If you want your kids to enjoy fish on a regular basis and prep it on the fly in a last minute dinner emergency, then don’t look past this simple recipe.

Not only is it quick but it just needs three core ingredients. These are perfect for parents that have toddlers and children with allergies as they are dairy, egg, nut and gluten free. Plus they're pretty healthy!

My boys will eat these served with homemade chips and steamed vegetables, but they also taste great cold in school lunch boxes.

Once you’ve tried the recipe a few times feel free to add some herbs like dill, chives or parsley, some capers and vegetables like sweet corn and broccoli. These can be made as simple or as gourmet as you like.

Ingredients (serves 4 | makes 12 patties )

  • 500g firm white fish (haddock, cod or pollock are good options)
  • 250g potato (about one large one)
  • 4 tablespoons tapioca flour (for a gluten free recipe, otherwise use plain flour)
  • Salt and pepper to taste and oil for frying


  1. Pop the fish, potato, flour and seasoning into a food processor to chop and combine all the ingredients. Alternatively finely chop the fish, grate the potato and mix together by hand with the flour and seasoning in a bowl.
  2. Bring both hands together and shape in 12 flat patties, then leave to chill in the fridge.
  3. Heat oil in a heavy-based pan over a medium-high heat. In batches of 4, cook the fish cakes for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until golden and crisp, then remove to kitchen paper to drain and serve.

Notes... Allergy information: dairy, egg, nut and gluten free. Contains fish.

  • An easy and not many ingredients recipe. I’m sure my children would really enjoy eating these as they love seafood and Fridays nights
    is seafood in our home.


  • Thanks for the easy recipe. Will be giving them a go. They look very yum.


  • Sounds great


  • Quick and easy. I love it !


  • Yumm! These sound very versatile…also a good way to get some omega 3 in the kiddies diets.


  • I regularly make these, they’re very popular in my home. I serve with mayo or tartare sauce and veggies. I don’t serve with potato as they already have potato in them


  • this is a great lunch box food. it would be something that my kids would eat and chips would be a good serving suggestion for home


  • I was just looking thru the recipes posted by all you wonderful cooks…..and came across this recipe, what a great, fast, easy, healthy meal. Thankyou once again……MoMs Cooks……10/10


  • These are so simple to create & would be great to put in lunch boxes, yes.


  • i think that this recipe is a great alternative to fish fingers. they sound awesome! cheers for sharing your idea


  • This looks great, I love how simple it is.


  • Super recipe for allergy folk that can eat fish. Easy and sounds awesome. thanks.


  • These are similar to a recipe I have used in the past (yet I can no longer find!).


  • My mum’s been making these since we were little. We catch our own fish and the kids eat plenty but only battered with loads of lemon. Mum’s patties were always great with a bit of lemon too.


  • Always love new quick healthy snack ideas! My omnivores will loveee.


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