|September 26, 2022


Soft, juicy, and mouthwateringly delicious, fish cakes are suitable for the whole family and can be served for lunch, dinner, or even as snacks in between! And because the recipe is so versatile, you can use almost any vegetable combination with these cakes as you wish!

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Fish cakes are an excellent way to include fish in your child’s diet. Generally speaking, fish recipes for kids should ideally involve some type of breading! Again, kids also need to be able to pick up the fish and hold it easily.

You can make fish cakes from many kinds of fish. For instance, you can make Korean fish cake, or if you have tuna, then you can go for tuna patties or tuna cakes. Then you have the salmon croquette, or you can have easy salmon patties if you have salmon fish at hand. Why you can even air fry salmons for delicious air fryer salmon patties! And if you’re buying canned/readymade patties, then you have the option of making salmon cakes with canned salmon fish patties.

Most picky and choosy eaters will tell you that they don’t touch fish! This is primarily because fish is usually perceived as having a difficult texture and being slimy to hold too. It’s usually very soft. Also, many a time, fishes have a strong flavor. For picky eaters, the fishing cake can send them running for cover!

As you’ll find in the fish cakes recipe below, the fish is pulverized before it is cooked which gives these fish cakes an even and consistent texture that is more of a picky eater’s speed. Breadcrumbs are also added in, which gives it a popular flavor and taste.

The reason this dish is called “fish cakes” is because they have mild, but highly palatable flavors for picky and choosy eaters like kids, for example. Additionally, fish cakes also have the necessary element of bread by way of breadcrumbs. The breadcrumbs get mixed in which allows them to look like patties with a fairly similar consistency to burger patties when served. And that’s a texture a lot of kids are used to. It’s also a texture a lot of picky eaters gravitate towards.


Soft, juicy, and mouthwateringly delicious, fish cakes are suitable for the whole family and can be served for lunch, dinner, or even as snacks in between! 

Print Recipe
  • Course - Main Course 
  • Cuisine - American
  •  Prep Time - 15 minutes 
  • Cook Time - 10 minutes 
  • Total Time - 25 minutes 
  • Servings - 5


For the Fish Cakes

  • 4 filets Cod (Tilapia or salmons also work perfectly)
  • ½ cup - Breadcrumbs
  • 1 - Egg
  • ½ cup - Parmesan cheese
  • ½ to ¼ - Of an onion
  • ¼ tsp - Pepper
  • ¼ tsp - Salt
  • 2 tsp - Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp - Parsley

For the Remoulade Dip

  • ½ cup - Mayo
  • 2-3 tbsp - Cocktail sauce
  • 2 tsp - Lemon juice

Cooking Instructions

  • Take a food processer/blender and put all ingredients for your fish cakes into it. Blend till mixed and the fish gets thoroughly minced. The mixture should have turned into a sticky paste consistency by now.
  • Scoop a handful of this mixture and pat them into small cakes.
  • Sauté the fish cakes in any non-stick skillet with either butter or oil till they turn light brown on each side.
  • Finally, whisk up all the ingredients for the remoulade dip. Serve with your fish cakes. Add cocktail sauce as per your preferences.

Tips for Serving Fish Cakes for Kids

  • If fish cakes are a new food for your child and they are usually very circumspect of, or tend to refuse new foods flat out, serve it with something you know they will love. 
  • Are you a carb lover? This fish cake works great with burger buns too, you can serve it as a fish burger, and even put a slice(s) of cheese on top. 
  • Use fun utensils or toothpicks to cut up the fish cake pieces. For kids, sometimes, this fun element can be all the motivation they need. 
  • Fish cakes can even be had with corn on the cob and diced zucchini, but then sides of rice or even pasta work perfectly well, too!


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