Pilchard fishcakes


Serves: 4
Skill: easy
Prep: 15 min
Cooking: 30 min


  • 450g potatoes, peeled and halved
  • 400g can pilchards in tomato sauce
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • Half a bunch parsley, chopped
  • 1 bunch chives, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 60g panko breadcrumbs
  • Oil, for frying


Nutrition per portion

  • RDA
  • Calories 425 k
  • Cal 21%
  • Fat 21.5
  • g 31%
  • Saturates 5.5g 28%
  • Carbohydrates 13.5g 21%

These pilchard fishcakes are a lovely light lunch, or serve mini versions as party food. Pilchards are delicious oily fish that are similar to sardines, but larger, and are such an underrated ingredient. Pilchards can be bought in a can, and can be used in so many recipes, such as in pastas, salads, or simply eaten on toast, and they also work so well in our tasty pilchard fishcakes. Pilchards are a really nutritious food that are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids. For a delicious twist on a conventional fishcake, try making these easy pilchard fishcakes.

For The Dipping Sauce

  • 45g crème fraiche
  • 45g mayo
  • 3tbsp tomato sauce from the pilchard can
  • Juice of half a lemon, plus extra lemon wedges, to serve


Steam the potatoes for 20 mins or until cooked through, then when still warm, roughly mash the cooked potatoes with a fork in a large bowl.

Drain the tinned pilchards, reserving 3tbsp of the tomato sauce for the dipping sauce, then mix the fish into the potato with lemon zest and juice, herbs, and onion and stir until well combined.

Form the mixture into either large fishcakes or small croquettes. Dip in beaten egg then in breadcrumbs to coat.
Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the fishcakes for 3-4 mins on either side, until golden.

To make the dipping sauce, combine crème fraiche, mayo and sauce from the pilchard can. Serve with the fishcakes while they’re hot, with lemon wedges on the side.

The South African Pelagic Fishing Industry Association (SAPFIA) is a legally recognised industrial body which represents a large number of Rights Holder who hold approximately 68.6% of sardine rights and 81.7% of anchovy rights in the small pelagic fishing sector.

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