Creamy salmon & dill fishcakes

These make a great dinner party starter or lunchtime dish, perked up with a fresh horseradish yogurt

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:40 mins
    plus at least 1 hr chilling
  • Serves 4
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Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 884
  • fat 51g
  • saturates 20g
  • carbs 72g
  • sugars 11g
  • fibre 3g
  • protein 31g
  • salt 1.2g


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 80g unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 80g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp Sherry or vermouth
  • 500ml semi-skimmed milk
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • a little freshly grated nutmeg
  • zest ½ lemon plus 1 tbsp juice
  • 200g salmon, flaked into large pieces
  • ½ bunch dill, finely chopped
  • salad, to serve
  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 150g breadcrumbs (panko if you can get them)
  • oil, for frying
  • 2 tsp horseradish sauce
  • 6 tbsp full-fat Greek yogurt


  1. Heat the oil and butter together over a medium heat in a saucepan and add the shallot. Fry for a few mins, then add the flour and stir until you have a thick paste. Stir in the vermouth or sherry. Gradually add the milk, stirring all the time over a low heat until you have a smooth, very thick sauce (a similar consistency to mashed potato). Add the cayenne, nutmeg and lemon zest, season to taste, then remove from the heat. Stir in the salmon, dill and lemon juice. Spread the mixture over a plate (to speed up cooling), cover and chill for at least 1 hr.

  2. To make the fishcakes, put the flour, beaten egg and breadcrumbs in three separate bowls. Scoop a large spoonful of the fishcake mixture (each spoonful should weigh around 115g) and roll lightly between oiled hands to form a ball or roll, before flattening lightly. Drop into the flour to coat, followed by the egg and then the breadcrumbs.

  3. Heat enough oil to cover the base of a large frying pan. Shallow-fry the fishcakes over a medium-low heat in small batches for 5-6 mins on either side or until golden brown and crispy. Drain on kitchen paper.

  4. For the horseradish yogurt, stir the ingredients together in a bowl until smooth and season with a little salt. Serve the fishcakes with a dollop of the yogurt and a fennel salad.

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