Make this butter fish pie for Christmas

Butter fish is the name of the fish. I have eaten Japanese butter fish sashimi at Japanese restaurants before but I didn’t know it is sold in chunks at frozen food suppliers until now. I want to make a fish pie and do not want the cheap dory fish as it smells ‘earth’. So, I asked the supplier what other fish that is good for making pie. She suggested butter fish which is a white, chunk of fish with firm flesh.

butter fish asparagus

I have forgotten how much per kilogramme but it is not over RM 40 per kg. I cut the fish into cubes and added asparagus and canned button mushroom to give it some bulk.

Here’s a recipe for large number of people using a 6×4 inches aluminium pie dish. I bought the aluminium pie casing because I do not have such huge pie dish. If you are cooking for fewer people, just half or quarter the quantity.

Fish & asparagus pie


One and a half kilogramme of fish, cut into cubes
400 grams asparagus, remove tough fibres and cut into 1 inch stalk
One canned button mushroom, sliced thinly

300 ml cream (you can substitute with milk for less calories)

Three large potatoes, slice and boil (or you can use pre-made store bought shortcrust or puff pastry or use mash potato to cover the pie)

A stalk of dill. Dill is available fresh from supermarkets. It is the green hairy herbs.
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of salt

5 cloves of garlic, chopped
Olive oil

Cheddar and parmesan cheese, shredded (each about 100 grams)


To assemble the pie :
Give the garlic and olive oil a quick fry
Add the fish and seasoning
Add the asparagus and mushroom
Pour in the cream. Turn off fire.

Move the ingredients into a pie tray.
Shred both types of cheese on top

Layer the slice potatoes on top. If you a pastry or mashed potatoes, just cover the top with them.

Add more shredded cheese on top of the potatoes

Bake at 200 deg. celcius for about 20 minutes or until the cheese brown


I prefer my pies to have some creamy gravy. However if you prefer a firm texture, you can add some flour and an egg.


Sprinkle some fresh dill on top for decoration. Leave the pie to cool for a while before serving. The quantity above can serve at least 10 person but easily good enough for 20 people if there are other dishes.

4 Replies to “Make this butter fish pie for Christmas”

  1. Hi may i know which frozen food supplier did you get your butter fish from? Is it the whole fish or they sell it in slices?

  2. yen – There are a few frozen foods supplier in Penang such as Pok Brothers, Lucky Frozen Foods, the one in Kelawei Road and two in Tanjung Bungah. I got mine from Muthu. Next to Muthu, there is also another shop. This is located at the shophouses across the Tanjung Bungah bus station, on the way to the wet market. Close on Sunday. The butter fish is in chunks, large chunks.

  3. yen – Lucky Frozen Food is at Bayan Baru. At PSDC corner, turn in and go all the way. I like their chipolata sausage (tiny chicken breakfast sausages). You can view their catalogs in the office and get from the warehouse)

    Miami Butcher is at Batu Feringghi and they supply in bulk. Muthu’s meat is from them. But some people don’t quite like Muthu because their shop is rather lauyeah. But I find their products quite wide ranging and cheaper. Pok Brother is within walking distance from my house but I never buy cos they don’t have a shop front, always filled with trucks and very chaotic.

    And that other shop in Kelawai, forgot the name, also not bad, with a lot of things. But no catalog, no display so you have to be sure what you want.

    Hahaha, I am like expert in bulk supplies. Do buy from them cos their prices are a lot cheaper than Cold Storage.

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