Prawn & cod cakes

Prawn & cod cakes

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
Make the most of leftover mash with these superhealthy fishcakes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal333
  • fat14g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre2g
  • protein34g
  • salt1.47g


  • 250g cod loin, skinless and boneless



    A popular mild-flavoured saltwater fish mainly found in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Cod…

  • 175g cooked king prawns, chopped
  • 175g mashed potato



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

  • small bunch chives, snipped
  • zest 1 lemon, plus 1 lemon cut into wedges, to serve



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

  • 5 eggs, 1 beaten



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

  • 50g breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 200g green beans
  • 100g cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar


  1. Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. In a small saucepan cover the cod with cold water and gently poach for 3-4 mins until just cooked through. Remove with a slotted spoon and pat dry. Flake into a medium bowl with the prawns, potato and most of the chives, lemon zest and some seasoning. Shape into 4 even-size cakes and chill for 10 mins.

  2. Dip each cake in the beaten egg, then coat in the breadcrumbs, repeat with the remaining fish cakes. Brush each cake with 1 tsp of the olive oil, place on a roasting tray and cook for 25 mins, turning halfway through. Cook beans in salted boiling water for 3-4 mins, until tender, adding the tomatoes for the final min. Drain and toss through the remaining oil, vinegar and reserved chives, mashing the tomatoes lightly with a fork, season with some black pepper and set aside.

  3. For the poached eggs bring a shallow pan of water to just boiling, stir the water once or twice and crack in the eggs. Poach for 3-4 mins, then remove with a slotted spoon. Serve the fishcakes topped with a poached egg and garnished with the beans and a few wedges of lemon for squeezing over.

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Finola A
16th Apr, 2020
These are absolutely fantastic & I tend to be critical of fishcakes that I often think should be called potato cakes. I doubled the quantities, used salmon d cod, for seasoning I added sweet chilli sauce, chilli flakes, dill & lemon juice. I much prefer baking to frying so these were ideal, only issue was brushing with the olive oil as the crumbs came off, so in future I'd oil the roasting rack and spray the fish cakes. I used them as a dinner, the leftovers I used the following day and they were fab even when reheated. Will definitely be a regular meal in our house,
27th Jun, 2015
Made this tonight, we loved it! I took the advice about adding extra potato, and frying not baking, and used ordinary prawns not king prawns. I made more than just 4 cakes, as I thought the smaller size would cook better in the frying pan. Used oil seed rape, which seemed to give them a lovely golden colour. Served it with some sweet chilli sauce which complimented it beautifully. Will certainly be doing again.
14th Nov, 2012
My husband loves these. He uses double the quantity of potato though. He found that they keep their shape better when fried rather than baked in the oven.
21st Sep, 2012
So tasty! I agree about the comments on the consistency of the structure - so I added a bit of egg white and some bread crumbs to the mix. I aslo boiled a carrot with the potato for some flavour and colour and a few frozen peas in the mixture just to get a bit more veggies in. The result was spectacular and ever so healthy! Yum!
11th Sep, 2012
I added a little more potato and fried them as I was short on time (next time I will bake them). Really tasty and went well with the green beans and tomatoes. My toddlers wolfed them down too.
30th Apr, 2012
Fab recipe, added a little more mashed potato, and added small chunks of chorizo which just adds that extra dimension for me
1st Mar, 2012
Absolutely brilliant. Not difficult and a very tasty meal!
15th Jul, 2011
Lovely recipe, although I left out the prawns as I was making a quick dinner with the ingredients I had in. Easy, quick and very tasty!
11th Jul, 2011
made this meal today was lovely, had it with home made garlic mayo and wedges. i made the cakes in the morning and put in fridge till teatime, will defo do this meal again every one loved it
Frantic Flapjack
25th Oct, 2010
I added more potato to the mix after the above comments and they turned out really well and lovely with the poached egg on top. I think they kept their shape better by oven cooking them. My attempts at frying fishcakes often turn into fishy messes!


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