Fish Cakes with Tarragon Mayo Recipe

Fish Cakes with Tarragon Mayo Recipe

How To Make Fish Cakes with Tarragon Mayo

Who thought leftovers could taste this good? Try out these refreshing fish cakes and it’s an equally tasty tarragon mayo dip.

Preparation: 25 minutes
Cooking: 12 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 37 minutes



For the Tarragon Mayonnaise:

  • ½cupmayonnaise
  • 2tbspfresh tarragon,or more, chopped, fresh herb of your choice

For the Cod Fish Cakes:

  • 2russet potatoes,peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • tsptable salt
  • 1bay leaf
  • ½onion,(¼ inch), slices
  • 1sprig fresh thyme,or a pinch dried thyme
  • 1lbcod fillet
  • 2large eggs
  • tspblack pepper
  • 1zest and juice of lemon,finely grated
  • ¼cupfresh parsley,chopped
  • 2tbspfresh herbs such as basil,cilantro, dill, or tarragon, chopped
  • 1tbspdijon mustard
  • 2tbspcapers,drained and chopped
  • 4scallions,finely sliced
  • ¾cuppanko bread crumbs
  • 6tbspolive oil


  1. In a small bowl, stir the mayonnaise and tarragon together. Cover and keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve with the fish cakes.

  2. Place the potatoes in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Add 1 teaspoon salt.

  3. Bring the potatoes to a boil, adjust the heat to a simmer, and cook for 12 to 14 minutes or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with the tip of a knife.

  4. In a colander, drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. With a potato masher, coarsely mash them. Set aside.

  5. Sprinkle the fish on both sides with salt and pepper. In a wide skillet, place the onions, bay leaf, and thyme. Place the fish on top of the onions. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and enough water to barely cover the fish. Cover with a lid.

  6. Over medium heat, bring the water to a simmer. Simmer the fish for 2 to 3 minutes. The fish may be done at this point, but if not, set it aside, covered, for 5 to 6 minutes, or until it is opaque.

  7. In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Add the pepper, lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, additional fresh herbs of your choice, mustard, capers, and scallions.

  8. Mix to blend them. Add the mashed potatoes and stir until the ingredients are combined. Add the fish and panko, and stir to combine.

  9. Divide the mixture into 8 portions and shape them into patties that are about 3 inches wide and 1-inch thick. Refrigerate, covered with plastic wrap, for at least 1 hour or for up to 1 day.

  10. Set a rack 4 inches from the broiler element and preheat the boiler. Line a baking sheet with foil and brush generously with oil.

  11. Place the patties on the baking sheet and brush the tops with oil. Broil for 5 to 6 minutes, or until golden brown.

  12. Remove the pan from the oven and flip the patties over. Brush the tops with more oil. Broil for another 5 to 6 minutes, or until browned. Serve hot with tarragon mayonnaise or tartar sauce.


  • Calories: 334.53kcal
  • Fat: 23.25g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.58g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 10.74g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 8.20g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.89g
  • Fiber: 1.86g
  • Sugar: 1.34g
  • Protein: 14.19g
  • Cholesterol: 76.51mg
  • Sodium: 444.03mg
  • Calcium: 59.41mg
  • Potassium: 587.36mg
  • Iron: 1.76mg
  • Vitamin A: 42.97µg
  • Vitamin C: 13.55mg
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