Fishcakes Italian style

Fishcakes Italian style

By 08/02/2012

I love fish: it is healthy, light and nutritious and we should all eat more of it. I make a trip to my fishmonger about twice a week.
If I feel lazy I just buy a fillet of white fish like cod or haddock, cover it in tinfoil and put it in the oven. A squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of olive oil will make it simply delicious.

Today I did buy a couple of fillets but I fancied something more "filling" as it is so cold outside! I made these fishcakes, a great favourite for children and grown ups too. They are made with potatoes, breadcrumbs (possibly homemade, the packaged ones smell like dirty old socks!), fish, garlic and lots of parsley. Serve with a green salad and you have a meal fit for a king!

  • Prep Time : 50 minutes
  • Cook Time : 1 hour minutes


Peel the potatoes and cook them for 30 minutes until soft.

Put the fish in a pan, cover with the lid and cook for 10 to 15 minutes until soft. When it is cooked mash it with a fork and remove any bones.

cooked fish

Chop the parsley and the cloves of garlic; drain and mash the potatoes and add to the fish. Add salt and pepper, 2 tbsp of grated Parmesan cheese, eggs and 5-6 tbsp of breadcrumbs. Mix all the ingredients well together. You need to reach a consistency that's not too wet. If it is then add more breadcrumbs.

add eggs, parsley, potatoes, garlic, breadcrumbs,Parmesan

combining ingredients

With your hands shape the fishcakes into small balls and roll them into the breadcrumbs

making fishcakes

Heat some oil in a pan and when hot fry the fishcakes until golden.

frying fishcakes

Serve with lemon wedges, a green salad and white wine like Pinot Grigio.

fishcakes italian style

fishcakes Italian style

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21 Responses to Fishcakes Italian style

  1. ramya

    looks so Yum…I'm drooling!Fish is my absolute favorite too.

  2. Catherine

    Dear Alida, These fish cakes sound delicious. They cannot be compared to store bought. Homemade is always better and much healthier. Blessings my dear, Catherin xo

  3. Marina

    Oh, I love fish. I feel like should live on a shore… Great post. I forgot about fishcakes, haven't cooked it in a long time. Thanks for reminding me.

  4. PolaM

    those fishcakes look great! I bet they taste even better!

  5. Elpiniki

    These looks amazing! Great presentation too!

  6. Nina

    My family loves this fish patties very much! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. vimwac

    Fish cakes! Home made fish cakes are so much better than those frozen fish sticks at the grocery store. These look so delicious. : )

  8. Elvira Coot

    Mi piace questo pesciolino impanato!! 🙂 Davvero carino come idea.Mi sembra di aver capito che hai anche un blog in italiano giusto?? Se mai anche in inglese mi piace tantissimo 🙂

  9. Pegasuslegend

    This is exactly how my grandma made them, she was from Rome Italy, I usually cant find haddock and use the cod, even tuna works well, delicious! Yours are perfect in color too love this one thanks for sharing and reminding me I got to make them maybe even tonight!

  10. Rita

    I want to make these and I will this week; they look so tasty good.Rita

  11. due bionde in cucina

    Hello, nice to meet you!I love fish and you have very tasty recipe.I follow yousabina

  12. La cucina di Molly

    Che bella presentazione! Mi piacciono molto queste polpette di pesce, devono essere squisite!Ciao

  13. All That I'm Eating

    I love fishcakes, it's been ages since I've made any. Thanks for the reminder!

  14. Gloria

    Love this recipe, love fish too!

  15. seanymph

    Oh Im going to have to make these. I love fish and I think my bf would love these. 🙂

  16. Carmen Anderson

    Oh these fish cakes look so delicious! I love fish cakes, and i will definitely going to try this recipe!

  17. Sue Olivant

    As I had no white fish to make this dish, I used fresh tuna, lemon rind, homemade pesto sauce plus all the other ingredients and gave it a quick whizz in a blender, added the mashed potato and it was surprisingly delicious! It made one tuna steak and one baking potato go a long way – made six cakes!
    Love Sue xxx

    • Alida

      Sounds delicious Sue! Your homemade pesto must add lots of flavour indeed. Great tips thank you x

  18. Nancy Marie

    Your fishcake recipe was the closest I could find to my mother’s with all the classic ingredients – Italian cheese, fresh parsley, garlic, bread crumbs, potato and, of course, fish! I substituted hake for the cod or haddock as it flakes so easily, making mixing a breeze. The fishcakes were delicious and brought me back to my childhood!

    • Alida

      That is lovely to hear. Yes, this is really a classic one and you can use any white fish you like!

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