Delicious Fish Cakes Recipe for Seafood Lovers

Welcome, fellow foodies! Today, I am excited to share with you my recipe for the perfect fish cakes. This recipe is an undeniable crowd-pleaser and will satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

Fish cakes have been a long-standing fixture in many British households, but this recipe puts a unique twist on the classic dish. I’ve added a combination of herbs, garlic cloves, parmesan cheese, and mayonnaise to create an irresistible flavor. Trust me; your taste buds will thank me!

These fish cakes are incredibly easy to make and require only a few ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. They are perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a casual family dinner, a date night, or even a party appetizer.

Over the years, I’ve experimented with various seafood ingredients to find the perfect combination for this recipe. Whether you’re using cod, salmon or tuna – this recipe has got you covered!

So get ready to whip up some delicious homemade fish cakes that will transport you straight to the heart of Britain. Get your aprons on and let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Fish Cakes
Fish Cakes

When it comes to seafood, nothing beats the taste and flavor of a good fish cake. And if you’re looking for the perfect fish cake recipe, look no further than this recipe here. Trust me; you’re going to love it.

First off, this recipe is incredibly easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients, you can have a delicious and satisfying meal ready in no time. Plus, the recipe is versatile enough that you could tweak it to your liking by adding your choice of spices or herbs.

But what really sets this fish cake recipe apart is its texture. The homemade fish cakes are soft on the inside with a crispy exterior, making them irresistible to anyone who loves seafood. Additionally, these cakes won’t fall apart like some other types of fish cakes do.

These fish cakes are also packed with flavor thanks to the combination of ingredients used such as green onions, garlic cloves, and mayonnaise. And if you’re a cheese enthusiast like I am, you’ll love the way the parmesan cheese adds an extra dimension of taste.

Furthermore, these cakes are versatile in terms of how they are served and paired with other foods. Whether you choose to enjoy them as a main course or as an appetizer dish, there’s no doubting that they will pair well with bread crumbs, potatoes or even some blue cheese garnish.

In conclusion, if you want to treat yourself to a satisfying seafood meal or serve up something impressive at your next gathering or party, give these homemade fish cakes a try. Trust me; they won’t disappoint!

Ingredient List

“Bite-sized nuggets of flavor!”

What You’ll Need

  • 1 pound cooked cod or similar fish fillets, flaked
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes, drained and cooled
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 egg
  • vegetable oil, for frying

Other Possible Variations

This recipe can be versatile by using different fish like salmon, tilapia, or even canned tuna. Additionally, you could add in some herbs like parsley or dill to the mixture. For a spicy twist, try adding in some Thai chili paste or Caribbean spices.

If you’re looking for a more proper British fish cake or Korean fish cake recipe, substitute the mashed potatoes with cooked yellow peas or sweet potato noodles called tteokbokki or korean fish cakes respectively.

For a healthier option, you could bake the fish cakes instead of frying them. Or use a keto-friendly alternative to mashed potatoes like cauliflower mash.

These cakes are often paired with fresh salad greens, rice pilaf or soup, and a slice of lemon on the side.

The Recipe How-To

“A fresh and delicious twist on traditional cakes.”

Now that you have all the ingredients, let’s get started cooking! Here’s how to make delicious fish cakes in no time:

Step 1: Cook the Fish

In a pot of boiling water, cook 1 pound of cod (or your preferred fish) until it is flaky and cooked through. Drain the water from the pot and allow the fish to cool for a few minutes.

Step 2: Mash the Potatoes

While the fish is cooling, peel and chop 2 cups of potatoes into small pieces. Boil the potatoes in another pot until they are tender enough to mash. Drain the water and mash the potatoes with a fork or potato masher until they are smooth.

Step 3: Mix Ingredients Together

In a large bowl, mix together the mashed potatoes, flaked fish, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1 egg, 1/4 cup bread crumbs, 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped herbs (such as parsley or chives), and salt and pepper to taste.

Step 4: Form Fish Cakes

With your hands, form 12-15 patties from the mixture. Make sure to form them firmly so that they don’t fall apart during cooking.

Step 5: Cook Fish Cakes

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and coat with cooking spray. Add the fish cakes to the skillet and cook until they are golden brown on both sides (about 3-4 minutes per side).

