Irish Fisherman’s Pie

Irish Fisherman’s Pie, inspired by a recent trip to Ireland. This dish is made with a creamy seafood base of white fish, salmon, shrimp and squid and topped with mashed potatoes. 

Hello, hi! I’m back with a new recipe today inspired by our recent trip to Ireland!

Usually when we are heading on a trip I do extensive research about the food and the best places to eat. But for this trip I didn’t have high expectations for the food. I did have high expectations about the beautiful views (which were met), but in my mind Ireland’s food scene is all about meat and potatoes and I wasn’t that interested.

Maybe it was because I set the bar low, but I was pleasantly surprised by the food and excited to find seafood on almost every menu! Granted our route had us on the coast for the majority of the time, so I should have figured as much!

What is Fisherman’s Pie?

After a little digging, turns out Fisherman’s Pie may actually have British routes, but it was all over Ireland so I’m sticking with it – Irish Fisherman’s Pie, haha. It is a comfort food made with a creamy seafood base and topped with mashed potatoes. It is essentially a seafood version of Sheppard’s Pie.

It is almost always made with some sort of white fish , but other than that it seems like a bit of a catch-all dish to which you can add whatever your heart desires (or whatever you have laying around).

We found this to be true. Each version of Fisherman’s Pie we tried had white fish (usually cod) and then it varied from there. Most had salmon and shrimp, some had mussels and squid. We also found that the preparation varied – some were creamier with less massed potato on top, while some were loaded with potato, soaking up a lot of the creamy sauce.

I’ve created my own version of Irish Fisherman’s Pie based off my personal tastes – I hope you enjoy!

How to Make Irish Fisherman’s Pie

First we will start off by making a really simple mashed potato. Start by boiling russet potatoes for 20 minutes. Then mash them with butter and cream and season with salt and pepper. The potatoes will be the top of our pie!

For the seafood filling we are using 4 types of seafood:

White Fish*




*I used tilapia, but cod works well too.

We’ll start by making a roux with butter, flour and cream. To that we will season it with some dry wine, lemon juice, garlic, fresh dill, salt and pepper.

We’ll then cook the seafood in the hot roux foaming a delicious creamy, seafood filling for our pie!

The last step is assembly! I made the pie in 2 small cast iron skillets, but you can use 1 larger skillet or a ramekin – anything that is relatively shallow and can withstand the heat of a broiler will work.

Fill your pan/skillet/ramekin with the seafood filling, top with mashed potatoes and sprinkle with cheese (if desired). Put under the broiler for 3-5 minutes to brown the top and melt the cheese.

Let it cool a few minutes and then it is ready to serve!

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Irish Fisherman’s Pie

  • Author: Sprinkles & Sea Salt


Irish Fisherman’s Pie, inspired by a recent trip to Ireland. This dish is made with a creamy seafood base of white fish, salmon, shrimp and squid and topped with mashed potatoes. 



Mashed Potatoes

1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and quartered

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp heavy cream

1/2 cup whole milk



Fisherman’s Pie

2 tbsp unsalted butter

1.5 tbsp white all-purpose flour

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 cup whole milk

1/4 cup dry white wine

Juice of 1 lemon

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 tsp salt

pinch of black pepper

1 tbsp fresh dill*

1/2 pound white fish

1/2 pound salmon

1/4 pound shrimp

1/4 pound squid

Mashed Potatoes

1/2 cup cheese** (optional)


Mashed Potatoes

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil

Add the potatoes, boil for about 20 minutes until potatoes are tender

Drain, add potatoes back to the empty pot

Start to mash with a potato masher

Add the butter, continue to mash

Add the heavy cream and milk and continue to mash until they reach a creamy consistency

Season with salt and pepper to taste

Fisherman’s Pie

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat

Whisking add the flour, it will start to clump together with the butter

Slowly add the heavy cream, whisking vigorously until it starts to form a roux

Slowly add the whole milk, still whisking

Whisk in the white wine and lemon juice, roux should be creamy and coat the back of a spoon

Add the garlic, salt and pepper to taste

Fold in the fresh dill

Add the white fish and salmon, turn the heat up just a little to bring the roux to a boil

Sauté for 1-2 minutes once it starts to boil and then add the shrimp and squid

Sauté until the shrimp turns pink indicating it is cooked through

Remove skillet from heat

Turn the oven on broil

Spoon seafood mixture into 2 small cast iron skillets or 1 medium-sized skillet***

Top will a thick layer of mashed potatoes

Top mashed potatoes with cheese (if desired)

Place under the broiler to 3-5 minutes or until cheese and melted and browned to your liking

Cool for a few minutes before serving


*Or 2 tsp dry dill

**Parmesan, Motzerella, Cheddar

*** You can also broil it in ramekins

Keywords: #fishermanspie, #seafoodrecipes, #comfortfood

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