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Simple switches: Fishcakes


Fishcakes are a great, easy way to turn fresh, tinned or leftover fish into a hearty meal. There are lots of ways you can keep them on the healthy side, too. 


  • Use any fresh fish you like, ideally from a sustainable source. Cod, haddock or salmon work well.  
  • Try tinned salmon for a quick and fuss-free option. It contains plenty of omega-3 and counts towards your two recommended portions of oily fish per week. Using a fork, mash the salmon well, including the small bones for extra calcium, then mix with your other fillings.
  • For extra texture and flavour, add peas, onion and garlic to your filling – this will also up your fruit and veg intake.
  • Try adding some Tabasco sauce, chopped parsley or capers for extra taste.


  • Use a little beaten egg for binding and shape your patties for cooking.
  • Coat them with a little wholemeal flour and, on a medium heat and with a non-stick frying pan, use some low-calorie oil spray or a small amount of olive, sunflower or rapseed oil to cook your fishcakes through.
  • Use a sweet potato for your spud. Boil or mash it – no need to add milk and butter – and allow to cool before adding to the fish.  
  • Fishcakes are great paired with plenty of fresh salad or seasonal vegetables.
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