Trout Patties


I came up with this recipe for trout cakes because I have two avid fishermen in my home and plenty of trout to cook. The homemade cocktail sauce is optional, but it goes well with the patties!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs



  • aluminum foil

  • 3 pounds skinless, boneless trout fillets

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

  • ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped

  • 3 large eggs

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning

  • ½ cup vegetable oil for frying, or as needed

Cocktail Sauce:

  • ¾ cup ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place a piece of aluminum foil large enough to wrap trout fillets into a 9x13-inch baking dish.

  2. Start the patties: Place trout fillets on the foil in the prepared pan; drizzle butter and lemon juice over trout. Fold the aluminum foil and seal the edges to enclose trout in a packet.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 1 hour.

  4. Meanwhile, make the cocktail sauce: Mix ketchup and horseradish together in a small bowl until well combined. Refrigerate until needed.

  5. Finish the patties: Remove trout from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Flake fish into a large bowl. Add bread crumbs, onion, and celery; mix to combine.

  6. Whisk eggs, mayonnaise, and lemon-pepper seasoning together in a small bowl until blended. Add to trout mixture and mix until combined. Form mixture into 12 patties.

  7. Heat 1/4 inch oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, fry patties until deep golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

  8. Serve patties with reserved cocktail sauce.


You can substitute salad dressing (such as Miracle Whip) for the mayonnaise if preferred.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

234 Calories
10g Fat
9g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 234
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 122mg 41%
Sodium 410mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 8mg 40%
Calcium 100mg 8%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 661mg 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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