Salt Fish Cakes

SaltfishCakesA few days ago I asked my followers on my Facebook fan page what recipes they would like to see on this blog in the future.   So I made a list of your request and I’m making my way through it one by one.  Saltfish CakesI’ve been a slow with posting requests in the past because I tend to not plan ahead and cook what I’m in the mood to eat at that moment.   What recipes would you like to see on my blog in the future?  I will do my best to get to your requests!  Saltfish Cakes

First up is Salt Fish Cakes.   These are very simple to make and can be eaten on their own or with a nice bowl of dhal and rice.   I ate mine with a salad.

Saltfish CakesThere are different versions of Salt Fish cakes throughout the Caribbean, some with potato and some without.  This is the version that my mom made and this is what I now make.   Enjoy!


Salt Fish Cakes

1 lb salted cod fish, soaked overnight to remove salt

1 large potato

½ medium onion, finely chopped

2 scallion, finely chopped

10 sprigs thyme, leave removed from stem then finely chopped

A small handful of cilantro, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

½ wiri wiri pepper, finely chopped

1 egg

Oil for frying

Yield: 10-12

**The thyme, garlic, cilantro and scallion can be replaced with 2 ½ tbsp green seasoning

Peel the potato and cut into cubes and place in a pot with cool water and then cook until soft.   Strain, then mash using a fork until there are no more lumps.

Using a fork, flake cod fish into fine bits.   You can also pulse it a few times in a food processor to speed up the process.

Next add codfish, mashed potato, 1 egg, onion, scallion, thyme, cilantro, garlic, pepper in a large bowl and mix to combine.   Place a heaping spoonful of mixture into your palm and form a patty.   Set aside, then repeat with the remaining mixture.

In a frying pan over medium low fire, place enough oil so that it’s approximately ½ inch deep.   The oil should be enough to come up halfway the side of the salt fish cakes.  When oil is hot, add salt fish cakes and fry for 5 minutes per side until golden brown, turning once to make sure the other side gets brown.   Remove from the oil and let drain on a plate lined with paper towel.   Serve warm.


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  1. Melly
    January 28, 2013 / 3:45 pm

    Just made these with dhal and rice and they are absolutely perfect. So simple and easy as well.

  2. JehanP
    January 28, 2013 / 5:53 pm

    Wow Melly, that was fast! Glad you enjoyed it.

  3. January 29, 2013 / 8:42 am

    Looks delish!!

  4. January 31, 2013 / 10:19 am

    We used green seasoning once in a batch of rice and beans, and it was so good. Loved the flavor (and spice) it added. That would be nice in this fish cakes too!

  5. JehanP
    January 31, 2013 / 12:16 pm

    I use green seasoning alot in my cooking as it’s an easy way to add flavor.

  6. Lisa
    May 13, 2013 / 3:49 pm

    Can you bake them as we’ll?

  7. JehanP
    May 15, 2013 / 1:38 pm

    Yes, these can be baked but I would probably roll it on bread crumbs and spray it with cooking spray to help it brown.

  8. June Kelly
    June 22, 2013 / 8:16 am

    Hi Jehan. Can I use cod filets that have not been salted?

  9. JehanP
    June 23, 2013 / 3:52 pm

    June, you can use fresh cod but you will have to add salt.

  10. June Kelly
    June 26, 2013 / 5:11 am

    Thanks so much. I’m going to make them as an appetizer. I’ll let u know how they came out. I would have much rather used salt cod but couldn’t find any.

  11. Andrea
    July 2, 2013 / 7:27 pm

    Your recipes are amazing, Jehan. It’s impossible getting real recipes and measurements for Guyanese and West Indian food. These fish cakes were delicious as written. Please write a cookbook! 🙂

  12. Natasha
    September 17, 2013 / 7:04 am

    Just made these last night per your recipe. Needless to say, they were phenomenal. Thank you!

  13. MT
    June 7, 2015 / 6:41 pm

    This recipe was very easy to follown and my family loved the fish cakes. Keep up the great work.