Newfoundland Fish Cakes

Newfoundland Fish Cakes

Newfoundland Fish Cakes - These traditional Newfoundland fish cakes have been made for countless generations using the most basic of ingredients like potatoes, salt fish and onions.
Course Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Newfoundland
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 18 fish cakes
Calories 179 kcal
Author Barry C. Parsons


  • 1 ½ pounds salt dried cod
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 6 cups mashed potato
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 tbsp dried savoury (optional)
  • ½ tsp black pepper
US Customary - Metric


  1. Soak the salt cod in cold water overnight.
  2. Simmer the salt cod in boiling water for about 15 minutes. Drain the water off the fish and allow the fish to cool to almost room temperature.
  3. When the fish is cool, flake it apart with a fork into small pieces.
  4. In a sauté pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  5. Add the onions and cook until they are softened.
  6. Add the flaked fish along with the mashed potato, egg, pepper and savoury.
  7. Mix together until well combined, then form into small cakes and roll in flour.
  8. Fry the fish cakes in canola oil over medium heat until golden brown on both sides.
  9. Serve with scrunchions if desired.

Recipe Notes

Prep time does not include the overnight soaking time for the salt, dried cod. Scrunchions are ½ inch cubes of cured pork fatback that are fried and rendered to a crispy texture. The scrunchions and rendered fat get served over the fish cakes.

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

Nutrition Facts
Newfoundland Fish Cakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 179 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 2689mg 112%
Potassium 858mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 25g 50%
Vitamin A 3.6%
Vitamin C 12.6%
Calcium 8.6%
Iron 18.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.