. Add the fish and parsley. Cook 5 ­minutes or until fish is just barely cooked. Taste and adjust seasoning,
  5. Spoon into one large (or 6 small) buttered ovenproof dish. (The recipe can be prepared ahead, up to this point.)
  6. Spoon the mashed potatoes decoratively over the pie, or sprinkle with the bread crumbs and Parmesan. Drizzle with extra butter if desired.
  7. Bake at 350°F to brown the potato crust, about 15 minutes if the filling and potatoes are warm, 30 minutes if cold.
  8. Serve Irish Fish Pie with a simple green salad and a glass of red wine, such as a pinot noir. A dry riesling would another fine choice – or a Guinness beer, to keep things Irish.

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