Crispy Potato-Fish Cakes

Crispy Potato Fish Cakes

I went out for a nice run last night and was so grateful for the extra hour of sunlight provided by daylight savings time last weekend. It was so wonderful to be able to get some fresh air after dinner that it sent me into a total gratitude spiral.

I felt so lucky to have this insanely beautiful seawall in Vancouver to enjoy every day. I’m so thankful to live in a safe, clean place where views are just mind-blowing and the weather is conducive to year-round outdoor activity.

And I’m very grateful for my mobility – something most of us are lucky enough not to give a second thought. But I’ve sustained enough minor running injuries (and a recent c-section, broken toe, broken rib, etc.) to feel appreciation for my body every time I bounce along a running trail without any discomfort, just two feet and a heartbeat. Fitness is something you lose if you don’t use – not to be taken for granted.

I felt grateful for my husband who lovingly takes care of baby while I have some personal time for exercise, and thankful for the belly full of spaghetti and meatballs – which were giving me side cramps that reminded me how fortunate we are to have nutrition in abundance…

Anyway, I find being grateful makes me a happy person, and gratitude is contagious, so I thought I’d share it.


Crispy Potato Fish Cakes

I’m also sharing fish cakes – something very Atlantic-Canadian (my roots!) and very much comfort food to me. They are traditionally made with salt cod, but I prefer fresh. You can sub in salmon, if you like (or halibut, but it tends to be pricier). OR even two cans of tuna or salmon.

A crisp, golden exterior belies a soft, mashed-potato centre with buttery chunks of cod and bright shards of green onion. I serve it on a bed of lemon- and olive oil-dressed greens, with lots of this quick, tangy tartar sauce. Adarsh likes to pile his into a pita.

Crispy Potato-Fish Cakes
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp + 5 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 lb boneless cod filet
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups mashed potato (leftover, or just microwave 2 potatoes skin-on)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 green onion, white and green parts, minced
  • up to 1 cup fresh bread crumbs (I grate a frozen bun on a box grater)
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
For tartar sauce:
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ tbsp brined capers
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1 green onion, white and green parts, minced
  • Salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add cod, season with salt and pepper; cook until just barely opaque and flakey - better to ever-so-slightly undercook the fish than overcook it at this stage, as you'll be cooking it again in the cakes.
  2. Transfer to a bowl and break into large flakes with your hands. Add mashed potato, egg, green onion and enough bread crumbs so that the mixture holds a patty shape (if using leftover mash with milk or other liquid added, you'll definitely need the whole cup of crumbs). Use your hands or a big spoon to work everything together until well-combined.
  3. Place flour on a shallow plate. Form potato mixture into 16 equal patties between the palms of your hands, dredging both sides in the flour and transferring to a baking sheet as you go. Refrigerate fish cakes 20 minutes to firm up.
  4. Wipe out the fish skillet and return to medium heat; add remaining oil. When shimmering hot, add several fish cakes - you'll need to cook them in a few batches to avoid over-crowding the pan. Serve with tartar sauce.
To make tartar sauce:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, whisking together with a fork. Season with salt to taste.
 

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9 Reviews

  1. bhatdixy

    March 12, 2014 12:49 pm - Reply

    we take little things for granted…thanks for reminding friend :) and potato fish cakes look gorgeous, love different options too with fish.

  2. Cooking for Keeps

    March 12, 2014 1:31 pm - Reply

    Mmmm these look divine. Perfect for my current fish obsession!

  3. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    March 12, 2014 5:41 pm - Reply

    It was quite refreshing to hear your comments about gratitude, which echo mine.  I love Vancouver by the way.  Also I love your simple homey recipe.

  4. foodess

    March 13, 2014 10:17 am - Reply

    Carol at Wild Goose Tea  Thanks, Carol :)

  5. Kjoto

    March 13, 2014 2:11 pm - Reply

    Looking forward to making these for my baby as a finger food. Thanks for another great recipe!

  6. foodess

    March 15, 2014 10:41 am - Reply

    bhatdixy  Thank you, Dixya!

  7. foodess

    March 15, 2014 10:41 am - Reply

    Kjoto  They do make great baby finger food! :)

  8. Sara Struckman

    March 25, 2014 11:44 am - Reply

    You have to know that I’m slowly becoming obsessed with your recipes. My whole family is. My kids have enjoyed everything I’ve made from this site (sloppy joes, fish and potato cakes, coconut lentils, etc., etc.). Keep these delicious magical recipes coming. Oh, and these cakes were divine. So good.

    • Jennifer Pallian

      March 26, 2014 5:32 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much Sara, this comment made my week! :)