Simple fish cakes

These yummy fish cakes look gourmet, yet unbelievably easy to make! Crunchy, but no dipping or coating required! These are gluten-free fish cakes without potatoes, flour, or breadcrumbs- all these are replaced by a single ingredient!

simple fish cakes with yogurt dip

Quick and easy fish cakes with the right amount of crunch and spice paired with a simple homemade cashew yogurt sauce are the ideal comfort food you need to perk up your mood on a cold day. Perfect as an appetizer or main course with a salad, this simple recipe for fish cakes can easily become your favorite EVEN if you don’t feel great about fish. And don’t forget to add them to your party menu!

This recipe makes about 20 fish cakes that serve 5 as an appetizer or 3 as a main course accompanied by a pasta salad or a spicy quinoa dish like the 3 bean Mexican quinoa.

simple fish cakes with yogurt dip

Fish cakes without potatoes

I’m not against potatoes, but fish cakes made with potatoes tend to be too potato-ish, totally enveloping the dish. You want fish to be the hero here, right? So do away with potatoes in this recipe.

Love potatoes? Try the potato croquettes with cheese.

Do you hate fish, yet want to try eating it because of its health benefits? Or you want to start eating fish and don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place. These fish cakes have the right amount of seasoning and don’t taste or smell “fishy” at all. So HEALTHY, so TASTY!

Health benefits of fish

  • One of the healthiest foods on the planet, fish has numerous evidence-based health benefits. It is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and a rich source of Vitamins D and B2.
  • Other nutrients include high-quality protein, iodine and various vitamins and minerals, being rich in calcium and phosphorus, along with iron, zinc, iodine, magnesium and potassium.
  • That’s why eating fish may lower your risk of heart attacks and strokes. It is also essential for the development of the brain and eyes.
  • Regular consumption of fish is known to reduce the decline in brain function due to aging, prevent and treat depression, reduce the risk of autoimmune diseases, prevent the risk of asthma in children, protect your vision in old age and may improve sleep quality.
  • And what more, fish is delicious and easy to prepare!
simple fish cakes with yogurt dip

What makes these easy fish cakes special?

  • The unique seasoning with onions, tomatoes and simple spices is the secret behind this healthy fish cake recipe.
  • The other secret ingredient is oatmeal. It plays the role of 3 ingredients: flour, breadcrumbs and potatoes and makes the fish patties crunchier and tastier. Since oatmeal doesn’t have a distinctive taste of its own, it brings out the flavor of the fish, which is not the case when potatoes are used.

What fish do I use for these healthy fish cakes?

I’ve used Spanish Mackerel here, but these fish cakes are so versatile, they can be made with salmon, tuna, cod or any other fish.

how to make these simple fish cakes?

Do you get intimidated when you think of dipping in flour, brushing with egg wash, coating with breadcrumbs, etc, etc.? Don’t be. Here you just boil the fish, prepare the seasoning with onions, tomatoes, spices and herbs and mix together with egg, oatmeal and cilantro. Shape the mixture into patties and shallow fry. Done!

simple fish cakes with yogurt dip

Homemade healthy cashew-yogurt sauce

Once you make this recipe, you’ll realize the yogurt sauce is yet another reason that makes these fish cakes special. A simple dip made of Greek yogurt, lemon juice and finely chopped cashews and cilantro, it elevates an already delicious dish to an awesome one.

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simple fish cakes with yogurt dip

Simple fish cakes

These yummy fish cakes with homemade yogurt sauce look gourmet, yet unbelievably easy to make! Crunchy, but no dipping or coating required! These are gluten-free fish cakes without potatoes, flour, or breadcrumbs- all these are replaced by a single ingredient!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Shallow frying 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer, dinner, LUNCH, Main Course, Party food
Cuisine Indian
Servings 20 fish cakes
Calories 115 kcal


  • 700 gms fish fillet or steak Mackerel or any flaky fish
  • 1/4 cup instant oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 egg


  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 1 tomato finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder or cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped

yogurt dip

  • 1 cup plain yogurt- 1 cup
  • 10 cashews finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • salt and pepper


  • Cook the fish fillet with salt in a large pot of water. Once the water starts boiling, let it simmer for 5 to 10 minutes depending on the thickness of the fillet. Remove from heat, cool and separate the flesh from bones and skin if any. Dry the flesh on paper towels. Transfer to a mixing bowl and mash well.
  • Prepare the seasoning mix: Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a pan, saute the onions, minced ginger and garlic. After 5 minutes, add the tomatoes and saute until they are cooked and mushy. Add all the spices and salt and mix on low flame until you get an almost dry consistency. Turn off the heat.
  • Cool the mixture and add to the fish along with egg and cilantro. Dry-grind the oats coarsely (to the texture of breadcrumbs) and add to the mixture. Mix well.
  • Shape the mixture into about 20 lime-sized balls and flatten them into rounds. Heat the remaining oil in a pan and shallow-fry the fish patties on medium heat, turning them over until you get a uniform golden brown tint.

Yogurt dip

  • Whip together all the ingredients and serve with the fish cakes.



  1. Ensure that the mixture for the fish cakes is firm. If not, add an additional teaspoon of oatmeal. 
  2. For this recipe, you don’t need much oil to fry the fish patties, since most of the ingredients are either already cooked or ones that cook fast.
  3. Make-ahead option: The fish cake mixture can be frozen up to a month ahead or refrigerated for about a week. Allow it to reach room temperature before frying.
  4. Who says the fish patties have to be round? You can use cookie cutters to make different shapes or do your own shapes by letting your imagination run wild. Perfect as an appetizer for kids’ parties.
Simple fish cakes
Keyword easy, fish cakes without potato, healthy, recipe for fish cakes

This recipe was originally published in December 2017 and has been updated with new photos to give you an awesome experience!

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