Fish Cakes

Herby fish cakes or small bites, as canapes for Gluten Free, Low Calorie and Paleo diets.

The herbs provide moisture and flavour to these fish cakes, so select a firm fish (it need not be expensive).

The idea for these originated from my mother’s cooking. She used to make what the family called ‘green patties’. Perhaps the name was a spinoff from a childhood with Dr Seuss and his “Green Eggs and Ham”. They were tasty, meat-based rissoles that were packed full of herbs, giving them a green colour. She used whatever herbs were in her garden. Likewise, I recommend you use a selection of seasonal herbs. Depending on your choice, you may wish to change the other flavours; you may add fennel seeds with dill or chilli with coriander, for example.

These fish cakes have no cereal or beans to bind them; so, make small-sized pieces so they do not fall apart.

Diets for which Fish Cakes is suitable:

Suitable for Diabetic, Dairy Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Nut Free and Paleo.


Preparation: 10 mins | Cooking: 10 + 10 mins | Serves: 4 (as a meal)

8 spring onion tops*
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed (optional, not F)
2 cups chopped herbs
500gm (1lb) firm white fish, eg tilapia
2 tbsp ginger, chopped
1/2 lemon, zest
1 lime, zest**
1 egg (not Egg Free see notes)***
1/2 tsp salt or 2 tsp GF tamari
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tbsp sesame seeds (not NF)****

Lemon wedges, to serve


HEAT 1 tbsp oil in frying pan over a medium heat.
SAUTÉ the onion tops and garlic for 5 minutes (they will become soft and translucent).
ADD the herbs and cook for 2 minutes.
CUT the fish into very small pieces. (You can use a food processor; however, keep some texture, ie do not purée the fish.)
MIX the fish, herbs and onion tops, ginger, lemon and lime zest, salt, pepper and egg.
SHAPE into cakes and roll in sesame seed (particularly if not using egg.)
HEAT 1 tbsp oil in frying pan.
ADD cakes, flatten slightly with the spatula and fry for approximately 2 minutes on each side. (They should be lightly browned and cooked through.)
KEEP warm if you are frying a second batch.


– With wedges of lemon.
– Delicious with nectarine and onion salsa, and with watercress salad.
– Shape into small balls, cook and serve as canapé or starters.


* Substitute with the whole spring onion or shallots (not for Fodmap diet).
** Substitute with mint.
*** Substitute with 1-2 tbsp of flour (not Fodmap, Gluten Free or Paleo diet) or corn flour (not Paleo diet).
**** Sesame seeds add a crisp coating (not Nut Free).

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