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.

  • Such a great idea and kid friendly!


  • Very good and very easy thanks


  • I’ve made something like this but have used egg to keep together. Will definitely be trying this recipe as well


  • I generally use tinned salmon to make fish cakes. I don’t generally use a potato so will give it a try next time. So easy to make and I find by using tinned Salmon they can be whipped up very quickly as that go to meal served with a salad or vegetables.


  • I use a similar recipe using tinned salmon or tuna – the kids loved it. Thanks for sharing and reminding me about it.


  • So much easier then the mash potatoes ones to make.


  • These sound so simple and would be easy to change the flavours to accommodate any age/tastes. Will try these over the next couple of days.


  • These sound delicious, definitely going to try them with the kids but maybe add a couple extra flavours (herbs and spices) or even trying them with sweet potato might be nice.


  • These sound nice and easy to make and you could probably add a few extra ingredients (herbs and spices) to add some extra flavour.


  • 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


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