Peppered mackerel fish cakes

Peppered mackerel fish cakes

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Use up leftover mash to create a comforting, good-value family meal

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Can be frozen uncooked
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
427
protein
18g
carbs
32g
fat
26g
saturates
5g
fibre
2g
sugar
2g
salt
1.76g

Ingredients

  • 300g cold mashed potatoes
  • 6 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp horseradish sauce
  • 250g / 9oz peppered mackerel fillets, skinned and flaked
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 85g dried breadcrumbs
  • sunflower oil, for frying (optional)
  • salad and lemon wedges, to serve

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Method

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the potato, spring onions, horseradish and mackerel, then shape into 8 even-size cakes. Roll the fish cakes in the flour, shaking off any excess, then dip in the egg, followed by the breadcrumbs. Cover and chill until ready to cook. Can be prepared up to a day ahead, or frozen.
  2. Gently grill or shallow-fry the fish cakes for 5-6 mins on each side until crunchy, golden brown and hot all the way through. Serve with salad and lemon wedges.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2010

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Livinleeds's picture

Cheap, easy and delicious. I left out the horseradish but added a few squeezes of fresh lime juice. Very good.

bumblebee100's picture
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Very tasty and so easy to make. I sprayed them with a little oil and baked in the oven for 20 mins, turning after 10. I used M&S peppered mackerel which was boneless. Freeze really well. Will be making these again and will also try other fish.

cj-mock's picture
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Really tasty, become a regular mid-week meal.

Snoweider's picture
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Yep! These are as tasty as everyone says they are! Will definitely make again.

annahighfield's picture
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Deep fat fried they are much better, as the crumb goes lovely and crisp!

kate2309's picture
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Added a red chilli into recipe, delicious.

roxydoodah's picture
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Tasty.

chrisbunnett's picture
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Used Mustard as I am not a fan of horseradish and will probably try the oil spray and baking next. Worked perfectly and I've frozen some of the mixture to make them later! Another winner from this site.

devaodoherty's picture
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I made these over the weekend & they were fab. I did change the qty's though - I had 600g of mashed potatoes and 320g of peppered mackerel so I scaled all the other ingredients up to match the fish. I also baked them with just a drizzle of oil for 15mins a side at 200degrees. Will definitely make again & will even make a batch to have in the freezer.

darrenharris7's picture
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Easy, quick and great fun to make with the kids. Tasted fresh and clean. A must make recipe

cheekydee's picture
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I adapted the recipe as we had dined on a red bream cooked in the oven, so used the leftover fish. Didnt have spring onions either so used half a large onion & chopped really finely. Added some chilli flakes & omitted the horseradish. Also added some fresh parsley. They were really yummy shallow fried & served up with a sweet chilli dip! Will defintely make again!

cakeanyone's picture
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Delicious! Made a few additions. Used 250g smoked mackerel, 100g white fish, 420g'ish of mash, 1 tbsn horseradish sauce, 2 tbsn chopped parsley and some grated lemon zest. Drizzled with a little olive oil and baked in the oven for about 20 mins on 200C.

jemimatio's picture
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I also made these in the oven and they turned out fab!

eatingforpleasure's picture
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These fishcakes are really tasty ,cheap and have now become a weekly staple in our house. Keep to original recipe - the horseradish and spring onions make a difference. Noted that some of you did not like the bones. Try Sainsbury's boneless smoked mackerel fillets.

crustyphill's picture
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I love most fish dishes and this simple recipe is no exception. The strong mackerel is complimented with equally strong hourseradish and bring onions, brought together with mash. I did add a level tea spoon of dried chilli flakes which I think adds a dimention and compliments the dish, although the recipe as listed is also very tastey. Highly Recommended and memerable and will be reproduced time and time again.

kimmcb's picture
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I made these last night and they were utterly delish, full of flavour - I used butter, salt and pepper when I made my mash. They were even a resounding success with my seven year old. Instead of bread crumbs I used oats and oatbran mixed together and this was nutty and satisfying. Will definately make this again, and again, and again....

tc1980's picture
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I love fish, and mackerel is one of my favourites. I thought these were easy to make (apart from the process of deboning the fish) and they had a nice flavour and texture. I served it with salad leaves and a freshly cooked beet with a dollop of creme . Delicious.

yumyum280763's picture
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Absolutely fantastic! Made them twice now, first time I used fresh breadcrumbs and were still great. The dried ones made them more crispy though.

mounses2's picture
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These were okay. I didn't think they were as amazing as the comments led me to believe, and I don't think I would make them again. However, my boyfriend though they were lovely (hence the three stars) so I put the remainder in the freezer for him to cook for himself.

eeppee's picture
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I'd actually give this 1 star because I didn't like it at all... however, I'm not a fish eater (wish I was) and every time I try to give it a go, I'm always reminded of why I don't eat fish (apart from tuna & cod/haddock).

I've given it 3 stars on the basis that if I'd have liked fish, it would have been ok and also that my 21 month old ate one of the cakes without any fuss!

For the breadcrumbs I used a jamie oliver recipe of cream crackers, parsley, seasoning, butter & garlic zapped in a blender.

I do have another 5 from the batch in the freezer so will be giving them to my toddler but I won't be making them again.

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