Family Friendly Oven Baked Fish Cakes


Feeding the family can be challenging at times  becoming a dreaded chore. One doesn’t like carrots, while the other hates those little green trees, but there is one vegetable that most kids seem to all love and that’s mashed potato. The creamy buttery mash is a definite winner with my boys and as much as they do like other veggies whenever mash in on the menu they tend to cheer a big yesssss and give a fist punch with excitement. Not the most healthiest vegetable in the world and as much as I’d rather them eat their little trees and rabbit food, on occasion I don’t mind making it for them when I’m in no mood to play repetitive counting games with ridiculous songs of enthusiasm after a long day.

I decided to make the good old mash a little nutritious with adding some cooked flaked fish mixing it with some other flavourings and coating them with breadcrumbs then moulding them to make crispy patties and wa-la you have a crispy oven baked ball of mashed potato with the added goodness of fish. Giving  kids some omega 3 in their diets is very important in the development of growing children as I mentioned before. Served them with a salad and ha they ate them with no fuss and no annoying naming games either. Mum- 1 fussy kids- 0

Note: If your kids dry reach at the sight of little green things then I suggest to leave the herbs out. You can add some corn or peas to the mix too if you like also.

Crispy Oven Baked Fish Cakes

  • Servings: makes 12
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500g potatoes, peeled and cubed

500g firm white skinless fish or salmon

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tbsp butter

1/3 cup milk

1 tbsp lemon rind

2 tbsp lemon juice

4 green onions sliced

1 cup parsley chopped

2 eggs

salt and pepper

4 cups panko breadcrumbs

2 tbsp olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 200’C
  2. Boil potatoes in a small saucepan of boiling water until tender
  3. Drain thoroughly and mash with a fork or masher
  4. In a large bowl place mashed potato, butter, milk, garlic, lemon rind, lemon juice, green onions, parsley, eggs, salt and pepper to taste and 1 cup of the breadcrumbs mix to combine, set a side
  5. In a medium frypan on high heat add 1 tbsp oil place fish pieces into the pan and cook for 2-3 mins on eat side until cooked through. Season with salt and pepper
  6. Let fish cool and flake into small pieces making sure there is no bones. Then add to the potato mixture and fold through
  7. Place the rest of the breadcrumb into a bowl and Shape potato cake mixture into 1/4 cup size round  patties and press into the breadcrumb coating each side well.
  8. In a large baking dish place 1 tbsp oil then the potato cakes. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes until golden and crispy, turning over half way through.
  9. Serve with some tartare sauce and a squeeze of lemon, a fresh green salad or you favourite vegetables to accompany.

Note: If your kids dry reach at the sight of little green things then I suggest to leave the herbs out. You can add some corn or peas to the mix too if you like also.










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