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How to Cook Simple Sweet Potato Fish Cakes

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These fish cakes are simple and cheap to make, and also tasty and healthy. This recipe makes enough for three to four people as a main dish, or a couple more if used as a starter.


  • 350g (12oz) peppered mackerel1
  • 400g (14oz) sweet potato
  • 400g (14oz) new potato
  • A bunch of spring onions
  • Butter2
  • Paprika


  1. Boil the potatoes with their skins on. This usually takes about 15-20 minutes. A good way to check if they are ready is to stab a piece of the potato with a straight-edged knife. If the potato slides off the knife immediately, then the potato is done. Mash the potatoes with the butter and paprika until you get a nice creamy consistency. Chop the spring onions into small pieces, break up the mackerel and add both to the mashed potatoes, mixing thoroughly.

  2. Grease a large baking tray. Form the mixture into round cakes and flatten them to a thickness of about 2-3cm (an inch). Bake the cakes in the oven at 160°C (320°F; gas mark 3) for 25 minutes, then flip them over and bake for a further 25 minutes.

  3. Serve with a tasty salad, ideally with rocket or spinach and sweet chilli sauce for a healthy option. Alternatively, these fish cakes make a great starter or side dish for a more substantial meal.

1You can use any fish, really, but the strong taste of peppered mackerel works really well.2This is not strictly necessary, it just improves the quality of the consistency. It can be removed to make a healthier meal, or you can substitute mayo or margarine.

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