Step 6: Serve

Serve the fish cakes hot with a dollop of mayonnaise, green onions, or your preferred sauce. Enjoy your homemade fish cakes!

Remember that you can always experiment with different types of fish like salmon or tilapia for a new twist on this classic recipe.

Substitutions and Variations

“These fish cakes will make every seafood lover’s mouth water.”

As with any recipe, there are always ways to customize it to your liking. Fish cakes are no exception! Here are a few different substitutions and variations you can try:

– Swap out the fish: While this recipe calls for 1 pound of cooked cod, you can use other types of fish such as salmon, hake, tilapia or tuna. You could even mix different types of fish together for a unique flavor profile.

– Make them spicy: Add some heat to your fish cakes by throwing in some chopped red pepper flakes or thai chilies.

– Mix up the herbs: Instead of the green onions and herbs (parsley works great in fish cakes), try adding in some fresh rosemary or thyme for a more savory taste.

– Go ethnic: Add flavors inspired by different cuisines such as Japanese-style fish cakes (kamaboko), Korean-style fish cakes (tteokbokki) and Hawaiian-style fish cakes.

– Try a different binder: Instead of using mashed potatoes as the binder, you could try using crushed crackers, bread crumbs, cornmeal or panko bread crumbs.

– Making them keto-friendly: If you’re following a low-carb diet, use mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes. Don’t forget to substitute regular breadcrumbs for keto-friendly ones.

However you decide to customize your fish cakes, be sure to not include too much liquid—this will prevent the cakes from falling apart while cooking. Also, don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things. Who knows? You might stumble upon a variation that becomes your new favorite!

Serving and Pairing

“With a crispy outside and a tender inside, these cakes are simply irresistible.”

When it comes to serving and pairing these fish cakes, there are a few options that will really make the flavors stand out. One option is to serve them on a bed of greens or mixed veggies with a side of freshly squeezed lemon juice for dipping. The freshness of the greens and acidity from the lemon elevate the flavors of the cakes and balance out any richness.

Another option is to serve them with a dipping sauce such as spicy mayo or tartar sauce. These sauces add a lovely richness and complement the fishy flavor of the cakes. They also add a layer of creaminess to each bite.

If you’re looking for something heartier, try pairing these fish cakes with some rice pilaf or roasted veggies such as carrots and brussel sprouts. This will make for a complete meal that is both satisfying and nutritious.

For those who want to take it up a notch, consider topping your fish cakes with crumbled blue cheese, fresh herbs, or parmesan cheese before serving. This adds an extra layer of savory flavor that pairs well with the delicate texture of the cakes.

Overall, serving and pairing these fish cakes is quite flexible as they can be matched with many different sides and dipping sauces. Whether you’re looking for something light or hearty, there’s no wrong way to enjoy these delicious fish cakes.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“The perfect appetizer or main course for any occasion.”

As much as I love the process of making fish cakes, I’m also all for convenience. That’s why I recommend making a larger batch, and optionally freezing them for those busy nights or last-minute cravings.

To make ahead, simply follow the instructions and once the fish cakes are cooked and cooled, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. These fish cakes can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months.

To reheat refrigerated fish cakes, simply heat them in a skillet or air fryer at medium heat until warm. If reheating from frozen, let them thaw in the refrigerator before re-heating using a skillet or air fryer.

For storing leftover mashed potato mixture, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days before using as a base for future fish cakes.

One important note: since these fish cakes can be delicate, be careful when reheating them to avoid making them fall apart. If you choose to deep-fry the fish cakes, note that they may not be able to freeze well as they may become too fragile to hold their shape after thawing.

With this storage and reheating method, you’ll always have a delicious meal ready whenever you need it without sacrificing any of the flavors and textures provided by this amazing fish cake recipe!

Tips for Perfect Results

“You won’t feel guilty about indulging in these healthy cakes.”

To ensure that your fish cakes turn out perfectly every time, here are some tips to keep in mind:

Firstly, make sure to drain your potatoes really well after boiling so that they’re not too watery. If the potatoes have too much water, the mixture will be too moist and the fish cakes may not hold their shape when cooking.

Secondly, when forming the fish cakes, it’s important to handle them gently. Overhandling can cause the mixture to break apart and fall apart during frying. Instead, try using a gentle touch when shaping the patties.

