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Simple Salmon Fishcakes

These Simple Salmon Fishcakes were one of my Nan’s most celebrated recipes. Home comfort cooking at its best.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time3 hrs 50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Servings: 6 Fishcakes
Calories: 397kcal


  • 800 g potatoes
  • 75 g salted butter at room temperature
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 170 g wild skinless and boneless red salmon 1 tin
  • 2 tablespoons parsley leaves finely chopped
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 100 g gluten-free breadcrumbs
  • 75 g gluten-free plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil


  • Peel and quarter the potatoes then place in a large pan of salted boiling water.
  • Bring the potatoes back to the boil then simmer for 20 minutes until the potatoes are soft.
  • Drain the potatoes, then add them back into the pan with the butter. Add the white pepper then mash until the potato is incredibly smooth.*
  • Tip the mashed potato into a bowl and leave to cool for an hour then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours until the potato is cold.
  • Drain the salmon and mix into the cold potato and the parsley leaves with a fork until evenly dispersed.
  • Shape the fishcakes into patties of equal weight, about 125g, then place on a plate and put back in the fridge to settle for half an hour.
  • Arrange the flour, beaten egg and breadcrumbs into three separate bowls, then remove the fishcakes from the fridge and coat each fishcake; first with a light dusting of flour, then with the egg, then the breadcrumbs.
  • Pour the olive oil into a wide heavy based saucepan and heat until sizzling. Then turn the heat down to low.
  • Shallow fry the fishcakes in two batches, 5 minutes on each side, spooning some of the oil up the sides of the fishcakes to ensure they are golden all over, then place on kitchen towel to absorb the excess oil.
  • Serve the fishcakes with a light salad and plenty of brown sauce.
  • These fishcakes freeze very well so make a huge stash for emergencies and re-heat in the oven.


*If you use leftover mashed potato then these fishcakes come together in a snap. If you’re making the mashed potato especially for the fishcakes then you must wait for them to cool completely in the fridge as warm potato will fall apart when you’re shaping the fishcakes.
*I actually use a potato ricer for mashing my potatoes which ensures lump free and smooth mash without any gummy texture. To achieve this I place the salted butter into the saucepan and pass the potato through the potato ricer into the pan of butter, then give a jolly good stir into the butter once all the potato has been riced.


Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 415mg | Potassium: 662mg | Fiber: 5g | Vitamin A: 485IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 136mg | Iron: 5.2mg