These kid-approved cod cakes are a fun and tasty way to enjoy fish. Serve it as an appetizer or main course. Kids love the easy texture and light flavor. As a bonus they are very allergy friendly: gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and nut-free. Obviously though, if you have a fish allergy then this meal is probably not the right one for you.
“So these are crab cakes?” My husband asked.
“No. As I already told you they are COD cakes.” I said. “Remember I made them before, I’m retesting them for my blog.”
“Oh, right. They are good.”
That was the conversation as we started our dinner last Sunday. The life of a food blogger’s husband! It was the third time I had made these cod cakes and I wanted to make sure they were just as good as the first and second.
These cod cakes were inspired by my Swedish cooking mom after she suggested I make them. Fish cakes may not be as popular as crab cakes here in the US, but in my opinion, they should be. You can, of course, use any fish, but cod and other similar white fish such as haddock and hake, tend to work really well.
I often buy fish at our local fish market. I prefer to buy it the same day I’m going to use it and since I’m just a 10-minute walk from the fish market, it’s easy to pick up fish while also squeezing in a short but energizing walk.
As you may have guessed from some of my other posts (Smoked Salmon Stuffed Hasselback Potatoes, Sheet Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs) I adore Yukon Gold potatoes, so that is what I made these with. But you could also make them with Russet Potatoes or if you want to go all super healthy you could try making them with sweet potatoes.
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Cod and other white fish provide a lean source of protein. They still have some omega-3 fatty acids, but not as much as fattier varieties such as salmon, tuna, trout, herring, and sardines.
Fish is a healthful food that many of us don’t get enough of. A good goal is to eat it 2-3 times per week. I try to serve fish for 1-2 dinners a week and I usually have it once a week for lunch. Because my kids may fall short on the recommended fish servings some weeks, I give them a daily omega-3 fatty acid supplement to make sure they are getting enough of this important fatty acid.
Kids, pregnant women, women who may get pregnant, and nursing moms should avoid fish that is higher in mercury, such as King mackerel, marlin, orange roughy, shark, swordfish, tilefish, ahi tuna, and bigeye tuna. All others should minimize their consumption of these fish. Chunk-light or skipjack canned tuna is a healthier alternative to regular tuna.
For more information: https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/UCM537120.pdf
Serve these cod cakes over a salad or on their own with a dollop of creamy herb sauce (recipe below). For kids, you can keep it simple if they prefer, with some raw sliced veggies on the side and a dipping sauce.
You could also make these cod cakes spicy, just add a little hot sauce and or some chopped jalapenos to the mix, but I prefer this mild, Scandinavian-style seasoning.
- 1 pound Yukon Gold or Russet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons salt + more to taste
- 1 pound Cod
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- ¼ cup chopped chives or scallions
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
- White or black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a reusable baking mat or parchment paper.
- Peel potatoes (you could leave the skin on too for extra fiber and nutrients). Cut each potato into 4-6 even pieces, place into a pot, fill with water, and boil until tender, about 15-20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, fill a shallow, wide saute pan or Dutch oven with about 2 inches of water. Add 2 tablespoons of salt and bring to a simmer. Add cod and cook for 3-4 minutes, covered, until opaque, Remove with a sieve and let cool.
- Drain and mash the potatoes, ideally with a potato ricer. Place into a large mixing bowl.
- Flake the fish and add that to the mixing bowl too.
- Next, add the parsley, chives or scallions, mayonnaise, and garlic powder. Stir until combined and season to taste with salt and pepper. (It's ok to taste as the fish is all cooked and there is no raw egg!).
- Form into patties and place on lined baking sheets.
- Bake for about 20 minutes and then broil for about 2 minutes, until browned on top.
Creamy Herb Sauce - Mix together plain yogurt or skyr with a smaller amount of mayo plus chopped fresh parsley, chives, and/or dill.
Sliced avocados, raw carrots, raw cucumbers, salad, lemon.