New England Fish Pie




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New England Fish Pie ~ this is a classic comfort food recipe from the New England coast!

Fish Pies are traditional old New England fare. Slap on a side of peas and you’ve got the ultimate seaside comfort food.


Fish pies have their roots in British cuisine reaching all the way back to medieval times.  I’ve left out the mashed potatoes which are a common in British pies, and added some asparagus and scallion for a bit of green. The crunchy Ritz cracker crumb topping is pure vintage New England.  Everything goes into the crust raw, so it’s all perfectly cooked when it comes sizzling out of the oven.

My husband and I both liked this, and it reheated well the next day.  Next time I’m going to use salmon.  Shrimp, scallops and crab would  be wonderful too.

New England Fish Pie
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New England Fish Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 lb haddock (or cod, salmon) cut in chunks
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup fresh asparagus, chopped in 11/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallions
  • 2 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 1 unbaked pie crust 
    crumb topping (this will make more than you need)
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers
  • 3 Tbsp soft butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Make your topping: put the crackers in the bowl of a processor and process until finely ground.  You can also put the crackers in a sealed baggie and crush with a rolling pin.
  3. Put the crumbs in a bowl and work in the softened butter with your fingers until the butter is completely incorporated and the mixture is an even sandy consistency.  Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, toss the fish with the flour, just to coat the pieces evenly,  Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl mix the eggs with the cream and mayonnaise.  Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Add in all the rest of the ingredients (except the topping) and mix to combine well.
  7. Turn into an unbaked pie crust.
  8. Top with a good layer of cracker topping.
  9. Bake for 35-40 minutes until browned

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20 Comments

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    JANET CONRAD
    July 12, 2019 at 11:04 am

    I grew up on the ocean, Gloucester, MA. Seafood was an everyday meal. This recipe is, without a doubt, the best! I have tried it with Haddock, cod, and salmon. When the price of lobster drops a bit I will make it with that . I have NOT altered the base recipe, just changed the seafood. I do not use a pie crust. I spray a casserole dish or a deep dish pie pan with non-stick spray and just fill it. Low Carb version. Keep those recipes coming, I’m a follower.

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      Sue
      July 12, 2019 at 11:05 am

      Thanks so much Janet ~ gosh, this is such an old recipe, I miss the days of fish pies in New England! I’m going to have to get some fish and make a Southern Cal version :)

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    ellen schembri
    December 17, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    I just made this wonderful Fish Pie….my son loved it..we both did…thanks.

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      Sue
      December 17, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      I’m thrilled to hear this Ellen, this recipe is one of the earliest on the blog, and we loved it too, in fact I’ve got it on the list to update and re-post! Thanks for taking the time to come back and leave your feedback :)

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    Foodie lust
    May 7, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Recipies look delish! Bur thease are not the traditional new England dishes I grew up with. Going out to dinner on sundays in the boston and maine area we dinned on lobsta and sea food ” pies” but they were made with a ritz crackers and lots of drawn butta!!

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    Victoria
    December 10, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    i think i just died….this is making my stew look so boring! :)

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    December 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Good old New England dishes are the best. I love how you gave it a little modern twist with the vegetables. Looks very good.

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    Magnolia Verandah
    December 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Love a good fish pie! This one looks like it would be good cold too!

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    Mary
    December 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Sue, this really sounds wonderful. I love your recipes and am so impressed with the variety you present to your readers. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    annie
    December 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Looks good…I’ve never made a fish pie…love the idea of a Ritz cracker topping…your Martha Stewart crust looks perfect!

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    ping
    December 9, 2011 at 3:41 am

    Hello. Saw your fabulous pie over at 3Cookies and just had to come over and pinch the recipe. I love the topping instead of the usual breadcrumbs or mash. Will definitely be making this soon. Thanks for sharing!

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    Three-Cookies
    December 8, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Thats a really great looking pie. The fish pie I am familiar with is quite different, its topped with boring mashed potatoes!

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    Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes
    December 9, 2011 at 12:05 am

    I’ve never made a fish pie, I bake it all the time too! I’ll have to give this a try!

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    yummychunklet
    December 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I don’t know why I never think of using fish in a pie. Great post!

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    The Café Sucré Farine
    December 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I wouldn’t have thought I’d like fish pie but your photos are making me a believer!

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    Hungry Dog
    December 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I have never come across fish pie, but then again, I live on the other coast! It certainly sounds delicious and as usual it looks gorgeous.

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    Tricia @ saving room for dessert
    December 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    This is fascinating! You know I love a good pie :) Never heard of this but am so intrigued! Beautiful and great addition with the asparagus.

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    Mary
    December 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    hey, I actually have Haddock in the freezer! Some friends brought it back to us from Alaska. I’m going to run this by my husband and see if he wants to try it. Believe it or not, I’ve never even heard of fish pie before. Obviously, I’m not a New England kinda gal. Have a fabulous Friday!

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    From the Kitchen
    December 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    This looks quite tasty! I’m learning more and more about the foods and cooking style of New England now that our younger son and his wife are living there.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    A Trifle Rushed
    December 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    What a great fish pie. I love your New England topping, I think that would go down well with my family. Your recipes are so inspiring, I love checking your blog.