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Smoked mackerel and potato cakes

Created by SteveA

Smoked mackerel and potato cakes with peas and shallots. You can used tinned mackerel and left over mash for this for a quick easy evening dinner.

2 people
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Prep time
10 minutes
Cook time
10 mins


  • 400g mashed potato
  • 2 small fillets smoked mackerel (tinned in fine)
  • 1-2 cups peas (frozen are fine)
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • to taste salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or light olive oil)

Recipe Method

Mix the sliced shallots, peas, mackerel, mashed potato, egg and a tablespoon of the flour in a mixing bowl. Don't break up the fish too much, it's nice to get chunks of the fish rather than too smooth. Season well with salt and pepper.

Separate the mix into 2-3 balls, then gently compress these into patties ready to fry. Take the remaining flour and coat the patties with it, dusting any extra off.

Heat a frying pan to a medium hot temperature, then add the butter and patties. Fry for around 5 minutes till golden brown, then turn and fry for another 5 minutes.

Serve and enjoy with the dip of your choice e.g. aioli, tartare sauce or horseradish sauce :-)


Frozen peas are actually better in this, so they don't overcook (and are usually fresher having been frozen straight from picking)

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