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Sometimes getting kids to eat fish can be a real challenge, but it’s such a great source of protein that I’m always thinking of fun new ways to present it to little ones who resist it. Cod is an ideal introductory fish because of its mild flavor and light texture. It’s also a good source of omega-3’s, niacin and vitamins B12 and 6, all of which are important for growing bodies.

I find that whenever I serve my kids food they can hold and eat with their hands, they are more prone to eat it. For this recipe, I combined cod with some potato, cheese and breadcrumbs, molded it into bite-sized cakes and then served them up with a zesty dip. I’m never one to “sneak” fish or vegetables into recipes, but if your kids are averse to trying fish, these little cakes are delicious and a great way for them to enjoy something new. You never know, you may make fish fans out of your kids yet!

Dipping Sauce_

2 Tbsp Yogurt
2 Tbsp Mayonnaise
2 Tsp Lemon
1/4 Tsp Salt

1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
2. Serve.


Potato Cod Cakes w/ Lemon Yogurt Dipping Sauce

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Servings: 4
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into 2 inch chunks
  • 1/2 pound cod
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon Parsley, chopped fine
  • 2 eggs, whisked separately
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cupe whole wheat bread crumbs
  • vegetable or canola oil

For Dipping Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (or vegan mayonnaise)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Bring a steamer pot with 2 inches of water to a boil and cook the potato chunks for 15-20 minutes or until fork tender. Remove to a bowl and mash.
  • Add the cod to the steamer pot and cook for 5-6 minutes. Remove to a plate, cool and flake with a fork, being careful to remove any bones.
  • Place the cod, mashed potatoes, parmesan, parsley, 1 egg and salt in a bowl and stir to combine.
  • Shape about 2 tbsp of the cod mixture into 16 evenly shaped patties.
  • Place the breadcrumbs and remaining whisked egg into two separate bowls and gently roll each patty into the whisked egg and then into the bread crumbs.
  • Heat a thin layer of oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  • Cook the cod cakes 4 minutes on each side or until golden.
  • Serve with dipping sauce.

For Dipping Sauce:

  • Place all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine. 
  • Serve.
  • To Freeze:After step 5, place the patties on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for one hour, remove and place in ziploc bags, label and freeze up to 4 months.
  • When ready to eat, remove from ziploc bag and place on a plate in the fridge to defrost for 24 hours then continue with steps 6-8. You can also just place in the the oven from the freezer at 400 for 10-15 minutes.


Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 600mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g
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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. Another amazing one! Pre-children, hubby and I used to visit this amazing portuguese resturant, and they had amazing codcakes…well date nites are hard to come by these days with 2 under 4…and both my 16mth and 3.5yo went crazy over these, and so did Hubby and I (good thing I doubled the recipe for future dinners!)<3 Thanks again for all that you do!

  2. We will be trying these tonight. My 5 year old is so picky, I hope he likes them! Can you suggest a good side dish to go with it?

  3. These were great, thanks! I used Haddock because I didn’t have Cod and added a bit of fresh, chopped baby spinach and some black pepper to them as well. They were very tasty!

  4. We ate these tonight and yum. We have leftovers. Refrigerate? If so, for how long? Do you not recommend freezing since they are already cooked? Thank you in advance!

  5. My 10 month old LOVED these. I only used egg yolk for hers, but they worked pretty well… I was sure she wouldn’t eat the whole one (even though it was fairly small) but she could not eat it fast enough.

  6. Yes you can even put it in your oven as well. Put them at 400 for 15 minutes on a sprayed cooking rack. I haven’t test this method but it should be fine, let me know the results!

  7. is it possible to bake or toast the cake in a an oven toaster? my 2 1/2 year old loves most food drenched in oil. i’m just trying to remove it out of her system.

  8. A great substitute for eggs for binding would be mixing 1 tbsp of ground flax with 3 tbsp of water for every egg and putting that in. But, I have never tested it this way so I wouldn’t be so sure of how it would turn out. If you try it out let me know how they turn out but I do have to say that you will get a nutty flavor from flax seeds. Enjoy!! 🙂

  9. So… do the mashed potatoes get added in with the cod? (I’m just not seeing where the potatoes go).

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