Cod Cakes with Spicy Sauce

Here is a great recipe if you are trying to get your children (or adult sized children :-)) to eat fish. The other ingredients mask the ‘fishiness’ of the fish. Feel free to substitute the cod for any flaky fish you may have on hand. Enjoy!  Alma

Cod Cakes with Spicy Sauce

  • 1 1b steamed cod or any other flaky fish you like
  • 1 large peeled, diced, steamed potato
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper (or 3/4 tsp ground pepper with a half -whole lemon squeezed)
  • 1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 TBS grated onion
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2/3 panko for breading
  • 3 TBS olive oil, one TBS butter for frying, may need more


In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the panko breadcrumbs and mash with a potato masher or fork

Stir in 1/3 of the breadcrumbs until combined.

Form into patties, about 3″ wide.

Place 2/3 cup breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl, dip each patty in — one at a time — and press down so that it’s covered on both sides with the crumbs.  Shake off excess.

In a medium sized skillet, preferably ceramic non-stick, pour in enough of the olive oil and butter to cover pan, about a TBS of oil and a tsp of butter.  Heat until hot.

Fry patties until browned on one side, flip and brown the other side.

Repeat , adding more oil and butter until all patties are crispy.  Serve with sauce (recipe below).  Makes about 12 patties


  • 1 TBS mayo
  • 1 1/2 TBS sour cream
  • 1/8 tsp spicy smoked paprika
1/8 tsp garlic powder


Stir in a small bowl until combined and chill.

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Alma Schneider, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Cooking Coach,
is founder of Take Back the Kitchen, LLC. Take Back the Kitchen is dedicated to helping people overcome common psychological and practical obstacles to being everything they hope to be in the kitchen.  Alma has been featured on the Today Show, TV Land and is a frequent contributor for CBS Alma has also written for Woman’s Day online and Parent Times Magazine.