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4.6 from 5 votes

Classic Fish Cakes

Pull up a chair and enjoy a serving of these wonderfully flavorful fish cakes with homemade tartar sauce!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 283kcal
Author: Kimberly Killebrew


  • 2 large potatoes (about 2 cups mashed), diced, boiled and drained
  • 1 pound white-fleshed fish, COOKED (cod, haddock, pollock, halibut, flounder)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry ground mustard
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • (Gluten-free use GF panko breadcrumbs)
  • oil for frying
  • Homemade Tartar Sauce


  • Place all ingredients, except for the breadcrumbs, in a large bowl and mash until thoroughly combined.
    Form the mixture into 8 equal patties and roll them in the panko breadcrumbs.  (You can make smaller patties if you prefer.) Refrigerate the patties for at least 30 minutes or until they've firmed up.
  • Heat some oil in a non-stick pan and fry the patties on each side for 3-4 minutes until lightly browned, being careful not to overcrowd the pan.
  • Serve immediately with our BEST homemade tartar sauce!


  •  To save time, cook the fish and potatoes in advance then mash the ingredients together when you're ready to make the fish cakes.
Serving: 2fish cakes | Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 741mg | Potassium: 1296mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 665IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 7mg