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Salmon Fish Cakes

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Serving size 4


  • 350g Salmon
  • 300g Mashed Potato
  • 600ml Semi Skimmed Milk
  • 20g Butter
  • 1 Finely Chopped Onion
  • 3 tbsp Chopped Parsley
  • 1 Beaten Egg
  • 1 tbsp Capers
  • 50g Flour
  • 250g Homemade Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp Cracked Black Pepper
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil


  1. Place the fish and the milk into a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Turn the heat down to a gentle simmer and poach the fish for a further 5 minutes until tender.
  2. Using a slotted spoon remove the fish from the milk and discard any bones or skin. Flake the fish into a bowl.
  3. In a frying pan “sauté” the onion with a drizzle of olive oil until lightly colored but soft.
  4. Add this to the fish and also the potato, parsley and capers. Take care to stir gently so that the fish remains as flakes. Season with the pepper.
  5. Divide the mixture into 8 even sized balls and place them onto a lightly floured table.
  6. Using a palate knife shape the balls into small cakes ( size of a small hockey puck).
  7. Dip the cakes into the beaten egg, ensuring it gets completely coated, then place into the flour, back into the egg and finally into the breadcrumbs. At each stage the cake must be evenly covered.
  8. Place them into a fridge to set up.
  9. To cook them heat a frying pan with the Olive Oil.
  10. Add each cake and fry for 3 minutes either side before serving.

Learning Outcome 1: Children have a strong sense of identity
Learning Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world
Learning Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners

Taking part in this cooking experience provides the children with opportunities to develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating.

Cooking experiences encourages children to use a range of natural materials and technologies. Participating in this recipe helps children to learn and be coached in many cooking skills and terms such as

Poaching, Baking, Coating, Sieving, Mixing, Chopping, Weighing, Draining

Through sharing cooking activities with others, children develop skills such as

Cooperation, creativity, curiosity and confidence.

These skills can be easily adapted and transferred into other experiences and contexts.

This recipe provides many opportunities for children in increase their understanding and knowledge of:

Health Benefits of fish – Omegas , the versatility of fish, texture and flavours.

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