Cod Fish Cakes

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Delicious cod fish cakes with fresh cod fillets, potatoes, bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan, garlic, and egg.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Preparation time: 40 minutes. Here is a delicious way to use up leftover fish or mashed potatoes. I made my first cod fish cakes after catching my first lingcod (which isn’t actually cod by the way, but it still worked fine).

Cod Fish Cakes Recipe

  • Yield: Makes 12 fish cakes, serves 4-6


  • 1 lb of cod fillets
  • 2 medium-sized russett potatoes
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Grapeseed oil, or other high smoke point oil such as canola oil, for frying


1 Boil and mash the potatoes, set them aside.

2 Boil the codfish until it flakes easkly. Drain and flake the fish with a fork. Be sure to remove all bones.

3 Mix the flaked fish, the potatoes and the rest of the ingredients together well by hand. If the mixture is too crumbly, add another egg. If too sticky, add some more bread crumbs.

4 Form the mixture into cakes and fry them on medium high heat in a skillet coated with oil, until nice browned on one side, then flip them over and continue to cook until well browned on the other side.

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  • Sara

    This was a fun recipe to use up leftover cod fillets from another night’s dinber. I’m creative with my breadcrumbs: I used 2/3 cup dried & baked chickpeas and 1/3 cup gold fish crackers. I also used the suggestion or recommendations to use mashed potatoes, plus 1/2 T. Old Bay Spice & 2 T veggie oil. It a delicious patty! Thanks!


  • Brad Knecht

    I made your recipe with filleted bluegills and was applauded by family and friends. Thanks for sharing your expertise!

  • Brian M. Juliano

    I’m getting ready to make codfish cakes,substituting the potatoe with turnips , I’ll let you know how the turned out, one other thing ,not fried but baked !freah herbs dill, curly parseley,lemon basil, wish me luck…

  • Brian

    Tried this recipe with 6 walleye fillets 1 package Idaho roasted garlic potatoes no cheese dried parsley made lemon dill sauce awesome supper

  • tom landshof

    I used a cup to form patties and then inverted on a platter

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