This week on James Martin’s Saturday Morning, a viewer called in to the studio to ask James how to make a fish pie. Teresa explained to James that she had bought a fish pie mix from the supermarket but had no idea what else she would need to make the pie.
James, as usual, had an answer at the ready.
The chef showed Teresa how to make a white sauce for the pie, before adding peas, and topping the pie off with mashed potato.
James explained that the fish pie mix, which includes haddock, cod, prawns, or a mixture of all three, can be bought in any supermarket and is the first thing to be put in a deep oven tray.
Next, the chef said that the sauce is the most important thing.
Recommending how much milk to put into the pan, James said: “Do it by the eye.”
He told Teresa that the pan was simmering on a medium to high heat.
“Get the sauce to the texture you think is best,” James said.
The chef then seasoned the sauce, adding salt and pepper to it, and doing the same to the fish.
Lastly, the celebrity chef poured the sauce over the top of the peas and fish in the baking tray.
He told viewers that to finish making the pie, they could put either potatoes or puff pastry as its topping.
James chose mashed potato, revealing a bowl he’d prepared earlier.
After layering the potato on to the other ingredients, the fish pie was ready to be popped into the oven.
“It should take about 30 minutes,” James said.