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Noah's Cod Cakes + Tartar Sauce
I developed this recipe years ago at my first job right out of culinary school as an alternative to crab cakes. The recipe was so well-received by the and actually went on to become a signature dish. My younger son (Noah) has always been a big fish fan so I now make these for him often.

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  • Step 1

    For the cod cakes, place about 10 cups of water in stockpot over high heat and bring to a boil. When boiling, add fish and lightly simmer for 2-3 minutes until the cod is cooked. Drain and cool in colander. Set aside.

  • Step 2

    When the cod is cool enough to handle, place in medium size mixing bowl. Gently flake with fork (or your hands) looking for any possible bones.

  • Step 3

    Add 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs, mayonnaise, lime juice, parsley and mix well with rubber tip spatula. Season mixture with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Step 4

    Once the seasoning has been adjusted, add the egg.
    Make into 8 (or 10, depending on desired size) equal, well-formed patties and set aside.

  • Step 5

    Add additional 3/4 cup bread crumbs to a separate mixing bowl. Gently coat the cod cakes in the bread crumbs, making sire to get the sides, and place on a plate. Repeat with the remaining cakes. Note: once coated in bread crumbs, cod cakes can be wrapped well and refrigerated for 1 day or until you are ready to cook them.

  • Step 6

    For the tartar sauce, mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl until blended. Cover and refrigerate till needed.

  • Step 7

    To cook the cakes, working in batches, heat about 1/4 cup vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large shallow sauté pan over medium heat.

  • Step 8

    When the oil is hot but not smoking (butter will be bubbling), add the cakes and sauté for 4-5 minutes per side, or until golden in color. Carefully turn the cakes over and cook on the other side.

  • How to cook a fishcake. Noah's Cod Cakes + Tartar Sauce - Step 9
    Step 9

    When the cakes are cooked through, remove from the pan and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain. Add the additional oil and butter and repeat with the remaining cakes. Note: the cod cakes can be re-heated in the oven should the need arise.
    Serve cod cakes hot with a dollop of tartar sauce.

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