Fish Cakes with Dipping Sauce

Fish Cakes with Dipping Sauce

Fish cakes are easy to make, and use common ingredients. They are one of my favorite ways to eat fish, and the boys will eat it too!

This recipe is almost straight from the 100 Days of Real Food book. It’s so simple, takes only about 30 minutes, and is a great way to eat fish. I don’t usually like fish, but I will eat it in a few ways, and this is one of them.

Honestly, I was a little unsure about this recipe when I first read it, but Justin wanted to try it, so we did. I also like that the ingredients are common ingredients that we almost always have on hand, so it’s a quick dinner to whip up if we forgot to take something out that day.

This is a meal that Justin always helps me with, because I am not great at making the fish cake patties, and he does it well, so that’s become his job. We’ve made this recipe a few times when friends or family were over, and they have all enjoyed it.


The dipping sauce is what makes this so good. It’s so simple, yet adds a lot of flavor to the meal. You can use any white fish, but I always prefer tilapia since it isn’t too strong of a fish. One day I will be adventurous and try it with another type of fish, but today is not that day.

Step by Step

Start by cooking and shredding the fish. I usually put the fillets in a skillet with a little bit of oil or butter and fry until they are cooked through. Then shred and place in a medium mixing bowl.

Fish Cakes with Dipping Sauce

Meanwhile, prepare the dipping sauce by combining all of the ingredients in a small bowl with a whisk. Cover the bowl and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Fish Cakes with Dipping Sauce

Once the fish has cooked, spread half of the breadcrumbs out on a plate. In a medium bowl, combine the shredded fish, eggs, onion, sour cream, lemon juice, mustard, salt, cayenne pepper, and the other half of the breadcrumbs.

Fish Cakes with Dipping Sauce

To make the fish cakes, grab a golf-ball sized handful of the fish mixture and squeeze it together. Slightly flatten it, like you would when making a hamburger patty, coat it in the breadcrumbs, and set it aside on a plate. Repeat this process until all of the fish mixture has been used.

Fish Cakes with Dipping Sauce

In a large saute pan, over medium heat, add a layer of oil to the pan, enough to cover the fish cakes halfway. Once the oil is hot, place a single layer of fish cakes into the pan and cook on each side until browned, about 3-5 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining fish cakes until all are cooked.

Fish Cakes with Dipping Sauce

Serve the fish cakes warm with the dipping sauce either on the side or top of the cakes.

Fish Cakes with Dipping Sauce

Recipe

Fish Cakes with Dipping Sauce

Fish Cakes with Dipping Sauce

Fish cakes are easy to make, and use common ingredients. They are one of my favorite ways to eat fish, and the boys will eat it too!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fish, sauce, seafood
Servings: 8 fish cakes
5 from 8 votes

Ingredients

Fish Cakes:
  • 1 lb white fish (such as tilapia)
  • 1 cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1 tbsp fresh onion (minced)
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • olive oil (for cooking)
Dipping Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp yellow mustard

Instructions

  • Cook the fish in a frying pan until white and flaky, then shred
  • Meanwhile, prepare the dipping sauce by combining all the ingredients then cover and refrigerate
  • Spread 1/2 cup of the breadcrumbs on a plate
  • In a large saute pan, over medium heat, add a thin layer of olive oil
  • Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, combine the shredded fish, eggs, onion, sour cream, lemon juice, mustard, salt, cayenne pepper, and the other 1/2 cup of the breadcrumbs
  • To make the fish cakes, grab a golf ball-sized handful of the fish mixture and squeeze it together
  • Slightly flatten the fish cake and coat the outside with the breadcrumbs on the plate and place on an empty plate
  • Repeat with the rest of the fish mixture
  • When the oil is hot, cook the fish cakes until brown, about 3-5 minutes per side
  • Serve fish cakes warm with dipping sauce
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Fish Cakes with Dipping Sauce
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27 thoughts on “Fish Cakes with Dipping Sauce”

  1. Fish cakes are my favourite but I haven’t tried combining them with dipping sauce before. It looks like a fantastic mixture. I’ll serve myself a dish!

  2. I grew up in Wisconsin, where Friday night fish fries were a must. It’s just what everyone did, so I grew up loving fish. These look like a yummy twist on the classic. I’ll have to give it a try.

  3. We eat fish at least 2-4 times a month and so to have a new sauce for it is awesome. I will definitely be giving this one a try!

  4. I love fish cakes and these look super simple. They are perfect for dipping, which my daughter loves!

  5. Although I am vegetarian, I like the layout of this recipe. It was easy to read, and I’m sure it would be easy to follow for those that decide to make the cakes!

  6. I love making new recipes and we make fish at least once a week. I’ve never tried to make a fish cake. This looks simple and delicious. I’ll have to try this next week.

  7. I love that your recipe uses ingredients that I always have on hand at home! I bet my kids would love these fish cakes, although they’d probably end up dipping them in ketchup lol

  8. I’m not a big fan of fish either, but my husband loves it lol. This looks like it wouldn’t be too fishy tasting with all those other flavors tossed in. I’ll have to try it!

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