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Updated: 13/09/2013 16:45 | By Nic Hopkirk, Managing Editor, Lifestyle
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Sweet pea fish pie

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The great British fish pie, or in this case: Sweet pea fish pie

‘This is super cheap and it’s one of the best ones I've ever made,’ says Jamie. ‘And I like to think I’m a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to fish pies.

‘Using frozen food is usually loads cheaper and saves you money because you only use the quantity that you need.

'Using inexpensive frozen fish, in this case haddock and salmon, is a great way to cut costs, because if you're going to make fish cakes, fish pie, or croquettes, the way you cook the fish won’t make any difference to the texture or flavour to the final dish.'

Ingredients based on prices at Sainsbury's:

Two carrots – 20p

Two onions – 40p

Frozen haddock - £3.99

Frozen salmon - £4.50

Potatoes - £1.60

Frozen peas - £1

One lemon – 32p

Mustard - £1

Frozen spinach pods - £1.49

Cheddar cheese - £1.88

Frozen prawns - £2.50


Dice the two carrots and two onions. Place into a large pan on a medium heat and let them sweat while stirring

Put the frozen fish into a pan and pour over a pint of milk

Poach for ten to fifteen minutes

Boil the potatoes, pouring the hot water over the frozen peas to defrost them

Add a knob of butter to the potatoes and a little lemon zest

Combine the peas and the potatoes by mashing together

Once the carrots and onions are nicely browned, add two heaped tablespoons of flour and a big dollop of English mustard

Add 100g of frozen spinach pods and melt together in the pan

Add 125g of frozen cooked prawns to the pan

Add the carrots, onions, spinach and prawns to a large cooking dish

Break up the salmon and smoked haddock over the top of the carrots, onions, spinach and prawns

Squeeze half a lemon over the top and add 40 grams of grated cheddar cheese

Load up some sweet pea mash over the top, creating divets for extra crispness

Place in the oven for 30-40 minutes at 180 degrees

Add baked beans if you love ‘em!

Serves 6-8 people

Jamie’s total costs: £1.32 per portion

Total cost according to Sainsbury’s: £3.15 per person for six portions. £2.36 per person for eight portions

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