Quick Healthy Fish Cakes

These quick healthy fish cakes are really easy to make and delicious too. Packed full of flavour, you’ll definitely notice the difference in taste compared to shop bought ones!

These quick healthy fish cakes are really easy to make and delicious too. Packed full of flavour you'll definitely notice the difference in taste compared to shop bought ones!

These quick healthy fish cakes are not only healthy but easy on your cash too!

Just like my oven baked fish puffs recipe these fish cakes prove that you can make delicious fish based meals without the need to spend loads of money on the most expensive and popular fish like haddock or cod.

Go for the less expensive lesser known white fish like River Cobbler or Coley. I promise you that you won’t notice any difference in taste and these kinds of fish are likely to be more sustainable too, so you’ll be doing the environment a favour as well!

Fish cakes are a great way of making a little fish go a long way and also encouraging children to eat fish when they may not be keen. Plus, by making your own, you know exactly what goes into them, unlike those shop bought processed ones!

These quick healthy fish cakes are really easy to make and delicious too. Packed full of flavour you'll definitely notice the difference in taste compared to shop bought ones!

I’ve told you the story before in the baked cod with caper mash recipe about the fish van coming to my gran’s every Friday and her purchasing fish for our Saturday lunch when we visited.

I clearly remember that if I was staying with my Gran on a Friday too and was allowed to go down the street with her to meet the fish van I saw all these strange looking potato cake things covered in tons of ruskelene. I wondered what they were……

It wasn’t until later in life that I realised they were fish cakes and I tried some shop bought ones. I could only taste potato and couldn’t find or taste any fish.

These quick healthy fish cakes are really easy to make and delicious too. Packed full of flavour you'll definitely notice the difference in taste compared to shop bought ones!

Fast-forward I then got this recipe and I made my own healthy fish cakes – what a revelation.

How simple, how delicious and how very cost effective too! Perfect for a thrifty Scottish lad like myself!

It was from then on that I made my own fish cakes, to the specifications of this recipe that I’ve published for you today. I can’t remember the last time I had shop bought ones. Whenever I have fish to use up I’ll use them up with this recipe and stick them in the freezer bank. 🙂

These quick healthy fish cakes are really easy to make and delicious too. Packed full of flavour you'll definitely notice the difference in taste compared to shop bought ones!

Cooking Tips For Your Quick Healthy Fish Cakes

You only need to shallow fry these beauties in the smallest amount of vegetable oil. This helps to keep the fat content to a very minimum and means you’re actually tasting the fish cakes themselves and not the oil.

I use a couple of teaspoons in a non-stick frying pan over a very low heat to gently cook the first batch of 4 fish cakes.

Then I change the oil and use the other 2 teaspoons for the final 4 fishcakes which means the oil is fresh for each batch helping to give the breadcrumbs their fantastic golden colour.

To re-cook from frozen they only need 12 – 15 minutes in an oven at 180C.

If you love these healthy fish cakes then I just know you’ll love my smoked haddock fishcakes with poached egg and mustard sauce recipe. They make for a fantastic tasty weekend supper!

5 from 2 votes
These quick healthy fish cakes are really easy to make and delicious too. Packed full of flavour you'll definitely notice the difference in taste compared to shop bought ones!
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Quick Healthy Fish Cakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
48 mins
 
These quick healthy fish cakes are really easy to make and delicious too.
Course: Dinner
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 128 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
  • 450 g potato peeled and cut into pieces
  • 250 g white fish such as river cobbler or coley
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated lemon rind
  • 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Plain flour
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 80 g breadcrumbs*
  • 4 tsp vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Cook the potatoes in boiling, salted water for about 15 – 20 minutes until tender, drain and mash them.
  2. Place the fish in a shallow pan, cover with water, season with a little salt and cook over a low head for about 10 minutes until the fish is tender, then drain the water away and flake the fish with a fork.
  3. Mix the flaked fish with the mashed potato, lemon and parsley and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Flour a work surface and using your hands form the mixture into 8 patties
  5. Dip the patties into the beaten egg, ensuring they are completely covered and then dip into the breadcrumbs.
  6. Fry the fish cakes in the oil in a non-stick frying pan for 3-4 mins on each side until crisp and golden. This takes about 20 minutes in total.
  7. Serve with the lemon wedges and a crisp iceberg lettuce salad with cucumber spring onions and cherry tomatoes.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition label is per fish cake.

