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 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 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 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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    This is good recipe on the idea of cod fish cakes. But cod fish cakes are made with salt cod. They are made with the leftovers from a good meal of salt cod. Using fresh cod to make codfish cakes is practically sinful.

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  2. anita

    made them for dinner tonight. So delish!! my husband who is not a fish eater love the cakes too.


  3. Richard

    A nice addition is finely diced sauteed onion and celery. Adds a nice texture and taste to the cakes.

  4. Carl

    Outstanding! I used leftover Cod oven baked. Reminds me of fish cakes of my youth. Too much to fry all at once, (old widower living alone with 2 cats) but making patties and freezing them for another time.
    Bravo for a great recipe!


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