Mini fish pie faces recipe

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Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time15 mins

Easy to make and perfect for kids, these mini fish pies are also high in minerals and essential vitamins.

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  • 2 x 450g packets ready made, chilled creamy mashed potato
  • 25g butter
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, skinned, de-seeded and roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 250g cod fillet, skinned and cut into cubes (approx 3cm)
  • 250g salmon fillet, skinned and cut into cubes (approx 3 cm)
  • 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 200ml milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 75g Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • Carrot for hair (use zester to make long thin strips)
  • Salad cress for hair
  • Red pepper for lips
  • Baby sweetcorn for nose
  • Spring onion, mini cucumber and peas for eyes
  • Blanched French beans for moustache
  • Blanched cauliflower for ears
  • Cherry tomatoes for cheeks
  • Basil for bow-tie




  1. Melt butter in a saucepan, add the onion and sauté for 5 mins. Add the chopped tomato and cook for 2 mins.
  2. Add the flour and stir for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the fish to the onion and tomato together with the parsley and bay leaf. Pour over the milk and season to taste. Simmer for about 4 mins until the fish is cooked through. Remove the bay leaf and stir in the cheese until melted.
  4. Divide the fish between the ramekin dishes (makes 4 to 6 portions according to size of dish) and top with the mashed potato.
  5. Brush beaten egg over the surface of the mashed potato.
  6. Cook in an oven pre-heated to 180C for 15 mins and finish off for a few mins under a pre-heated grill until golden.
  7. Decorate the pies with faces - children will enjoy designing their own if you give them a selection of vegetables.
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Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies