Cod fish cakes – cheap and easy to make


Cod fish cakes are a new but very welcome addition to our family meal repertoire. I often struggle with lighter dishes for spring and summer, but these are perfect for warmer weather. The kids really enjoy them, which is quite a surprise seeing as they ‘don’t like cod’!

It’s a really cheap dish; I use cod fillets from Lidl, which are £2.69 for two.

Recipe for cod fish cakes


This makes 10 decent size fish cakes.

  • 4 skinless, boneless cod fillets – approximately 500g
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes suitable for mashing
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese (cheaper Grana Padano works just fine)
  • 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 tsps salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Polenta (optional)
Cod fish cakes
The fish cakes prepped before being cooked


1. Boil and then mash the potatoes

2. Meanwhile fill a pan with lightly salted water and place the cod fillets in so that the water covers them. Simmer until the cod flakes easily. Drain and flake with a fork

3. Mix the flaked fish, potatoes, breadcrumbs, grated cheese, garlic, parsley, eggs . If the mixture is too crumbly, add another egg. If too sticky, add some more breadcrumbs

4. Roll into 10 balls and then flatten into cakes. I then dust them in some polenta, which gives a lovely crispness and crunch, but this is optional. If you have time stick them in the fridge to firm up

5. Fry on a medium high heat in a well-oiled frying pan until they’re well browned on both sides. Blot on some kitchen roll and serve

Cod fish cakes

I serve the cod fish cakes with peas for the kids and summer asparagus for my husband and I. Don’t forget the wine!

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