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Best Fish Cakes Recipe

Fish Cakes Recipe – This is truly the best fish cakes recipe, not only because it’s delicious but because it’s healthy and clean too. These fish cakes made with raw fish is a game changer!

Crab cakes have always been my husband’s absolute favorite seafood recipe. That was, until he tried this new fish cake recipe. We both agree, this really is the best fish cakes recipe either of us have ever had.

As a bonus, they are easier to make than all of the other recipes I researched and tested. I also can’t help but point out that fish cakes are substantially less expensive to make than crab cakes (this is the best crab cake recipe by the way!)

And even though they may not look (or taste!) like it, these fish cakes are completely inline with the anti-inflammatory clean eating guidelines.

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Secret to the Best Fish Cakes Recipe

While trying to come up with this recipe, I tested a number of other fish cake recipes. Many were very good, but some simply did not hold together. At all.

If there was one big secret to making this fish cakes recipe, I would have ton say it would be using raw fish. And if you have a food processor, it chunks up with just a few pushes of the pulse button.

An Easier & Better Way to Make Fish Cakes

Time after time the other fish cake recipes I tried called for cooking the fish first (this also adds an extra step!). Then, once cooked the recipes called for me to mix the cooked fish with the binding ingredients (egg, mayo, breadcrumbs, etc.).

I followed the directions exact and each time I had difficulty keeping my fish cakes together when I used cooked fish.

Then, I made my recipe using raw cod… and wow! Raw is the way to go!

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How to Make the Perfect Fish Cakes Recipe

What worked the best for me was to use raw wild cod and then follow these 4 simple steps:

  1. Shred the raw cod in a food processor.
  2. Mix the shredded raw cod with the binding ingredients.
  3. Use your hands to form fish cakes.
  4. Pan sear your fish cakes in a little organic unrefined red palm oil (red palm oil is a superfood oil, by the way) and then finish in the oven.
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Cleaned Up Ingredients for this Delicious Fish Cakes Recipe

As for keeping my fish cakes recipe clean, here’s what I did different than most recipes:

#1: Make Whole Grain Breadcrumbs

Instead of panko, saltines or processed breadcrumbs, I made my own breadcrumbs using whole grain gluten free bread. For this recipe, I used Canyon Bakehouse Whole Grain bread.

#2: Use Unrefined Superfood Oil

Instead of deep frying in a refined and pro-inflammatory oil, I lightly pan-seared my fish cakes in a heat-stable, unrefined superfood oil, Organic, Unrefined Red Palm Oil. I finished the fish cakes in the oven. If you don’t have red palm oil handy, you can substitute with unrefined coconut oil (doesn’t have the coconut flavor) or good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

#3: Hummus or Homemade Mayo Instead of Store Bought Mayo

I used hummus instead of mayonnaise and the fish cakes were still rich and creamy. Note: If you want to use mayo, you can make a healthy, unrefined version using this clean mayonnaise recipe. 

#4: Pasture-Raised Eggs

I used organic, pasture-raised eggs rather than conventional eggs. Our favorite brand is Vital Farms and they distributes their organic, pasture-raised eggs nationwide. 

#5: Use Wild Cod

I used wild cod rather than a farm-raised white fish. You can learn more about the best tips for choosing the healthiest fish. 

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Perfect Dipping Sauce for this Fish Cakes Recipe

Growing up, my mom made a simple recipe for homemade Tartar Sauce by mixing together Hellman’s mayonnaise and dill relish she canned from the garden.

If you love classic homemade tartar sauce, then you’re going to fall in love with the fresh dill and garlic for this Homemade Tartar Sauce recipe. Plus, we use clean mayonnaise and toss the soybean and canola oil one from the grocery store.


Best Fish Cakes Recipe

Make this Fish Cakes Recipe using raw wild caught fish for the best flavor. They are the tastiest and healthiest fish cakes you will eat!

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  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x


  • 1 cup whole grain gluten free bread, toasted and processed into breadcrumbs
  • 3 cups raw wild cod, about 1.52 lbs
  • 2 organic pastured eggs, whisked
  • 1/4 cup Spanish onion, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme or 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons hummus or mayo
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Stone ground cornmeal, for dusting
  • Organic red palm oil, coconut oil or EVOO for cooking
  • Homemade Tartar Sauce, for dipping


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set aside a large stone baking pans.
  2. Put the toasted bread slices in a food processor and process into crumbs.
  3. Put the cod pieces in the food processor and process until fish is shredded. Dump into a fine mesh sieve and push the excess liquid out of the fish. Set shredded cod aside.
  4. To a large mixing bowl add the breadcrumbs, whisked eggs, onion, thyme, lemon juice, hummus, Dijon mustard and salt. Mix ingredients thoroughly. Add in the shredded cod and mix well.
    • If your ingredients are too wet, consider adding another 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup breadcrumbs or leave in the fridge overnight.*
  5. On a large plate, add a dusting layer of stone ground cornmeal for the fish cakes to sit on. Form the fish cakes, using a 3 tablespoon scoop of the fish mixture. In your hands, gently squeeze the fish cake together just enough for it to come together. Slightly flatten the ball, and placed on the plate covered in cornmeal. Repeat until done. Then, dust a layer of cornmeal on top of the fish cakes.
  6. Place the plate in the freezer for 8-10 minutes until firm.
  7. Set a large 12″ ceramic skillet over medium-low heat and add a thin layer of oil to cover the bottom. When the oil is hot, cook the fish cakes in batches for about 3-5 minutes per side, or until light golden brown .
  8. Gently add the fish cakes to the large baking pans and cook in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until fish is cooked through. Serve warm with Homemade Tartar Sauce.

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*I have made this fish cakes recipe several times and if my fish is too damp, then I place the mixture into the fridge overnight. You can also try to dry the fish off with paper towels or wring the liquid out of the fish once it’s been processed.

© 2024 clean cuisine Recipe by:

Aimee Niedosik

Aimee loves to craft delicious, nutrient-dense recipes to share with her family and friends. While in remission from autoimmune diseases and underlying viruses, she still maintains an anti-inflammatory and anti-aging diet. Aimee is a Christian, website designer, autoimmune community leader and lives in North Carolina with her husband, 2 kids and 2 dogs.

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Aileen Alexander

Monday 18th of October 2021

I would love to make fish cakes with raw fish, could you suggest any substitutions for the bread crumbs? I can't have any grains.... crushed pork rinds maybe!?!? They look so delicious. Thank you.

Aimee Harris Niedosik

Monday 18th of October 2021

Oh Aileen, That sounds like a perfect idea. We actually have some pork rinds that I've been meaning to use as breading. If you try it out, keep me posted. Would love to know how it turns out and how much you would need to substitute for the grains!

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