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irish fish cakes

a recipe by
Ellen Gwaltney Bales
Indianapolis, IN

This recipe is very easy and very versatile. Almost any kind of fish can be used according to your preference. If you happen to have leftover mashed potatoes, so much the better--and quicker. Recipe: Photo:

serves 4
prep time 15 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For irish fish cakes

  • 6 md
    potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 or 4
    fish filets, your choice
  • 1 Tbsp
    finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon juice - or - zest from one lemon
  • 3 Tbsp
    all purpose flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1
    egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/2 c
    rolled oats - or - quick-cooking oats
  • 3 Tbsp
    canola oil

How To Make irish fish cakes

  • 1
    Place the cubed potatoes in a large pot of boiling water, to which a pinch of salt has been added. Bring potatoes to a second boil and reduce heat. Cover and cook about 20 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside to cool.
  • 2
    While potatoes are cooling, prepare the fish. Place fillets in a medium sized skillet and cover them with water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then simmer until fully cooked, about five to ten minutes. Drain fish and set aside.
  • 3
    Add 1-2 Tbsp. butter to the potatoes and mash thoroughly. Once mashed, add parsley and lemon. Mix well. Flake the cooked and drained fish into the potato mixture and thoroughly combine. Add 3 Tbsp. flour and mix well.
  • 4
    Using floured hands, form fish mixture into 1-inch thick patties and place on floured surface.
  • 5
    In a shallow bowl beat 1 egg and 1 tsp. water together. In another shallow bowl, add oats. Dip each fish cake into the egg, coating it well. Then dip into the oats, again coating well.
  • 6
    In a large skillet, heat 3 Tbsp. oil. Cook fish cakes in the oil for about 8 minutes on each side until they are a golden brown and heated through. Serve warm.