3 Ingredient Fish Cakes

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 fish cakes genuinely taste and smell like your humble fish and chips…just healthier and you don’t need to get in to your car to get it. They also taste great cold so they make a perfect protein in school lunch boxes.

Once you’ve tried it a few times feel free to add some herbs like dill, chives or parsley, some capers and vegetables like sweet corn and broccoli. Make them as simple or as gourmet as you like. Enjoy!

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3 Ingredient Fish Cakes

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes


12 patties


  • 500g Skinless cod, haddock or Pollock (any firm white fish)
  • 1 large potato (about 250g), peeled
  • 4 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • Seasoning
  • Organic sunflower oil (or coconut oil)


  1. Pop the fish, potato, seasoning if using and flour into a food processor to chop and combine all the ingredients. Alternatively finely chop the fish, grate the potato and mix together 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.

Recipe Notes

Suitable from 12 months onwards.

Allergy information: Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Soy Free. Contains fish.

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  1. Neha on April 23, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    How much fish do I use in this recipe?

    • Sharon Selby on September 12, 2020 at 7:55 am

      It’s 500g of skinless cod, haddock or pollock fillets ideally from wild caught fish. xx

  2. Bib on March 27, 2021 at 3:45 am

    Do I need to cook the fish first?

    • Sharon Selby on May 25, 2021 at 3:38 pm

      Hi Bib. No you don’t. Thats the beauty of this recipe. Its so quick and easy! Tastes great too.
      Sharon xx

  3. te-hsin on May 30, 2021 at 5:47 am

    should the potato be raw when i shred it?

  4. Christina Thompson on September 6, 2021 at 5:21 am

    Can I use sweet potato? Nightshades bother us here so no potato or egg

    • Sharon Selby on September 6, 2021 at 10:04 am

      Hi Christina, You could definitely try that. I would suggest adding less and upping the flour and sweet potato can be more mushy than regular potato. You may also find baking the sweet potato will yield a better outcome than steaming or boiling as it will extract more moisture. Sharon xx

  5. Katie on November 30, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    Hi Sharon, should the potato be precooked?

    • Sharon Selby on November 30, 2021 at 4:53 pm

      No. The beauty of this recipe is everything goes in uncooked. Cook on medium heat so it cooks through before it browns on the outside. So delish! Enjoy. Sharon xx

  6. Jamie on March 14, 2022 at 3:21 am

    Thoughts are cooking in the air fryer? And what kind of seasoning are you using?

    • Sharon Selby on March 19, 2022 at 9:49 pm

      Hi Jamie. Never used an air fryer so cant comment. No other seasoning other than salt and pepper. You could definitely add spices and herbs for extra flavour. Sharon

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