Salmon and haddock fishcakes

I’ve never been particularly brave when it comes to cooking fish, so I jumped at the chance to get involved with a campaign by Fish is the Dish, to get more parents cooking fish for their families.

Seafish is a pretty admirable organisation – aiming to support and improve the environmental sustainability, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the fishing industry, as well as to promote sustainably-sourced seafood.

To be part of the campaign I agreed to receive a delivery of a selection of fish and then serve it up for dinner. Delishfish sent a box of beautiful looking haddock and salmon with a recipe suggestion for fish pie. I decided to put some fish cakes together as the boys are a bit more partial.

Salmon and haddock fish cakes

A friday night classic

I found inspiration on the Good Food website, with Angela Nilson’s Ultimate fish cakes recipe. I made a few tweaks though, most notably using crushed cornflakes instead of breadcrumbs. This was a VERY good decision, as the resulting crumb was supercrunchy, giving way to fluffy delicious fish and potato. Probably the best fish cakes I’ve ever eaten, let alone cooked.

Yes, they’re messy to make. Yes, they make your kitchen stink of fried fish. But my goodness were they tasty!

Served with a handful of watercress and rocket and a splodge of home-made tartare sauce and a cheeky gin and tonic. The perfect way to end the slog that was half-term week!

Salmon and haddock fishcakes (based on BBC Good Food)
Serves 4

For the tartare sauce
125ml mayonnaise
1 tbsp capers, chopped
1 tsp creamed horseradish
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 tsp flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

For the fish cakes
500g mix of skinned salmon, haddock, and smoked haddock fillets
3 bay leaves
150ml milk
150ml water
350g maris piper potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 egg
85g cornflakes, crushed
4 tbsp sunflower oil
lemon wedges and peppery salad, to serve

1. Mix all the ingredients for the tartare sauce together in a bowl, then set aside in the fridge.

2. Put the fish fillets into a frying pan with the bay leaves, then pour over the milk and water. Cover then bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer for 4 mins. Remove from heat and leave covered for 10 mins to finish cooking.

3. Put the potato chunks into a medium pan, cover with boiling water and simmer for 10 mins until tender.

4. Take the fish out of the milk with a slotted fish slice and transfer to a plate to cool. Drain the potatoes then return to the pan on a very low heat to dry out and mash with a fork.

5. Take the dry mashed potatoes off the heat and then stir through a generous tablespoon of the tartare sauce, along with the lemon zest and chopped parsley. Season to taste.

6. Season the fish with black pepper, then break it up into flakes with a fork and add to the potato. Mix together very gently using a wooden spoon.

7. Beat the egg then pour onto a dinner plate. Scatter the crushed cornflakes out onto another plate. Flour a large board and your hands and then form your fishcakes into 4 round patties about 2-3cm thick.

8. Dip them first in egg, then in the crushed cornflakes, then transfer to a clean plate and cover with cling and then chill in the fridge for 30 mins to firm up.

9. Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy bottomed frying pan and then fry for 3-4 mins per side until golden.

Fish cakes in the pan

Mummy size and Arlo size fish cakes frying in the pan

I attempted to involve Arlo in the cookery proceedings… I think his expression in this photo pretty much says it all really – mooooooooodychops!

Tartare sauce anyone?

Tartare sauce anyone?


About Katie Bryson

Katie Bryson is a freelance food writer and blogger. She left a career in online news at the BBC to immerse herself in the culinary world, taking in courses at Leiths School of Food and Wine and an internship at Waitrose along the way. Her family food blog is bursting with recipes and tips for feeding hungry families that’ll help inspire all those frazzled parents out there wondering what on earth to cook for tea!
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4 Responses to Salmon and haddock fishcakes

  1. Laura Scott says:

    I love my fish but I don’t buy enough of it. Your fishcakes would go down a storm in our house, so I must make these. Cornflakes as a crunchy coating sounds good too!

  2. Definitely on my list! We all love fishcakes and these look scrummy! And love the photo of Arlo 😉

  3. Katie Bryson says:

    I’m sure you recognise that stormy toddler look Sian?!

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