Fish Pie with Crunchy Kumara Topping

Fish Pie with Crunchy Kumara Topping

Creamy and crunchy textures blend together deliciously in this family favourite.
Servings 4
Total Time 45 mins



  • 800 g kumara peeled & diced
  • cup milk


  • ½ cauliflower cut into small florets
  • 1 leek cut in half lengthways & thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch parsley roughly chopped
  • 550 g market fish sliced 3cm
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp cornflour
  • ½ tsp lemon pepper
  • cups chicken stock
  • 250 g frozen peas
  • 125 g sour cream


  • 1 Tbsp butter melted
  • 100 g panko breadcrumbs
  • 50 g grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp salt


  • Before you start, preheat oven to 220°C (or 200°C fan bake). Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Set aside a large baking dish.
  • Prep kumara. Add to pot of boiling water and cook on high heat for 15-20 minutes, until very tender. Drain well and return to pot to with milk. Mash until smooth and season with salt and pepper.
  • Prep cauliflower, leek and parsley. Pat fish dry and remove any scales or bones. Slice 3cm and season with salt and pepper. Lay fish in a single layer in baking dish.
  • Heat first measure of butter in medium pot with lid on medium-high heat. Cook leek with salt for 2-3 minutes, until starting to soften. Add cornflour and lemon pepper and cook for a further 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add cauliflower and stock, mix well and bring to boil. Cook with the lid on for about 5 minutes, until cauliflower is tender. Remove from heat, stir through peas, sour cream and parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour over fish.
  • Melt second measure of butter. In a medium bowl, combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan, salt and butter. Incorporate with your fingers to mix through butter. Top filling with kumara and scatter over topping.
  • Cook pie for 10-12 minutes, until top is crispy and fish is just cooked. Allow to cool, before cutting into portions.
  • Serve pie.

Meet the Chef

Ella ‘Katsu’

A passion for food has always been a common thread throughout her life, so being surrounded by people who love food as much as she does and eating delicious food all day is a dream role for Ella ‘Katsu’. Before joining My Food Bag, Ella competed on Masterchef NZ (at just 19 years old!), studied business and food science, and worked in some of NZ’s top restaurants and in the FMCG industry in Auckland and London. Fresh, Asian flavours – especially lime and coriander – are her favourite. And her guilty pleasure? Sushi!

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