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Salmon & sumac fishcakes in a baking dish

Salmon & sumac fishcakes

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
  • Easy
  • Makes 4 fishcakes

Spiced, herby and gloriously crunchy, these salmon and sumac fishcakes are a wonderful lunch or starter with a simple watercress salad

Nutrition: Per serving


  • 250g floury potatoes (such as Maris Piper), cut into chunks
  • 1 tbsp whole milk
  • 250g skinless, boneless salmon fillets
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 20g parsley, finely chopped
  • 20g dill, finely chopped
  • 20g cornichons, finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2½ tsp sumac
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 60g plain breadcrumbs
  • 200ml vegetable oil
  • watercress, to serve


  • STEP 1

    Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the potatoes for 10 mins.

  • STEP 2

    Meanwhile, warm the milk over a medium heat in a saucepan until just simmering, this will take a few minutes. Remove from the heat, add the salmon and cover with a lid.

  • STEP 3

    Drain the potatoes in a colander, then put the colander on top of the empty pan to steam for 5 mins.

  • STEP 4

    Remove the salmon from the milk, reserving the milk. Add the lemon zest and juice, parsley, dill, cornichons and spring onions to the milk along with the sumac. Tip in the potatoes and roughly mash, then add the salmon, breaking it up into chunks, and mix everything together with some seasoning.

  • STEP 5

    Tip the flour into a wide, shallow bowl, the beaten egg into another and the breadcrumbs into a third bowl. Using your hands, shape the salmon mixture into four fishcakes. Dip each fishcake into the flour to lightly coat, shake off any excess flour, then dip into the egg, and finally the breadcrumbs. Transfer to a plate.

  • STEP 6

    Pour the oil into a large, non-stick frying pan ensuring it is no more than two-thirds full, and set over a high heat. The oil is hot enough when a breadcrumb dropped in turns golden in a few seconds. Fry the fishcakes for 2-3 mins on each side until golden and serve with the watercress.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2021

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