The best salmon fish cakes

A fail-safe recipe for a speedy fish supper – flaked salmon flavoured with parsley, dill and some secret ingredients

  • Prep:20 mins
    Cook:15 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 506
  • fat 23g
  • saturates 3g
  • carbs 48g
  • sugars 2g
  • fibre 4g
  • protein 26g
  • salt 0.9g


  • 450g floury potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 350g salmon (about 3 fillets)
  • 2 tsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • zest ½ lemon, plus wedges to serve
  • 1 heaped tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 heaped tbsp chopped dill
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 100g dried breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil
  • salad, to serve


  1. Heat the grill. Place the potatoes in a pan of water, bring to the boil, cover and cook for 12-15 mins until tender. Drain and leave to steam-dry, then mash. Meanwhile, season the salmon and grill for 5-6 mins until just cooked. Cool for a few mins, then break into large flakes.

  2. Mix the potato, ketchup, mustard, zest, herbs and some seasoning. Lightly mix in the salmon, taking care not to break it up too much. Shape into 4 large fish cakes.

  3. Put the flour, egg and breadcrumbs in 3 shallow dishes. Dip the cakes into the flour, dust off any excess, then dip in the egg, and finally coat in breadcrumbs. Heat the oil in a large pan. Fry the cakes over a medium-low heat for 3-4 mins each side until deep golden and heated through. Serve with salad and lemon wedges.

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