Prep 35 mins
Cook 35 mins
Homemade fish cakes are so much better than the store bought ones. Give these a try and you'll never go back.
- 500 g potatoes, peeled and rinsed
- 350 g salmon fillets
- 1⁄4 chicken stock cube
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup
- 1 teaspoon anchovy essence (optional)
- 20 g butter
- 20 g flour, plus extra for dusting
- 100 ml milk
- 100 g young spinach leaves
- 2 tablespoons chopped dill leaves
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 lemon
- Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender.
- Drain, return to the pan and mash thoroughly without milk, butter or water.
- Tip the mash into a mixing bowl.
- Meanwhile, place the salmon in a suitable pan and cover with 300ml water.
- Crumble in the stock cube and add the bay leaf.
- Bring the water to the boil, reduce the heat and cook the fish for five minutes a side (10 minutes if the fish is totally immersed).
- Turn off the heat, cover the pan and leave for five minutes.
- Add half the fish (keep the stock to use later), the tomato ketchup and anchovy essence (if desired) to the potato.
- Season generously with pepper and lightly with salt.
- Mix thoroughly until smooth.
- Now flake the remaining fish and fold through the mixture.
- Form handfuls into eight regular-sized fish cakes or sausages, or 12 smaller ones, laying the fish cakes on a plate as you go.
- Chill to firm for at least 15 minutes and up to 24 hours (covered with clingfilm) in the fridge while you make the sauce.
- Melt the butter and stir in the flour until smooth.
- Discard the bay leaf and gradually add the hot fish stock, stirring constantly, as the sauce comes up to the boil to avoid lumps.
- Add the milk and cream.
- Reduce the heat and simmer gently for five minutes.
- Shred the spinach.
- Stir spinach and dill into the thick, creamy sauce.
- Cook for a few minutes until the spinach wilts.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning.
- Preheat the oven to 400F or 200 degrees C.
- Oil a baking sheet.
- Dust the fish cakes with flour, shaking off any excess.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan and, when very hot, fry the fish cakes for about five minutes a side until nicely crusty.
- Transfer to the baking sheet and cook in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Reheat the sauce and serve with the fish cakes, adding a wedge of lemon.