Recipe: Salmon Fish Cakes

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Salmon fishcakes with apple and carrot salad

How to make salmon fishcakes with an apple and carrot salad.

I can honestly say that fish cakes were the first traditional Norwegian dish I ever learned to make.

However, my first batch of fish cakes were made with cod not the salmon you’ll find in the recipe. Although Norwegian fish cakes are traditionally made with cod or a similar type of white fish I like to make mine with salmon instead.

Norwegian salmon is more flavourful and healthful than cod, especially if caught wild.

Try your hand at making these with your family or a group of friends. They are the perfect dish to make with others as forming and shaping the cakes can be delegated to one person and cooking them to another.

I enjoy the zing, crispness and freshness apple and carrot salad bring to fish cakes, so I’ve also included my recipe for it as an alternative to boiled potatoes or creamy cabbage which is also traditionally served alongside fish cakes.

Makes 12 small or 6 medium sized fish cakes

Ingredients: What you'll need

  • 500g (ca. 18 oz.) fresh fish filet, deboned and skinless
  • 30g (1/4 cup) potato flour
  • 10g (2 teaspoons) sea salt
  • 200 ml (3/4 cup) milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse on a medium speed until mixture becomes mostly smooth and consistent. Some fish chunks may remain but mixture should be relatively smooth in texture.
2. Wet hands with water, shape dough into patties and fry in a 50/50 mixture of butter and oil.
3. Serve warm and enjoy.

How to make the accompanying salad


  • 2 apples, grated
  • 4 carrots, grated
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt

1. Combine the carrots and apple in a medium sized mixing bowl.
2. Season to taste with freshly squeezed lemon juice, salt and pepper.

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About Whitney Love

Whitney Love is a cookbook author and blogger. She runs the English- language food blog Thanks For The Food where she documents her love affair with Norway through the lens of traditional and modern Norwegian gastronomy. She hails from Tucson, Arizona and currently lives in Stavanger, Norway. Get a copy of her FREE 20-page eBook The Ultimate Guide to Norwegian Cuisine.

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4 thoughts on “Recipe: Salmon Fish Cakes”

  1. Normaly in Norway we not juse cod to fishkake, but some do it!! We yous sei, and Hyse, And Salmon cake we do!!


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