These cod cakes were inspired by my Swedish cooking mom after she suggested I make them. Cod cakes may not be as popular here in the US as crab cakes, 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.Pin

Kid-Approved Cod Cakes

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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. 

These nordic-inspired cod cakes are gluten-free, kid-friendly, and dairy-free. Perfect as an appetizer or light lunch or dinner. Pin

Dinner is Served

“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.” Added my husband.

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 nordic-inspired cod cakes are gluten-free, kid-friendly, and dairy-free. Perfect as an appetizer or light lunch or dinner. Pin

Swedish Inspiration

These cod cakes were inspired by my Swedish 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.

Potatoes Please

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.

These cod cakes were inspired by my Swedish cooking mom after she suggested I make them. Cod cakes may not be as popular here in the US as crab cakes, 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.Pin

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Hälsa Tips

Fish

Cod and other white fish provide a lean source of protein. While they still have some omega-3 fatty acids, it’s 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. For example, I try to serve fish for 1-2 dinners a week and I usually have it once a week for lunch. If your kids fall short on the recommended fish servings weeks, consider giving them a daily omega-3 fatty acid supplement to make sure they are getting enough of this important fatty acid.

Mercury

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 lower in mercury alternative to regular tuna.

For more information on fish and mercury refer to this FDA site.

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Plating

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.

Additionally, 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.

Allergy Notes

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free. If you need to make them egg-free, be sure to use vegan mayonnaise.

Cod Cakes

Maria Adams
These cod cakes are a delicious way to serve your family fish. The light flavor and texture of the cake make them easy for kids to like and eat. Serve them as an appetizer or as a light lunch or dinner over a salad. Delicious and truly Nordic with a creamy dill or parsley yogurt sauce on the side, but you could also try soy or hot sauce.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch
Cuisine Dairy-free, Gluten-free
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound potatoes Yukon Gold or Russet Potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons salt or more to taste
  • 1 cup cod
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives or scallions
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise vegan if you need egg-free
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • white or black petter to taste

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

Serving suggestions: 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.
Keyword cod, Egg-free, kids, mercury

 

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