Recipe: Potato Fish Cakes

Potato Fish Cakes

This recipe makes a great appetizer, or all around savoury snack if you’re a fan of fish and potatoes. You can experiment with any type of fish you’d like (or even mix them like I did), but I think cod, salmon or sole work really well. A helpful hint: if you want to reduce the cooking time, cut your potatoes into chunks (instead of boiling them whole), so that they cook quicker.

Yield: 12-14 fish cakes


4 small white potatoes or 2 large russett potatoes (cut into large chunks)
2 salmon, cod or sole fillets (about 250-300g total)
1 egg (lightly beaten)
1 tbsp milk
1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
1/4 cup fresh dill (chopped)
3 green onions (finely chopped)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt, or to taste
3 tbsp canola oil (for frying)

Fish for potato fish cakesDirections:

  1. Boil potatoes for about 15 minutes, or until tender.
  2. While the potatoes are boiling, sear the fish fillets in a frying pan with a bit of oil for 5-10 minutes over medium heat. When they are almost fully cooked, remove from heat and flake into bits with a fork.
  3. Drain potatoes and place into a large bowl. Quickly mash with a potato masher, adding milk and egg to themixture.

Frying potato fish cakes

  1. Mix the flaked fish into the mashed potatoes. Add in the breadcrumbs, green onions, dill, garlic powder, salt and pepper until well combined.
  2. Using your hands, roll a portion of the mixture into a ball and form small patties (a little bigger than a squash ball, or larger if you like). Place fish cakes in a frying pan with oil over medium heat.
  3. Fry each potato fish cake for about 5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Drain on a paper towel-lined tray or plate. Serve with your favourite seafood dipping sauce, ketchup or enjoy as is.

6 Responses to “Recipe: Potato Fish Cakes”

  1. sigmasoul says:

    For a healther dish.
    1. Steam fish and potatoes (let cool)
    2. Add Egg Beaters, potatoes, fish, dill,
    onion, Mrs. Dash Spicy in mixing bowl.
    3. Mix together with mixer.
    4. Bake @350 deg. for 25 mins. or until tops are brown.

  2. Monique says:

    Awesome healthy alternative… thanks for the tips! I’m definitely going to try steaming my fish next time. :-)

  3. Family gal says:

    Best fish cake recipe I’ve ever tried. I love fish cakes but they never seemed to work out and these were amazing!

  4. Monique says:

    Thanks Family Gal! Glad you enjoyed it! :-D

  5. Joy says:

    I made these tonight using basa, and Cajun Seasoning, black pepper and minced garlic rather than powdered. I mixed all the spices with the egg previous to adding it to the rest and it was awesome! , I also used 1/2 gluten free breadcrumbs and / regular only because I ran out of GF ones.

    We had these with a big salad and it was a fantastic supper – a keeper for sure!

  6. Monique says:

    Great to hear, Joy! I’m glad they came out so well, esp. with the substitutions. I love basa! :-D

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