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Student Recipes

Salmon pie recipe

This delicious salmon pie recipe is super easy to make, and will have your dinner covered for an entire uni week! 
fish pieSalmon isn't always the cheapest to cook with, but bulking it up with more filling ingredients like potato will make it stretch a long way.

Also, keep an eye out for deals on salmon, as this is the most common fish to have offers on.

With a little help from your freezer you can turn your salmon into a long-term investment – some supermarkets like Lidl even offer big freezer bags of fillets for a fraction of the price you pay for it fresh.

Keep an eye out for any supermarket offers on our food and drink deals page. It could make this super affordable meal a whole lot cheaper!

Salmon pie recipe


Serves: 4 | Cost: around £9

  • 3 fillets of salmon
  • 1 pint of whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons of plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • Cheese (as much as you'd like!)
  • Bag of frozen veg
  • 5 large potatoes or sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into large chunks


  1. Season you salmon fillets with salt and pepper, then place them skin down in a large pan. Pour the milk over until it just about covers the salmon. Bring to a medium heat and leave to simmer for around 10-12 minutes, until cooked through.
  2. While the salmon is poaching, add your potato chunks to a pan of salted boiling water and cook for around 12 minutes. If they break easily when stabbed with a knife, they're ready.
  3. Once the salmon is cooked, place a bowl under a sieve or colander and pour out the salmon and the milk. Don't toss away the milk, as this will be used for the cheese sauce.
  4. Grate as much cheese as you desire for your sauce (we recommend a lot!), use this quick recipe to make sure you nail this part! Remember to use your milk from poaching the salmon, and if you have any milk left over after making the sauce, keep this to use for your mash potato.
  5. Once the cheese sauce is done, flake the salmon into small pieces and mix together with the sauce (to flake the fish, just push down on the fillet with a fork and it will easily break into small pieces. If you see any bones, be sure to take them out at this stage!).
  6. Then, bring another pan of water to boil and add a couple of handfuls of your frozen veg. If you're using frozen veg these will only need a couple of minutes, but if you're using raw veg it might need a bit longer).
  7. Once the potatoes are soft, drain and add a little butter and a splash of milk. Commence mashing and don't forget to season! If you don't have a masher, ask around, and if that fails, resort to a fork (although you might be there a while!).
  8. Drain the vegetables and add to the cheese sauce and salmon mix. Mix all this together then transfer to a pie dish. Cover your salmon mix with your mash potato. Sprinkle with a little bit of remaining grated cheese and pop into the oven for around 20 minutes to crisp up the potato topping.

This recipe can be used with any sort of fish so you're not limited to salmon! Keep an eye out for 'fish pie mixes' in the super market, as these will even have a couple of prawns and other interesting tasty sea creatures that taste amazing in a pie.

Looking for inspiration for what to cook next? Head over to our student recipes page for more ideas – we recommend the chocolate fondant buns for dessert!


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