Although this recipe calls for cod, you could just as easily use turbot, haddock, tilapia, basa, hake, or another variety. It will affect the flavor of the fish cakes a little but most fish works in this recipe and if you see something on sale then grab it and use that. The result will be almost the same but cost a lot less to make.
These lovely little treats are flavored with parsley and onion, and they also contain potatoes an egg to hold them together. The patties are pan-fried to give the outside a delicious golden brown color and introduce some crunch. Pan-frying also means you can keep an eye on them and see when they are done.
It is important to let the tartar sauce sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour before you use it. If you taste it as soon as you have made it and then again after an hour or so, you will be quite surprised at how the taste mellows out and improves. Once you have found out how easy it is to make tartar sauce you will never want to buy the bottle kind again.
- 1 lb chopped cod filets
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 peeled, halved large potatoes
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon grated onion
- 3 tablespoons oil, for sautéing
- Fresh parsley sprigs and lemon wedges, to serve
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 or 2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional)
- 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
- 1 tablespoon minced onion
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- First make the tartar sauce.
- Stir the mayo with the onion and relish.
- Stir in the lemon juice (if using) and season to taste with salt and black pepper.
- Chill for at least an hour in the refrigerator.
- Boil the potatoes in a pot of water until almost tender.
- Add the fish to the pot and cook until the potatoes and fish are cooked through.
- Drain well and transfer the mixture to a bowl.
- Mash in the onion, egg, parsley, and butter, and then shape the mixture into patties.
- Heat the oil in a skillet over a moderate to high heat.
- Fry the patties on both sides until they are golden brown, then drain on paper towels.
- Serve them with the tartar sauce on the side.
- Garnish with fresh parsley sprigs and lemon wedges.
This simple yet excellent recipe shows you how to transform some simple ingredients into a mouthwatering dish. Make the patties as large or as small as you like. The cooking time will increase a little for the larger ones but not by much. Smaller ones would work nicely as appetizers and larger ones are better if you are serving these as the main dish. Pair them with fries or rice, as well as perhaps a tossed salad or a serving of broccoli or green beans. Making your own fish cakes is really easy, and if you spot some fish filets on sale it is a great way to make an economic dinner for the family too.
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