Fish cake fingers

Fish cake fingers

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 40 mins


Makes 8
Put your aprons on and get kids cooking! These salmon and mackerel fingers will teach kids mashing, flaking and rolling skills

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving (fish cake and mayonnaise)

  • kcal371
  • fat21g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs28g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein17g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 800g floury potato



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

  • 2 skinless salmon fillets (about 250g), cut into chunks
  • 3 smoked mackerel fillets (about 140g)
  • zest 1 lemon, saving juice to serve



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

  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 3 eggs



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

  • 100g dried breadcrumb
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil, plus more if needed
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

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

To serve

  • 6 tbsp mayonnaise
  • lemon juice, from above
  • 1 small garlic clove, chopped (optional)
  • 200g frozen pea, cooked
  • few handfuls watercress



    With deep green leaves, and crisp, paler stems, watercress is related to mustard and is one of…


  1. KIDS: The writing in bold is for you GROWN-UPS: The rest is for you. Make some mash. Tip the potatoes into a pan of cold water and bring to the boil. Boil for 10 mins then lower the heat and drop in the salmon. Turn down the heat and simmer for about 3-5 mins more until the fish is cooked. Lift the fish onto a plate with a slotted spoon. Continue cooking the potatoes until soft, then drain. Tip the potatoes into a bowl and get your child to mash them.

  2. Flake the fish. While the potatoes cook, peel away the skin from the mackerel fillets and get your child to flake the meat into a small bowl – they can taste some at this point, if they like.

  3. Mix it all up. Add the lemon zest to the potato, and mash some more. Then add all the flaked fish and mix together well – don’t worry about breaking up the fish. If you want, divide the mix in half and add any grown-up ingredients at this stage. Leave until cool enough to handle.

  4. Roll out into long sausages. Lightly flour a surface and crack the eggs into a dish. Get your child to whisk them while you tip the breadcrumbs into another dish. Then ask them to divide the mash into eight and roll them on the flour into long, fat cylinders.

  5. Dip them in egg. Working methodically, roll the sausages carefully in the egg.

  6. Coat in crunchy breadcrumbs. Once the sausages are completely coated in egg, roll them in the breadcrumbs, making sure that they are well coated. The fingers can now be kept in the fridge for 2-3 days, or frozen for 1 month. To cook from frozen, Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Drizzle some olive oil over the Fish cake fingers and bake for 25-30 mins, until cooked through and golden.

  7. Get a grown-up to cook them. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the fingers in batches. Sizzle them for 8-10 mins, turning regularly until completely golden, then lift them out onto kitchen paper to drain. Keep them warm in a low oven while you cook the rest.

  8. Make a tasty sauce. While you are cooking the fingers, your child can mix the mayonnaise with the lemon juice and garlic – then get them to tip it into a small dish. Serve the fish cake fingers on a plate with the peas, watercress and some of the mayonnaise dip on the side.

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11th May, 2019
Easy to follow recipe, but messy with handling the fish, but worth making as they were delicious! Made 8, so froze half for another meal - result!
12th Feb, 2016
I'm assuming you need to peel and possibly chop the potatoes first? nothing is mentioned is this respect...
28th Feb, 2015
These do take a little while to prep, but my 8 year old son absolutely loves making and eating these! A word of advice - make plenty of the sauce, it's delicious!
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20th Sep, 2013
Can you do this fish cakes in the oven?
12th Feb, 2016
I'm assuming you need to peel and possibly chop the potatoes first? nothing is mentioned is this respect...
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28th Apr, 2016
Thanks for bringing this to our attention - yes you do peel the potatoes, peel and cut into even sizes. Sorry for any confusion.
4th Mar, 2014
Can these be frozen after they're done?
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18th Mar, 2014
Hi there. The fingers can be frozen once breaded for up to 1 month.
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