Golden Fish Cakes Recipe
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Golden Fish Cakes Recipe

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Our family loves fish, so I've tried many recipes. I came up with this combination and it's been a hit at our house. It's outstanding served with corn bread.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound flaked cooked whitefish, cod or haddock
  • 1-1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Tartar sauce and lemon wedges, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 fish cakes equals 347 calories, 13 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 162 mg cholesterol, 922 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 27 g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine the first nine ingredients; mix well. Shape into 12 patties, adding additional water if needed; coat with the Italian bread crumbs. In a large skillet, cook the patties in oil for 4-5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Serve immediately with tartar sauce and lemon if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Golden Fish Cakes in Country August/September 1995, p51

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Aug. 12, 2014

"Mixture was a little too wet to form into patties but even though they didn't hold together well, they tasted great! I used leftover halibut from a meal of fish tacos."

Reviewed May. 31, 2014

"I just loved this recipe, I have been looking for a recipe for fishcakes and no one seems to be able to connect fish with cakes, but they were delicious. thank you."

Reviewed May. 21, 2013

"This was great"

Reviewed Apr. 5, 2012

"This wasn't bad although I had to add way more breadcrumbs to make it stick. If I do again I won't put any water in the mixture. Added parmesan and a bunch of other seasonings - I can just never resist! But they were somewhat of a nightmare to shape into patties and I felt like I had more of the stuff on my hands than got onto the skillet. I definitely don't think I'm a fishcake person. They tasted good though."

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"EXCELLENT! Used tilapia and added parmesan (per other reviewer's suggestion) and some dry bread crumbs to the fish patties before coating to get them to stick together better. Also used a mixture of cornmeal and italian bread crumbs for the coating. VERY TASTY!!"

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