• Serves 4
  • Makes 12 patties
  • 15 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 4 Ingredients

If you want your kids to enjoy fish on a regular basis and prep it on the fly in a last minute dinner emergency, then don’t look past this simple recipe.

Not only is it quick but it just needs three core ingredients. These are perfect for parents that have toddlers and children with allergies as they are dairy, egg, nut and gluten free. Plus they're pretty healthy!

My boys will eat these served with homemade chips and steamed vegetables, but they also taste great cold in school lunch boxes.

Once you’ve tried the recipe a few times feel free to add some herbs like dill, chives or parsley, some capers and vegetables like sweet corn and broccoli. These can be made as simple or as gourmet as you like.

Ingredients (serves 4 | makes 12 patties )

  • 500g firm white fish (haddock, cod or pollock are good options)
  • 250g potato (about one large one)
  • 4 tablespoons tapioca flour (for a gluten free recipe, otherwise use plain flour)
  • Salt and pepper to taste and oil for frying


  1. Pop the fish, potato, flour and seasoning into a food processor to chop and combine all the ingredients. Alternatively finely chop the fish, grate the potato and mix together by hand with the flour and seasoning in a bowl.
  2. Bring both hands together and shape in 12 flat patties, then leave to chill in the fridge.
  3. Heat oil in a heavy-based pan over a medium-high heat. In batches of 4, cook the fish cakes for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until golden and crisp, then remove to kitchen paper to drain and serve.


Allergy information: dairy, egg, nut and gluten free. Contains fish.

  • I love a fish cake and these are simply so easy to make.


  • I love fish cakes (or patties) and this is a great alternative to what I make. Just wondering if the fish is cooked or raw. In an emergency I use a tin of tuna but much prefer to use fresh fish.


  • I haven’t had fish cakes in ages. Must make some this weekend.


  • Does it stay together? Is there any wet ingredients to help stick as optional extras without changing taste? I’ve tried heaps of fish cake recipes and they all crumble apart.


  • I might try this with tinned fish and I wonder if it would work if you mashed the potato first. I only have a nutri ninja and I’m not sure it could blend a hard potato.


  • Amazing…never thought about mixing it with potatos


  • Wow easy peasy. I’d use Pollock it’s delicious. Maybe sneak in some extra vegetables too. Yum!


  • Absolutely wonderful. I love the simple ingredients. Just wish I had a food processor to dice and chop. I’ll have to try combining in some other way.


  • I wonder if this would work with tinned fish like tuna or salmon?


  • Yum! A great way for the little ones to eat fish


  • Healthy recipe for all the family. Thank you.


  • A quick and easy recipe that tastes good!


  • Wow I love the sound of how easy these look!


  • This looks quick and easy and yummy for kids.


  • I think my two toddlers would love this next to some salad.


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