I’ve made a couple different varieties of fish cakes before – salmon, cod and tilapia – but this time I wanted to try a New England style cake using haddock. I had bought two fillets of haddock a couple weeks ago while at Costco and needed to use it up because it was taking too much space in my freezer. I decided against just broiling it, knowing my kids would turn their noses up. I knew if I could get them to eat it by making it into a cake and then pan-frying it.
This recipe was easy to make, it’s a little longer than I would usually spend on dinner during the week but I’m currently off a couple days before starting my new job on Monday, so I had some extra time. My kids both gobbled it up and my husband raved about it. Success! I prefer cocktail sauce with my fish cakes, while my husband likes tartar sauce – they’re both great regardless of which on you prefer!
1.5 pounds haddock fillets, skin removed
1 1/2 – 2 cups breadcrumbs (I used a mix of Italian style and plain panko)
1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
3/4 Tbsp dried basil
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Chop the fish into two inch chunks and pulse in a food processor until the fish is broken down into smaller pieces. Transfer the pureed fish into a bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Mix until combined.
In the bottom of a Dutch oven, heat about a tablespoon of canola oil over medium-high heat. While the oil is heating, use a ice cream scoop to make small fish cakes. Flatten slightly before carefully placing in the hot pan. Allow to cakes to cook on one side for 5 minutes and then flip over to cook for an additional five minutes. Once cooked, removed from the pan and place on a paper-towel lined plate. Repeat with the remaining mixture and add additional oil if necessary.
Adapted from: Tasty Kitchen