Cod Fish Cakes


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).

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Cod Fish Cakes Recipe

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


  • 1 pound of cod fillets
  • 2 medium-sized Russet potatoes
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Extra virgin olive oil or canola oil


1 Boil and mash the potatoes, set them aside.

2 Simmer the codfish in water to cover until it flakes easily. 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 breadcrumbs.

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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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Sarah

    Can I freeze them once the raw egg is in ? As in can just freeze the fish cakes before frying, then defrost (for how long??) and then fry?

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  2. Lisa

    These were great! I used some leftover ling cod for the recipe. I boiled some new potatoes and pureed them with about 1/2 c of onion and lemon juice instead of using the mashed potatoes. I also used dill instead of parsley. I will definitely make again.


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  3. LeeSah

    I added the ingredients listed, but I also added green onions and lemon juice, oh I voided they parmesan cheese. Allowed mixture to set over night, baked instead of frying. Served with a side salad. Amazing recipe


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  4. Donna Z

    I used frozen haddock steaks and garlic powder. I also used 2 eggs and 3/4 bread crumbs. There were delicious and a hit. Will definitely make again.


  5. GM

    Great for all the family


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