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Fishcakes with Avocado and Yoghurt Sauce Recipe

Fishcakes with Avocado and Yoghurt Sauce Recipe

Credit: Meg Thompson

I have memories of my mum making fishcakes when I was growing up. Making your own mash is easy, plus you get to avoid emulsifiers and preservatives from store-bought mash. I use a combination of sweet potato and white potato for added flavour and nutrition and also use cooked fresh fish rather than tinned, which makes them extra delicious. Choose a mild white fish for a milder flavour, something like mackerel for a stronger flavour or even a combination of both.

Serves: 8 small fishcakes



  • 250g sweet potato, cubed
  • 250g white potato, cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Zest 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp capers, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup chopped fresh herbs, such as dill, tarragon & parsley
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 175g (approx.) cooked fish (see note above)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs (gluten-free if need be — preferred bread toasted & blitzed)
  • Ghee, butter or oil, for frying

  • Avocado Yoghurt Sauce
  • ½ cup yoghurt
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 tbsp chopped dill
  • Sea salt & black pepper, to taste
  1. Place both kinds of potato in saucepan with garlic and cover with water. Bring to boil and simmer until tender.
  2. Drain and mash potatoes and garlic together and add lemon zest, capers and herbs, mixing well to combine.
  3. Add sea salt and black pepper, and taste, adding a little more if necessary.
  4. Break fish into rough chunks and gently stir through.
  5. Shape mixture into 8 patties and place in fridge to set for at least 30 mins.
  6. Whisk egg in small bowl and arrange breadcrumbs on plate.
  7. Dip each fishcake in egg, then press gently into breadcrumbs to coat.
  8. Add a little ghee or oil to frypan and lightly fry fishcakes in batches for 7–8 mins each side, until nice and golden, placing on plate lined with paper towel once cooked.
  9. To make sauce, blitz or mash together all ingredients until smooth.


Meg Thompson

Meg Thompson is a practising naturopath, cook, mother, writer and passionate wholefood enthusiast based in Melbourne. Meg’s interest in health, food and the role of food as medicine has shaped her career and lifestyle. Following an early career in psychology and education, she completed studies in naturopathy, nutrition and herbal medicine and now runs a successful clinical practice. Meg works from a philosophy that food is much more than something to fill our bellies, but a source of nourishment, deliciousness, education, ritual and celebration, best shared with those we love.