Newfoundland Cod Cakes

My husband is from Newfoundland, so cod is a fish that we eat quite often. When we go “home” cod is always something that we look forward to having because it is so fresh. This recipe is a very simple dish that has been a staple in many Newfoundland kitchens, it has a mild flavour and is a flakey white fish, so I find that most kids will eat it. I usually top the cod with coleslaw and sliced avocado but it also tastes good with hollandaise sauce. I also use my homemade bread recipe to make buns but you can easily use brioche buns which, tastes so good with it. Haddock comes from the same family as cod, so you can easily substitute with it in this recipe.

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 1/2 – 2 pounds of salted cod
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cups of mash potatoes
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 tsp of dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp of pepper
  • 1 tbsp of savoury
  • 1 cup of flour
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • coleslaw (homemade or premixed)
  • Sliced avocado
  • Buns
Beautiful golden brown, fried to perfection.

Here is how to make it:

  • Soak the salted cod in cold water overnight
  • Simmer the salted cod in boiling water for 10 – 15 minutes. Remove the cod and allow to cool.
  • When the fish is cool to the touch, flake it with a fork into very small pieces.
  • Meanwhile, peel and chop the potatoes, place in a pot with enough water to cover the potatoes and cook until they are easily pierced with a fork. Remove from heat and drain. Mash the potatoes and set aside.
  • In a skillet, melt the butter and sauté the onions until they are translucent and soft.
  • In a bowl, stir the flaked fish, mash potatoes, egg, savoury, mustard and pepper until well combined.
  • Form cod mixture into small balls, gently roll into flour and slightly flatten.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and fry cod cakes until golden brown, flipping only once.
  • Serve on a bun topped with coleslaw and sliced avocado or hollandaise sauce.
Served on a homemade bun topped with coleslaw, lettuce and sliced avocado.

I serve these cod cakes on top of my homemade buns. To make the buns I use my homemade bread recipe which, you can find here

I hope this recipe inspires you in your kitchen – enjoy!

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