Fish Cakes With Herbed Sauce (German)

READY IN: 42mins
Recipe by twissis

Continuing my recipe quest thru *Modern German Food* by Roz Denny, this recipe intrigued me. Iceland is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, so seafood abounds & we often eat fish cakes (usually made w/white fish, salmon, tuna or crab). *Fischfrikadellen mit gruner Sauce* in German, this recipe uses white + smoked fish fillets & then compliments them w/an equally intriguing herbed sauce. I have not made this, but it will be on my cooking agenda after our return from the U.S. in mid-Nov. *Edited to Add* on 4/3/08 -- I have made this recipe now, modified the sauce slightly to add some flavor zip & added a note below the prep Re a substitution that works well. *Enjoy* !

Top Review by mksmith

This was good, especially the sauce. My cakes may have been a bit thick, so they didn't get as crunchy as I'd hoped. I will keep it but I will need to get the hang of it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  • 2 potatoes (peeled)
  • 1 onion (divided per Prep Step #1)
  • 255.14 g white fish fillets (skinned & bones removed)
  • 255.14 g smoked fish fillets (skinned & bones removed, may use shrimp as I did & see Note below)
  • flour (sml amt for dusting)
  • canola oil (for shallow frying)
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper

  • 56.69 g mixed herbs (See note Re Herb Mix)
  • 59.16 ml Quark (or sub cream cheese)
  • 29.58 ml milk
  • 29.58 ml mayonnaise
  • 9.85 ml mustard (sweet variety)
  • 4.92 ml lemon juice (or 4-6 drops Tobasco)
  • 2 eggs (hard-boiled & roughly chopped)


  1. Coarsely grate potatoes & squeeze out all excess moisture. Coarsely grate onion. Add half the onion to the potatoes & reserve the other half for the sauce.
  2. Chop fish fillets roughly, place in a food proc w/some freshly ground black pepper & whizz to a smooth paste.
  3. Combine fish paste w/the potato/onion mixture & add salt as desired, remembering the smoked fish provides a salt component. Shape mixture into 8 rd cakes & set aside.
  4. Wash out the food proc & make the sauce by blending your chosen herbs till finely chopped (See note below Re Herb Mix).
  5. Add remaining sauce ingredients + reserved grated onion & pulse to a slightly chunky puree - not smooth as it should have some texture. Taste sauce, add salt & pepper as desired, transfer to a bowl & set aside.
  6. Dust fish cakes lightly w/flour. Heat oil to a depth of 1/2-inch & fry cakes (in 2 batches as needed) for about 3 min on ea side over med-heat. Drain on paper towels & reheat oil to cook 2nd batch. Serve fish cakes w/sauce & a fresh tomato salad.
  7. RE HERB MIX: (Quoted from recipe) "Choose from parsley, chives, chervil, dill, marjoram, sorrel, coriander, basil, tarragon, borage, lovage, rocket or baby spinach. Use the more pungent herbs sparingly.".
  8. NOTE (Added 4/3/08) ~ When I made this dish, I unexpectedly found myself w/o smoked fish to use -- so I subbed Icelandic baby shrimp & it worked very well. If you make the recipe using this sub, I advise adding 1 tsp (or more as desired) of Old Bay Seasoning to the fish cake mixture.

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