Fisherman’s Hotpot – family recipe

Fisherman's hotpot - alternative fish pie

Do you love a good fish pie recipe?

If the answer is yes, then read on as I’m guessing this will be a great alternative to a family classic favourite, basically it’s very similar but instead of mash on top you have sliced potatoes covering the fish underneath, a Fisherman’s Hotpot.

Fisherman's Hotpot
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Fishermans Hotpot is a delicious one pot meal for the whole family including lots of fish and topped with layers of sliced potato, comfort food at it's best. For more Fish recipes visit Mari's World
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: British
Serves: 4 - 6
  • 500g mixed fish - skinned (pollock, smoked haddock and salmon)
  • 40g flour
  • 1tsp mixed herbs
  • cracked black pepper and rock salt
  • 700g potatoes
  • juice of one lemon (1 -2 tbsp)
  • olive oil for frying
  • 1 onion chopped finely
  • 250g mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 leek, chopped finely
  • 15g butter
  • 150 ml milk
  • 150g English mature cheddar grated
  1. Cut the mixed skinned fish into cubes and toss in 25g flour with the mixed herbs.
  2. Boil the potatoes until tender but not soft, then slice them thinly.
  3. Sweat the chopped onion, mushrooms and leek in a frying pan until soft and golden.
  4. Arrange one third of the sliced potatoes on the bottom of the buttered ovenproof casserole.
  5. Cover with half the cod, sprinkle with half the lemon juice, season well.
  6. Cover with half of the onion, mushroom and leek.
  7. Add a layer of the remaining fish and the rest of the lemon juice, another third of the potatoes and the remaining onion mixture.
  8. Melt the butter in a pan, add the remaining 15g of flour and cook gently for 1 minute stirring.
  9. Add the milk gradually and heat whilst stirring. Bring to the boil and continue to cook until the sauce thickens, then add half the cheese and season to taste
  10. Pour the sauce over the ingredients in the casserole
  11. Cover with the remaining potato slices on top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  12. Bake in the oven uncovered at 200C, Gas mark 6 for about 40 minutes until golden.

When cut it looks like this.

fishermans hotpot

This post is an entry for #MarisPiperBritMums Linky Challenge sponsored by Potato Council for Potato Week 7 – 13 October, celebrating the varieties of potatoes and how we like to eat them. Learn more and find recipes at



  1. October 25, 2013 / 5:43 PM

    Great warming food for this weather. Like how you add useful notes too. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

    • October 28, 2013 / 10:42 AM

      Thanks Kate, it is a lovely family meal and went down very well indeed. Will soon be on the menu planner again

  2. October 25, 2013 / 7:27 PM

    That looks delicious Mari. Love your photos too! :)

    • October 28, 2013 / 10:43 AM

      Thanks Emma – I may finally be learning a little something about food photography, it’s so damn tricky. By the way, loving the look of your Date and Cinnamon pudding included in the comment luv. Wow!

  3. November 6, 2013 / 10:22 AM

    Oh wow, that’s some epic comfort food right there! Looks totally delicious Mari :)

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