Spicy Haddock Fish Cakes with Aioli

February 21, 2012

Fish cakes, crab cakes, both remind me of beach vacations. Seashore restaurants, seafood take-outs, cold beer, tartar sauce, sun. It’s not summer yet, and I know that back-painfully well; after shoveling the snow from our driveway yesterday, the car still got stuck, and later on we stacked a cord of firewood. But guess what I felt like eating in spite of all the ice and snow? Hint: check the title of this post. I wanted summery fish cakes; classic ones made with mashed potatoes. Crab cakes tend to be more popular in general, but fish cakes, when done correctly, are just as tasty and rewarding. They’re also cheaper to make! Now I’ve got everyone’s attention.

Serve these with with a squeeze of lemon and a cold beer. As a side, we ate them with a Spinach Salad. Also, if you’ve never made mayonnaise, now’s your chance.
ps: You’ll probably be left with some mashed potatoes, keep them for next day’s lunch.


Spicy Haddock Fish Cakes

• 500 g of haddock (3-4 fillets)
• 4 medium potatoes
• 1/4 cup white wine
• 1 bunch green onions, finely chopped
• 1 small bunch parsley, finely chopped
• juice of 1/2 lemon
• a dash of hot sauce or sambal
• salt + black pepper

Preheat oven at 350°F.
First off, you need to do some mashed potatoes and cook your fish.
In an oven pan put your fish with the wine, a dash of oil and salt.
Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, peel, cut and boil the potatoes until tender. Drain, mash and salt.
Let the fish and mash potatoes cool down for about 10 minutes.

In a bowl, mix the fish with about 2 cups of the mashed potatoes, the green onions, parlsey, lemon juice, hot sauce, salt and pepper. If the mixture seems to loose, add a bit of flour. Form 16 little patties of about 2″ in diameter.

Heat some oil in a large pan. Non-stick does the job best for these but you can use a traditional pan and put more oil. Cook the cakes a couple at a time. Don’t overcrowd your pan. After 2-3 minutes flip them gently, they are delicate. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Repeat the process for all the fish cakes.

Yields 16 fish cakes.


You could use olive oil only for this, but I think the flavor is too strong. What I do is half olive half sunflower.

• 2 egg yolk
• 1 cup olive/sunflower oil
• 3 tablespoons lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
• 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
• pinch of salt

I like to use a measuring cup to make mayo, it’s deep and doesn’t splash everywhere.

With a hand mixer, blend the yolks, mustard, half of the lemon juice and the salt. Then add the oil in drizzles, little by little and never stop mixing.
Once all of the oil has been incorporated you’ll have a nice, thick mayo.
Add the rest of the lemon juice and the garlic.
It will keep for a couple of days in the fridge.

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Eggton February 21, 2012 at 11:38 am


Throwing green onions at things is my new go-to move, for some reason. I am obsessed with them at present.

So three cheers for these. They look delicious. Also, I love the texture of that table or slab or whatever you’re taking photos on.


cjdelgrosso February 21, 2012 at 11:51 am

This looks awesome. Now I know what I am going to do with my forzen haddock this weekend!

Thanks for the recipe!


k.m. February 21, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I have to admit to being partial to crab cakes (I am from Maryland, after all!), but fish cakes give them a run for their money. The dash of hot sauce is genius, I can’t wait to try these.


Rosemarie February 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Just finished dinner- C’était délicieux

Merci Bryan! R


frugalfeeding February 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm

One of the best posts I have ever seen, and I’m not just saying that. These are entirely up my street and sounds delicious. It also happens that aioli is my favourite dip. Awesome!


Sue/the view from great island February 23, 2012 at 8:09 am

I love fish cakes…I usually use salmon or cod and don’t use potatoes, so I am anxious to try your recipe. Your photos are lovely.


cjdelgrosso February 23, 2012 at 8:43 am

Reblogged this on The DelGrosso Food Blog and commented:
This weeks reblog is a delicious lenten dish from The Bite House. Job well done!


Christopher DelGrosso February 26, 2012 at 11:38 am

I have to tell you that I made these last night for dinner and they were DELICIOUS! I used Sriracha instead of the sambal and I made a chipotle aioli. They were tremendous! Thanks again for the recipe!


Karen February 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm

The fish markets in New Hampshire always have fresh haddock and these fish cakes will make a nice evening meal soon.


Jozy February 1, 2013 at 8:43 pm

We made these a couple of nights ago and they were very good! But we didn’t put enough hot spices in, unfortunately, but next time 😉
We had them the day after as well and my boyfriend reckon they were even better the second day? Haha!


Bryan February 2, 2013 at 10:33 am

Could very well be! A few things are always better the next day.


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