Rajah | Recipes | Pilchard Cottage Pie

Rajah | Recipes | Pilchard Cottage Pie


Pilchard Cottage Pie


Serves: 6
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Category: Fish/Pilchards
Product: Rajah Mild Masala
Cost for 6 portions: R72



1kg potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 tbsp butter
½ cup milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Vegetable or olive oil, for frying
1 onion, finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and grated
2 sticks celery, finely chopped
2 tbsp Rajah Mild Masala
3 x 400g tins pilchards in tomato sauce
A handful of spinach leaves, chopped
Salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
1 cup grated cheese, for sprinkling



      1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius.
      2. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and add the potatoes.
      3. Cook until very soft – about 10 minutes. Drain and mash until smooth then add the butter, milk and season to taste.
      4. In a medium-sized pan, heat the oil and fry the onions, carrots and celery until softened – about 10 minutes.
      5. Add the Rajah Mild Masala and toast for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
      6. Add the pilchards (and their sauce) and spinach and bring to the boil. Season well.
      7. Spread the pilchard mixture into an ovenproof dish, top with the mash and sprinkle with cheese.
      8. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes or until golden and caramelised.


TIP Swop out the potatoes for sweet potatoes – they are high in fibre and have a low GI so are a healthier alternative.

  • Phume Masesi Dimba ✌

    Cottage Pie has always been a no go for me, but with recipe I think I can manage. Can’t wait. Yummy!

  • Black Velvet 🖤

    LOVE the Mild Masala spice, another one of my family’s favourite. Goes so well with almost everything. And what a cool way to reinvent our much loved pilchards. Excited to try out this out! Easy to find and pocket friendly ingredients. Thanks!