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Fish Cakes

Recipe used with permission from the Aboriginal Nutrition Network and Dietitians of Canada. Some adaptations have been made to the original recipe.

Recipe by: Cheryl Herman

Cheryl currently lives in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and originally lived in a northern community called LaLoche. She has fond memories of growing up. She used to go berry picking and eat outside, cooking fish with potatoes and bannock. Cheryl learned this recipe from her mom.

Every spring we would snare fish at the rapids. There was an abundance of fish! Our family would make fish fillets, make dried fish and we would use some of the fish to make these fish cakes. This recipe was a family tradition every spring and once or twice at other times of the year.

Fish Cakes


  • 2 lbs (1 kg) cod
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  •  3 cups bread crumbs
  • ¼ tsp (1 ml) pepper
  • 1/4 c butter for cooking


  1. Cut fish into chunks and mix together in a bowl with onions, breadcrumbs, and pepper.
  2. Put mixture through a meat grinder or a food processor.
  3. Form ground mixture into patties – if you make the patties 3 inches in diameter and ½ inch thick with 2 lbs of fish you should get approximately 18 fish cakes.
  4. Fry the patties in butter for 5 minutes on each side.

Nutrient Analysis

  • Calories: 93 KCal
  • Protein: 12.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.1 g
  • Fibre: 0.7 g
  • Total Fat: 2.9 g
  • Sodium: 82.7 mg
  • Phosphorus: 139.35 mg
  • Potassium: 243.58 mg

Renal Diet Nutrient Analysis

Servings per recipe: 18

Serving size: 1 - 73 g fish cake

Renal and Diabetic Exchanges

2 protein choices

What is one exchange?
  • 1 Protein Choice = 1oz of meat or 7g of dietary protein
  • 1 Starch Choice = about 15g of carbohydrates
  • 1 Fruit or Vegetable Choice = ½ cup
  • 1 Milk Choice = ½ cup