Thirdly, when frying the fish cakes, make sure that your oil is hot enough before adding them to the pan. If the oil isn’t hot enough, the fish cakes may soak up too much oil and become greasy.

Fourthly, don’t overcrowd the pan when frying. Make sure there’s enough space between each patty so that they cook evenly on both sides. Overcrowding can cause uneven cooking and may also cause them to stick together.

Finally, experiment with different types of fish and flavorings to find your perfect combination. Whether you prefer a spicy Thai-inspired version or a traditional British-style with blue cheese and herbs, there are endless possibilities for variations that will suit your tastes.

Taking these tips into consideration will help you achieve crispy-on-the-outside-soft-and-delicious-on-the-inside fish cakes every time.


Now that we have gone over the complete recipe for making delicious fish cakes, let’s answer some frequently asked questions related to this dish. These FAQs will help you better understand how to make the most of the recipe and troubleshoot any issues you might face during the cooking process. So, let’s dive right in!

How do you keep fish cakes from falling apart?

To ensure your fish cakes hold together nicely, it’s best to use forks when breaking down your leftover fish into small, flaky pieces. Additionally, be sure to prepare a clean baking sheet or plate with parchment paper before molding the fish cakes. This will help prevent them from sticking and make for an easier cleanup.

Do you put egg in fish cakes?

Let’s get started with making these tasty fish cakes! A perfect blend of fish, mashed potato, fresh parsley and an egg, all mixed together until well combined. It’s important to mix the ingredients with care so that the fish isn’t overworked and break apart. Don’t forget to add a pinch of salt and pepper for an added kick of flavor. Once mixed well, shape the mixture into 8-12 patties according to the size you prefer, and place in the refrigerator to chill for an hour.

Why do fish cakes fall apart when cooked?

The issue with fish cakes that crumble while frying is commonly due to excessively wet mashed potatoes. To prevent this, it is essential to have a relatively dry potato mash with some coarse bits remaining to create texture. It’s crucial to thoroughly drain the potatoes before mashing them.

What is the difference between a fish cake and a fish patty?

Fishcake is a popular seafood dish that is typically served as a fried patty. While there are various kinds of fishcake recipes, most of them feature a combination of fish, potato, and bread crumbs or batter.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Fish Cakes Recipe is a great way to get creative with your cooking while still enjoying a classic meal. With the flexibility of substitutions and variations, you can easily make this recipe yours by incorporating your favorite flavors or cultural influences. Not only is it easy to make, but it offers a wide range of possibilities for serving and pairing, from dipping sauces to sides.

Additionally, my tips for perfect results ensure that you won’t be disappointed with the outcome. Whether you are making proper British fish cakes or trying out a new twist on it, this recipe guarantees that your fish cakes will not fall apart and will be packed with flavor.

So why not give this Fish Cakes Recipe a try? Impress guests at your next dinner party with homemade fish cakes or simply enjoy them as an easy weeknight meal. Either way, I promise that this recipe will not disappoint – the perfect combination of taste and simplicity.

Fish Cakes

Fish Cakes Recipe

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Course: Appetizer/Entrée
Cuisine: Fusion
Keyword: < 30 Mins
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Calories: 830.4kcal


  • 8 ounces fish fillets (Walleye or Northern Pike or Crappie)
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cooked wild rice
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 4 green onions (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 20 Ritz crackers (crushed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon herbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 ounce blue cheese (crumbled)


  • - Cook the fish in simmering water until fish flakes. (about 5 minutes).
  • - In a large bowl combine the fish (flaked), mayonnaise, wild rice, onions, cheese, and garlic.
  • - Add eggs and mix with a fork.
  • - Crush the Ritz crackers and fold into the batter until firm enough to form into cakes.
  • - Heat oil or buttter over a medium high heat.
  • - Cook on each side for 2 to 3 minutes until nicely browned.
  • - Serve with Aioli Sauce.
  • (Aioli).
  • - Mix mayonnaise, blue cheese and crushed garlic.
  • - Chill until ready to use.

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Serving: 126g | Calories: 830.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 29.1g | Fat: 59.9g | Saturated Fat: 15.2g | Cholesterol: 304.8mg | Sodium: 1699mg | Fiber: 1.2g | Sugar: 9.9g

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