Carolina Fish Cakes


These fish cakes are great with tartar or cocktail sauce or a simple squeeze of fresh lemon or lime. For a change of pace add a bit of chili powder, cilantro and jalapeno or a teaspoon of Cajun spice. Nice served with boiled red potatoes and a spinach salad. This recipe has two cooking options: you can fry the cakes or bake them -- it's up to you!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
12 fish cakes


  • 3 cups water

  • 2 potatoes, peeled

  • cup minced onion

  • cup chopped green bell pepper

  • cup red bell pepper, chopped

  • cup chopped celery

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 3 ½ cups cooked cod, boned and flaked

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning TM

  • ¼ teaspoon mustard powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • ½ cup milk

  • ½ cup dry bread crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease two baking sheets. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and mash. Reserve 1 cup mashed potatoes; discard remainder.

  2. In a large saucepan, saute onion, green and red bell pepper and celery in butter over medium high heat until tender. Turn heat to low and fold in flaked fish. Slowly mix in flour, cheese, Old Bay seasoning, dry mustard, salt, pepper, mashed potatoes and milk. Mix gently but thoroughly. Remove pan from heat.

  3. With floured hands shape batter into cakes 1/2 inch by 3 inches. Coat with breadcrumbs.

  4. If you are baking the fish cakes bake them for 10 minutes, flip the cakes and bake another 15 minutes until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

251 Calories
6g Fat
26g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 251
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 561mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 25mg 124%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 665mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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