Dad’s Fish Cakes

I was really on a roll for a while there! Posting once a week! But of course life got away from me and things got a bit crazy for a while and resulted in some big changes!

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In about six weeks we will be moving to New York City where I will be attending Columbia University!

About a year ago, I applied to a few schools in hopes of getting into a accelerates bsn/msn nursing program. Hence the recent trip to Portland and the East Cost (that I never posted about) and a lot of weird Facebook comments that probably never made sense to anyone but me. I was fortunate enough to get accepted into several amazing schools; schools that I never though I could get into to. Making my final decisions was tough but I’m really happy to have this opportunity.

My decision was between Columbia, John’s Hopkins and Oregon Health and Science University (where I was waitlisted). The program at Columbia is two years long (full years, working through the summers), one year for the bachelors and one year for the masters. I will become a Nurse Practitioner/Midwife in the end (fingers crossed). This program felt like the best fit for many reasons. It’s going to be an intense two years but I am excited.

Living in New York is one of those things that I think I’ve always wanted to do. Everything from lounging around in central park, to New Years in time square to getting lost at the Metropolitan Museum of arts. It will be a very different lifestyle than Berkeley and one I’m looking forward to trying on. My brother lives on the east cost and that is a huge bonus. We haven’t lived in the same city in over 16 years!!! Its going to be a grand adventure and one that I hope to share on this blog.

During this past CRAZY month, of decisions, transitions, tears and excitement, I’ve leaned a lot on my family and close friends for advice, support and guidance. Hence I felt it would be appropriate to share a family recipe today. These fish cakes are my dad’s creation and a family favorite. They disappear before he is even done cooking them. They are mostly healthy 😉 and super quick and easy to make. Most importantly they don’t taste fishy!

Dad’s Fish Cakes

Dad’s Fish Cakes


  • 1 lbs fish (I used tilapia but any soft white fish works)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • salt
  • pepper
  • parsley or dill (or both)
  • butter and oil for cooking


  1. Cut up the fish into very small pieces
  2. Add two eggs, minced garlic, diced onions and chopped parsley or dill.
  3. Salt and pepper generously, then mix together
  4. Then add flour and mayo and mix well to combine.
  5. Let the mixture sit covered for at least an hour to let everything thicken and stick together.
  6. Put a 1 tbls of butter and 1 tbls of oil into a skillet
  7. Make a fish pancake with your hands about 1 1/2 inches wide and 1 inch thick (I fail at measuring so please refer to the picture)
  8. Fry up the fish cakes on medium-high heat until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side.
  9. Serve with sour cream or tartar sauce.


When I made this batch, I had 2.5 lbs of fish. When dealing with half pounds round the number of eggs down. So I used 4 eggs instead of 4.5 or five.

If you feel you need to adjust the amount of flour do not do so until the fish batter has sat for at least an hour. It thickens while it rests and you may find you do not need more flour after its sat for a while.

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