Fiskekaker - Fish cakes made with cod or haddock


Fiskekaker, or fish cakes, are a traditional Norwegian dish made with cod or haddock. They are a popular comfort food and are often served with boiled potatoes, vegetables, and a creamy white sauce. In this article, we'll take you through the steps of making fiskekaker at home, so you can enjoy this delicious dish with your friends and family. 



For the fish cakes:

  • 1 lb cod or haddock fillets, skin removed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, for frying

For the white sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Step 1: Prepare the fish

Cut the cod or haddock fillets into small pieces and place them in a food processor. Pulse the fish until it is finely chopped, but not pureed.

Step 2: Make the fish cakes

In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, flour, bread crumbs, egg, parsley, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add the chopped fish and mix well. Form the mixture into small, flat patties about 2-3 inches in diameter.

Step 3: Fry the fish cakes

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the fish cakes and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until they are golden brown and cooked through.

Step 4: Make the white sauce

In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour until it forms a smooth paste. Gradually whisk in the milk, salt, and pepper, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens.

Step 5: Serve the fish cakes

Serve the fish cakes hot with boiled potatoes, steamed vegetables, and the white sauce on top.

Tips and Tricks

  • Feel free to use any white fish fillets that you prefer, such as tilapia or pollock.
  • You can use panko bread crumbs instead of fine dry bread crumbs for a crunchier texture.
  • If you don't have a food processor, you can finely chop the fish by hand with a sharp knife.
  • You can add additional seasonings to the fish cakes, such as garlic, onion, or lemon zest.
  • If you prefer, you can bake the fish cakes in the oven instead of frying them. Just place them on a greased baking sheet and bake at 375°F (190°C) for 15-20 minutes, or until they are golden brown and cooked through.
  • You can also freeze the fish cakes for later. Just place them in an airtight container or freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. To reheat, bake them in the oven at 375°F (190°C) for 10-15 minutes, or until they are heated through.


Fiskekaker, or fish cakes, are a classic Norwegian dish that are easy to make and delicious to eat. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a hearty and satisfying meal that your whole family will love. Whether you serve them with boiled potatoes and vegetables or on their own as an appetizer, these fish cakes are sure to be a hit. So next time you're in the mood for a traditional Norwegian dish, give fiskekaker a try – you won't be disappointed!

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