Salmon fish cake on a plate with lemon wedges and salad

The best salmon fish cakes

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(55 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4

A fail-safe recipe for a speedy fish supper - flaked salmon flavoured with parsley, dill and some secret ingredients

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze uncooked

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal506
  • fat23g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs48g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre4g
  • protein26g
  • salt0.9g


  • 450g floury potatoes, cut into chunks



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

  • 350g salmon (about 3 fillets)



    With its delicate, sweet flesh and wide availability, salmon is one of the most popular fish.…

  • 2 tsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • zest ½ lemon, plus wedges to serve



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

  • 1 heaped tbsp chopped parsley



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

  • 1 heaped tbsp chopped dill
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 100g dried breadcrumb
  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • salad, to serve


  1. Heat the grill.

  2. Place 450g floury potatoes, cut into chunks, in a pan of water, bring to the boil, cover and cook for 12-15 mins until tender. Drain and leave to steam-dry, then mash.

  3. Meanwhile, season 350g salmon fillet and grill for 5-6 mins until just cooked. Cool for a few mins, then break into large flakes.

  4. Mix the potato, 2 tsp tomato ketchup, 1 tsp English mustard, the zest of ½ lemon, 1 heaped tbsp chopped parsley, 1 heaped tbsp chopped dill and some seasoning. Lightly mix in the salmon, taking care not to break it up too much.

  5. Shape into 4 large fish cakes.

  6. Put 3 tbsp plain flour, 1 beaten egg and 100g dried breadcrumbs in 3 shallow dishes. Dip the cakes into the flour, dust off any excess, then dip in the egg, and finally coat in breadcrumbs.

  7. Heat 4 tbsp sunflower oil in a large pan. Fry the cakes over a medium-low heat for 3-4 mins each side until deep golden and heated through.

  8. Serve with salad and lemon wedges.

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2nd Jan, 2018
A bit off subject but if you need an oven and don't have space take a look at halogen ovens. Since I've had one (6 years now) I've not used a conventional oven. Small, clean, quick and cheaper
1st Sep, 2013
Fab recipe, turned out really well although didn't have any chopped parsley so used coriander and added some red pepper for spice. Trying to fry the fishcakes were a bit difficult, especially as I made the thicker fishcakes - will try oven them next time.
5th Apr, 2013
Easy, tasty and loved by children.
14th Mar, 2013
I also used the oven rather than the frying pan, and it worked well. I had no fresh Dill so I substituted Tarragon, which still provided the slight aniseed kick. Excellent recipe, which I will make again, and again.
18th Feb, 2013
best fishcakes ive ever made. Delicious!
30th Dec, 2012
I made mini fish cakes as a starter for Christmas Day. I divided the mixture into 12 and served the fish cakes with creme fraiche to which I added lemon zest and salt. They were a hit with all the family including my young sons.
14th Nov, 2012
To make it a little healthier I baked mine in a pre-heated oven @ 200 degrees C for 20 mins. Great recipe


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