The fish cakes are freezable.

*I make my own wholemeal breadcrumbs by drying out any old crusty wholemeal bread scraps I have left in the oven and then processing them in my blender.

 

Nutrition Facts
Quick Healthy Fish Cakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 19
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.1g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.7g 4%
Trans Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.7g
Cholesterol 55.6mg 19%
Sodium 108.4mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 17.3g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1.8g 7%
Sugars 1.1g
Protein 10.1g 20%
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 21%
Calcium 4%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

These quick healthy fish cakes are really easy to make and delicious too. Packed full of flavour, you'll definitely notice the difference in taste compared to shop bought ones!

Oktoberfest 2017

Right, I’m off to Oktoberfest 2017 this weekend with my old school pals from Dundee. So, as I don’t get back until late Tuesday night, next week’s recipe post will be on Thursday. Stand-by for a fantastic new Green Lentil Shepherd’s Pie vegan family casserole dish!

I totally forgot that I was going to Oktoberfest when I wrote at the end of the Broadmeadows house weekend post that I didn’t have any other trips planned. Well this is definitely the last one for a while. It’s been a busy September!

Every 5 years my pals and I go to Oktoberfest to join in the amazing spectacle that it is and indulge in a few steins. Here’s some of the boys and yours truly from 5 years ago, Oktoberfest 2012 (that wee lad wanted to be in the photograph, and we just couldn’t refuse!).  😉

Munich 2012

So, cheers (or rather PROST ! ) in advance folks and I’ll catch you next Thursday!

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These quick healthy fish cakes are really easy to make and delicious too. Packed full of flavour, you'll definitely notice the difference in taste compared to shop bought ones!

Comments

  1. Oh man, I’ve always wanted to go to Oktoberfest! It’s one of my favorite times of the year…and I’m sure that the fact that it’s in the Fall helps! Plus, it’s a holiday about beer. That’s always a good one! 🙂 Have fun this weekend, my friend!! And take lots of pics to share with us later!

    So these fish cakes sound awesome. Robbie has been loving fish sticks lately, and I find this so odd because Laura and I don’t eat store-bought fish sticks. But we’ve totally been getting them for Robbie since he is a VERY picky eater, and the fact that he’ll actually eat some sort of meat is a bonus for us. I wonder if he would try these? I might need to make them into stick form, but I’m down to try it out! Thanks for sharing, my friend!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I know David, imagine thinking “let’s have a holiday about beer, and drink lots of great beer”. Total genius eh? 😀

      Can’t wait for Oktoberfest. Just one more long day at work and then we’re off on Saturday from Edinburgh airport.

      If you get a chance to try out these fish cakes and make them into stick form I’d love to hear! That could be the next revolutionary kids fish meal! Ha ha! 😉

  2. Oh Absolutely loving these fish cakes Neil. It looks SUPER NEAT! How on earth did you get it to look so neat. The last time I tried making my own fish cakes, they fell apart and that was a few years ago. I have never made them since.
    I have got to pull myself back together and try out your recipe. I love that it is not deep fried.Definitely saving this great recipe:)
    Have a great weekend!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Hi Ashika, one of the things I do so the fishcakes bind together well is to make sure the potatoes are well drained before mashing them. Leaving them to steam away by themselves, once emptied out of the pot helps.

      Thanks so much for your extremely kind comments and recipe rating and I hope you have a fantastic weekend too! 🙂

  3. You know me, I love all things fish so I would chow down on these if I could. I need to try and make a GiGi-variation with some approved “breadcrumbs” or some sort of binder 🙂

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      I had a google about for Gluten Free breadcrumbs GiGi, cause I think that’s what you would be looking for (but correct me if I’m wrong!) and I found a few things available, which might suit instead of the normal breadcrumbs I used?

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