David Niven’s Fish Cakes

I am a person who likes to follow a recipe. I am not a freestyler. But I make an exception for David Niven. I love his fish cakes recipe, because he basically issues a carte blanche for making them however the hell you like.

So here’s his recipe, just as he wrote it…

Take any old piece of left over fish (the better the fish the better the cake).

Mix it up with boiled potatoes.  Pop in a raw egg to bind it and a little anchovy paste because I say so.

Add a chopped onion just for the hell of it, then make little cakes of this shambles.

Sprinkle some flour around the general area of the cakes and park some bread crumbs atop them.


Here’s how I made mine.

I had a small tupperware of leftover mash knocking around in my fridge. I added a can of this, which I am never without in my kitchen…

I popped in some chopped red onion, a beaten egg and a big squeeze of this, as I didn’t have any anchovy paste.

Mashed it all up.

Made 5 little cakes,

dusted them with flour, dipped them in breadcrumbs, fried them in a mixture of butter and olive oil,

steamed some broccoli and Bob’s your uncle. A really quick and easy dinner for 2 nights in at Silver Screen Suppers Towers.

Two fishcakes one night, three the next. I was VERY pleased with myself.

Back to following the recipes religiously now though…

4 Responses to David Niven’s Fish Cakes

  1. Hazel 18 Jan, 2019 at 8:57 am #

    I have to say that sounds like just like my type of cooking. And I love fishcakes 🙂

    • Jenny 20 Jan, 2019 at 9:52 am #

      I’ve been learning to cook with the help of my movie idols for over 12 years now, I’m still not confident enough to just throw things together without a recipe. I should loosen up!

      I love fishcakes too. It’s mostly a lazy thing for me because I think – brilliant – no need for separate potatoes, potatoes are IN THEM!

      • Hazel 25 Jan, 2019 at 9:00 am #

        I bet you could (In fact I assumed you would). You read so much about food and cooking that once you start cooking something a memory of a recipe or description will prompt you and you’ll know exactly what to do next.

        • Jenny 27 Jan, 2019 at 10:13 am #

          Thanks for that faith in me, Hazel! I might make this the year that I start mucking around a bit more in the kitchen!

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