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Fish cakes with carrot ribbons and lime wedges

Healthy fish cakes

Published: March 24, 2021 at 10:31 am
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + Chilling
  • Easy
  • Serves 4

These low-calorie, high-protein spiced salmon fish cakes are flavoured with red chilli, lime and ginger. Serve with carrot and cucumber ribbons for a vibrant, healthy dinner

  • Healthy
low inkcal452
high inprotein24.2g
low insalt0.2g

Try these healthy fish cakes, then check out our healthy fish pie, healthy salmon pasta, healthy salmon burgers and healthy cod and rice one-pot.


  • 600g floury potatoes (such as Maris Piper), peeled and cut into 2cm cubes
  • 3 (approximately 360g) salmon fillets
  • 2 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced and zested, plus lime wedges to serve
  • grated to make 1 tsp ginger
  • roughly chopped to make 4 tbsp coriander
  • 2 tbsp gram flour
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • ½ tbsp runny honey
  • ½ tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into ribbons
  • 1 cucumber, halved, trimmed and cut into ribbons


  • STEP 1

    Bring a large, lidded pan of water to the boil and add the potatoes. Reduce the heat and put a metal colander over the top. Season the salmon fillets and put them in the colander. Cover with the lid and leave the fish to steam and the potatoes to simmer. Both should take 10 minutes – if the fish needs more time, give the fillets another 2 minutes but remove the potatoes to stop them over-cooking.

  • STEP 2

    Drain the potatoes well and cool slightly. Transfer to a large bowl and add the spring onions, chilli, lime zest, ginger and half the coriander. Mash together, seasoning well. Remove the skins from the salmon fillets, roughly flake the flesh and fold into the potato mixture. Divide into eight and shape each portion into a ball, flattening slightly so that you have eight patties. Transfer to a plate lined with baking paper and chill for 15 minutes, then dust in the gram flour.

  • STEP 3

    Heat half of the oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Once hot, add four fish cakes to the pan. Fry for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown on the undersides, then carefully flip each one and cook for a further 3-4 minutes until equally golden brown. Transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper and repeat with the remaining oil and fish cakes.

  • STEP 4

    Meanwhile, put the lime juice, honey, vinegar and sesame seeds in a large bowl and whisk. Add the carrots and cucumber, and toss to coat. Add the remaining coriander, season lightly and give it a final toss. Once the fish cakes are cooked, serve them with the carrot and cucumber salad on the side and extra lime wedges for squeezing over.

*This recipe is gluten-free according to industry standards

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