Feelgood fish cakes

Feelgood fish cakes

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(34 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4
These budget-friendly fish cakes made with canned sardines are packed full of good stuff

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal287
  • fat13g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein16g
  • salt0.67g
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  • 600g potatoes, cut into chunks



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 2 x 120g cans sardines in spring water, drained



    Sardines are named after the island of Sardinia, where they were once found in abundance. Found…

  • 4 tbsp chopped parsley



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • zest and juice 1 small lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 3 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 4 tbsp fat-free Greek yogurt (we used Total 0%)
  • 1 tbsp seasoned plain flour
  • 4 tsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • green salad and lemon wedges, to serve


  1. Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until tender, about 15-20 mins. Meanwhile, coarsely mash the sardines in a bowl (there’s no need to remove the calcium-rich bones as they are soft enough to eat). Mix in 3 tbsp chopped parsley and half the lemon zest and juice. Meanwhile, mix the mayonnaise and yogurt with the remaining parsley, lemon zest and juice and some seasoning.

  2. Drain the potatoes, then mash until smooth. Gently mix into the sardine mixture and season. Shape into 8 fat fish cakes using floured hands, then dust lightly with the seasoned flour.

  3. Heat half the oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry half the fish cakes for 3-4 mins on each side until golden and crisp. Keep warm; repeat with remaining oil and fish cakes. Serve with the lemony mayonnaise, salad and lemon wedges.

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30th Mar, 2013
Wasn't overly impressed with these, then again, I'm not a lover of sardines in general but thought I'd give them a go... I found them a little wet, which wasn't too much of an issue as I think I put a bit too much lemon juice in to be honest. The mayonnaise was really nice though and I can see that going with other fish recepies. I'll try this again but using different fish.
12th Sep, 2012
Delicious and went down a treat in our house. Will be making again and again, so cheap to do as well.
16th Aug, 2012
Absolutely delicious although a bit mushy. Will probably coat in breadcrumbs next time. The kids aged 2 and 1 loved them.
11th Apr, 2012
Tasted nice but had difficulty making them bind together. Although using sardines was very economical. Will make again
14th Mar, 2012
These were just ok
20th Feb, 2012
Very good recipe for easy fish-cakes that are not only tasty but cheap. I found I had to cook them longer than was stated but only by a couple of minutes more each side so nothing major. The consistency of the fish-cakes was good and using the cheap but strong tasting sardines is a great idea. The sauce compliments them brilliantly and was easy and quick to make.
8th Feb, 2012
I definitely didn't have the problem of the fishcakes being too wet, if anything they were a little dry, though I did use baking potatoes which are quite floury so that might have made a difference. I thought these were pretty good, nice cheap way of getting fish into your diet. I rolled in flour, then egg, then porridge oats before frying. I also added some crushed garlic and chilli flakes to the mix for a little more flavour. All in all very good.
16th Jan, 2012
i totally agree with fatty, mine were too wet and wouldn't fry. don't think i'll be making these again!!
29th Dec, 2011
I coated these with crushed crisps, which gave them some texture, as otherwise they are quite soft.
27th Sep, 2011
Was disapointed with these...found them wet and difficult to handle and not particularly interesting in taste...on the plus side the lemon mayonaise was good and they did have the advantage of being made entirely from the dregs of my very bare cupboad.


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