Fish Cakes

Newfoundland Recipes-Fish Cakes3-www.saltjunk.comMakes 4-6 servings


  • 1 lb salt cod (pieces or boned)
  • 8 med potatoes (or 2 lbs)
  • 1 med onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • ¼ tsp garlic
  • ½ tsp Newfoundland Savoury (optional)
  • Butter or vegetable (for frying)
  • Flour for dusting
  • Salt & pepper


Soak salt fish in cold water for approx 6-8 hours (or overnight) – drain and set aside.

In a pot of cold water, bring potatoes to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Add fish and cook for another 15-20 minutes or until fish and potatoes are tender. Remove from heat and drain. Let cool to room temperature.

Transfer fish and potatoes to a large bowl. Add onion, egg, garlic and savoury. Season to taste. Mash ingredients together and form into round cakes. Dust fish cakes (both sides) with flour.

In a skillet, med-high heat, fry fish cakes (on both sides) until golden brown.  Serve hot with your favourite side dish. Excellent with a good cup of steeped tea, homemade bread and molasses.


  • Shake off excess flour from fish cakes
  • Use 1 tbsp of butter or oil at a time when frying fish cakes
  • Dust fish cakes in flour just before placing in frying pan
  • Add egg if texture is difficult to stick together
  • Ensure fat is hot when frying fishcakes, otherwise fat will saturate fishcakes
  • Ratio fish to potatoes (1-2)

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Baked Stuffed Squid

Baked-Stuffed-Squid2Makes 6 servings


  • 12 med squid (Atlantic)
  • 3 tbsp melted butter (or olive oil)
  • 1/2  cup onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 3 cup bread crumbs (¼” cubed)
  • 1½ tbsp savoury
  • ½ tsp dry thyme
  • ½ tsp dry basil
  • 12 slices of salt pork (thin slices 2”L x 1/8 “ thick)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley (for garnishing)
  • 1 cup spicy salsa (for garnishing)


Clean squid as per instruction below. Remove fins and tentacles (chop in small pieces). In a skillet, low-med heat, sauté onion, garlic, fins and tentacles in butter for 5 minutes. Season to taste.

In a bowl, combine bread crumbs, savoury, thyme, basil and onion mixture. Mix well and season to taste. Fill mantles loosely with stuffing and secure ends with toothpicks. Place in a baking dish and add 1 piece of salt pork of top of each squid. Pour water in baking dish and cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 350°F for approx 45 minutes to 1 hour or until tender (take aluminum foil off the last 10 minutes of baking). Serve with your favorite side dish. and garnish with spicy salsa and parsley. Continue reading

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