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Yorkshire Fishcake

Introduction & method

In some parts of Yorkshire, when you ask a fish and chip shop for a fishcake, you'll get one of these. They originate from Sheffield and consist of a layer of fish (usually tail-ends and other offcuts) sandwiched between 2 slices of potato, coated in batter and deep-fried.

Yorkshire Fishcake Recipe

Make the Batter

Normally, I would use beer batter for this, but here's an alternative batter recipe. Mix the flour, salt and bicarb in a bowl. Add enough cold water to turn the mixture into a paste about the consistency of paint. Whisk well and leave to stand in the fridge for 1 hour. Optionally, you can add 1 tsp turmeric if you want your batter to be bright orange.

Prep the Filling

Peel your potato and cut it into slices about 3-4mm (just under a quarter of an inch) thick. The potato is not pre-cooked, so if you cut it too thick it won't cook properly. Use one of your potato slices as a template to cut a disc of fish the same size and shape as the spud. Sandwich each disc of fish between 2 slices of potato.

Cook the Fishcakes

Heat oil or beef dripping (tallow) in a large frying pan - the fat shouldn't be more than halfway up the side of the pan. The temperature should be about 150° C (302° F). Dip each fish/potato sandwich in batter and carefully place it in the fat. When the batter is golden on one side, turn it over to cook the pther side. Drain and serve.

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Ingredients & Info

 1 large potato
 150 grams cod
 125 grams plain (all-purpose) flour
 1 tsp salt
 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)


You can use any kind of white fish fillets for this.

US Customary/Imperial

Makes 4 -6 fishcakes
Prep time: 10 minutes.
Standing time: 1 hour.
Cooking time: 5 minutes.
Total time: 1 hours 15 minutes.