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Nigerian Fish pie

Hi everyone, hope you are all doing great? Been a while since I made pastry, I checked my archive and discovered that I don’t have any post on fish pastry. The horror!

lol, I quickly made my way to my lab and created the recipe. Nigerian Fish pie uses less filling compared to meat or chicken pie. But one thing most of the Nigerian fish pie I have tasted is that the filling is too dry.

I am not expecting it to ooze its fillings like meat pie, but I would like it to have a bit of moist. So I decided to make that happen and also for you all to enjoy and replicate this recipe. The dough recipe is the same that I used for my Meatpie recipe. I plan on making a richer dough recipe later on to switch things up. But for now….

Ok, Lets get started shall we 🙂


  • 3 2/3 cups of plain flour
  • 225 grams of butter (room temperature)
  • 8 tablespoons of Cold water
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of salt
  • 1 egg for brushing and sealing


  • 2 medium sized Mackerel
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Curry
  • 1/4 teaspoon of White pepper
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 fish stock cube
  • 1/2 a cup of fish stock
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 8- 12 tablespoons of water
  • 1/2 a teaspoon of Chilli flakes (optional)
  • Onion granules


  • Food processor (optional )
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Pizza cutter
  • Pastry brush
  • Medium sized pot cover
  • Baking sheet

Prep time : 1:15 minutes
Baking time : 25 minutes
Total time : 1 hour : 40 minutes


First of all, gut(remove the insides) and rinse the fish properly.

Next boil it with sliced onions. Please do not add salt. 



Sift the flour into a bowl

Next add the butter.

See my pictures on how to get the right quantity.
The package already gives an insight into each grams, just count until you get the correct grams that you need.

I used a 250 grams butter, so what I did was cut off the 25grams that will not be used.(picture below)

Cut the butter into pieces and add to the flour. (The butter shown here is the 225 grams used and cut up)

Next mix the butter into the flour until it turns into fine breadcrumb like texture.


Next add the water. Please use the measuring spoon and add the water gradually. Do not add all at once.

Start by adding the water with the tablespoons. Start with 5, then gradually increase until you get a firm dough.

Mix together until the dough is formed. Do not knead! More work will be done on the dough when rolling and cutting. 
Wrap it in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes. Very important! 


Once the fish has cooled off. Flake it into semi large chunks

Next in a frying pan, heat up the oil

Next add the slice onions. (This is only for flavour)

 Once it’s been fried into a translucent state, then add the bay leaf, thyme, curry ,white pepper,garlic powder and onion granules . Fry for 30 seconds on the reduced heat.

Once it’s browned (see picture) remove everything from the frying pan.

Now add the flakes fish and stock cube to the same pan

Next add the fish stock (liquid)

Now add the chilli flakes. Stir well and cook for 12 minutes.

After 12 minutes, check on it.
Then add the flour mixed with water to the fish. (This will make it semi moist, so that when baked, it won’t come out too dry.)

 Simmer on low heat for 5 minutes and then Set aside for use later. (See how moist it is)

Back to the dough

After 30 minutes, remove from the fridge.

Now it’s time to get the pie rolling 🙂

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees.
Bring out the dough from the fridge.

Dust the chopping board with flour. Divide the dough into sections.

Next roll out each section until smooth.
Step 1:

Cut the smoothed dough into circles. I used a small microwave cover to get the round shapes. I cut two shapes, (one for filling, one for covering )

Step 2:

Next add the filling in the middle.


Next break the egg into a bowl and whisk.

Dip the pastry brush lightly into the egg and brush around the edges of the dough
Lift the edges and Gently cover to seal.

Step 4

Once sealed, use a fork to close completely and (See picture) the design on top of each pastry is just a preference for me, it’s not compulsory. Use any design you want 😀

Step 5
Do the steps repeatedly until you finish. Then place it on a baking sheet (lightly brushed with butter) place it in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.
After 25 minutes, remove from the oven and check.

Now at this stage, you could either decide to leave it or place it back in the oven to get darker.
But that’s just individual preference. But ideally 25 minutes mark is best. 😉
Now take a look at that! Awesome isn’t it. Hehehe.

There you have it. Nigerian Fish Pie!

Serve with a nice cold drink.

That’s it from me today

I’ll see you in my next post.

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Love Duchess O

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