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Nigerian Fish Pie Recipe

Recipe by Fitnigerian

This recipe is the standard way of making the Nigerian fish pie recipe

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Nigerian fish pie recipe




10 people

Prep Time
20 Min

Total Time
50 Min

  • 400g of plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 100g of margarine/butter
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup of water, or enough to get a non-stretchy dough
  • 1 egg, for egg wash 
Ingredients For Filling:
  • 1 or 2 fresh mackerel fish (cut in pieces) OR canned tuna/mackerel
  • 1 Irish or sweet potatoes, cube-sized
  • Half of an onion, sliced
  • 1 grated carrot, optional
  • Cooking oil of choice
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  1. 1
    Preheat oven to 350F
  2. 2
    If using fresh mackerel, put in a pot and bring to boil with water on the same level with the fish. Season with salt and seasoning cube(s) if needed.
  3. 3
    When soft, take off heat and allow to cool. Debone and mash with a fork. If using canned mackerel/tuna, there’s no need for step 1, just mash with a fork.
  4. 4
    In a large pan, heat up oil and sauté onions till it’s translucent. Add your grated carrots (optional) and stir to combine. Add your cayenne pepper to your taste then add your cube-sized Irish/ sweet potatoes. Add your stock (from your boiled fish), cover and allow the potatoes to cook till soft. Add your mashed fish then stir to combine. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Remove from heat and set aside.
  5. 5
    For the dough
    In a large bowl, add flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and mix thoroughly.
  6. 6
    Make a well in the middle and add your butter/margarine. Mix well with hands to get a crumbly texture, much like bread crumbs. Then, add your egg and stir into the crumbly dough.
  7. 7
    In little increments, add water and mix thoroughly. Repeat the process till you achieve a non-stretchy dough.
  8. 8
    Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead the dough for about 3-5minutes then allow to rest covered for about 5 minutes.
  9. 9
    Return to your lightly floured surface and cut out a portion to be rolled out. Roll with the aid of a rolling pin to get the thickness and shape desired. Cut out the extras to get a rectangular shape or most preferably, can use a pie cutter.
  10. 10
    Fill at the edge of your rectangular shaped dough, fold and seal at the other end with water. Repeat the process till your fish pie is exhausted. 
  11. 11
    Grease your baking tray and lay out your fish pie on the tray. Whisk your egg for egg wash and then coat at the top of your fish pie and then bake for about 30 mins or till golden brown.
  • In preparing the filing for baking, prepare a solution of two tablespoons of flour in ½ cup of water and then add to the fish filling to retain its moisture before you take off heat.
  • This ingredients and recipe is very similar to that of fish roll recipe. The minor differences are the shape of the dough and fish roll is deep-fried instead of baked.
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Here are the frequently asked questions about making fish pie

How long can fish pie be stored for?

Fish pie can be stored in a freezer for about 4-5 days and reheated in an oven when needed. 

Can I add yeast to my dough for fish pie?

You can add either yeast or baking powder to your fish pie dough.

Can I roll out the dough, keep in the freezer and fry the next day?

You can roll out the dough from the freezer a day after. Just allow to defrost for about an hour then fry. 

What is Mackerel?

Mackerel is popularly known as Titus fish. It’s also called iced fish and called “Eja Alaran” in Yoruba.


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Type: Snack

Cuisine: Nigerian

Recipe Yield: 10 servings

Preparation Time: PT20M

Cooking Time: PT30M

Total Time: PT50M

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Margarine/Butter
  • Baking powder
  • Oil
  • Mackerel fish
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrot
  • onion
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Egg

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  1. Thanks, i will try it this wkend .Nigerian foods are delicious and healthy food. I like to eat them especially jollof rice and moinmoin.

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