Feel-good fish pie

Feel-good fish pie

The Medicinal Chef: Healthy Every Day
Martin Poole

I do love a good fish pie. Unfortunately, the traditional version can be a tad, well, rib-sticking. This is a lighter version with an extra nutritional boost. Using a ready-prepared fish pie mix, which are available in most supermarkets, makes it a lot easier.


Quantity Ingredient
5 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
olive oil, for cooking
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
400g low-fat cream cheese
200ml vegetable stock
1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
600g fish pie mix
10g fresh dill, roughly chopped
sea salt
black pepper


  1. Put the sweet potatoes in a saucepan and cover with salted boiling water. Simmer for around 20 minutes, until very soft.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200°C. Heat a little olive oil in a pan, add the onion and garlic and cook for 4–5 minutes, until softened. Add the cream cheese, vegetable stock and mustard and cook gently over a medium heat, stirring, until the cheese has melted. Add the fish pie mix and simmer for 10 minutes, until the fish is nearly cooked through. Add the dill, season with salt and pepper and stir well.
  3. Transfer the fish mixture to a baking dish. Drain and mash the sweet potato until smooth, then season with salt and pepper. Top the fish with the sweet potato mash and bake for about 15 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling and the top of the mash is starting to get crispy. Serve immediately, with a green salad or some steamed kale, broccoli or asparagus.

Good for:

  • Acne and eczema; joint health and arthritis; mind and mood; high cholesterol

Star ingredient:

  • Sweet potatoes are packed with beta carotene, which gives them their bright orange colour. It’s a fat-soluble antioxidant that’s very good for the skin, protecting collagen from damage and reducing inflammation and redness.
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