Icelandic Fish Cakes (Fish Balls)

A traditional Icelandic dish.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 55 mins
8 servings


  • 2 pounds fresh cod fillets

  • 1 cup soy creamer

  • 1 medium red onion, chopped

  • 2 large eggs

  • 3 tablespoons potato starch

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

  • tablespoon vegan butter (such as Earth Balance ®), or more to taste

  • 1 cup water, or as needed

  • 1 splash dry white wine


  1. Break cod into pieces and place in a food processor with soy creamer, onion, eggs, potato starch, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper; process until evenly blended. Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

  2. Remove from the refrigerator and shape into balls (think crab cake size but thicker.)

  3. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add fish balls and saute on all sides until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Add 1/2 inch water to the skillet with wine. Cover, bring to a simmer, and cook until cooked through, about 10 more minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can use half-and-half in place of soy creamer, and real butter in place of vegan butter.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

166 Calories
4g Fat
7g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 166
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 171mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 535mg 11%

* 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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