Fish Cakes in Tomato Sauce

Fish cakes in tomato sauce…. so good! This is a fairly quick recipe if you use frozen fish burgers…

The recipe calls for making fish cakes from scratch using fresh fish. I happened to have some frozen fish burgers that I picked up at Costco.. Pollack fish burgers & decided to use these instead of making the fish cakes myself. Certainly you can make your own fish cakes… I won’t put the recipe for them here because I did not make them so I am not sure how they are…but the sauce is fantastic. I actually used this sauce for meatballs….& it would be great with zucchini noodles… the sauce recipe is a keeper!

Here is the recipe from JERUSALEM A COOKBOOK PAGE 225

This is how I made the recipe…


Tomato Sauce

2 tbsp olive oil

1 1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tsp ground coriander

1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 cup water *** the original recipe calls for white wine here, I did not have any so I used water

1 400 g can diced tomatoes

1 tsp dried red pepper flakes…amount is up to you… use as much as you like…how spicy you like things

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tsp superfine sugar…. *** if you do not have superfine sugar, use regular granulated sugar

1/2 tsp salt & pepper

another cup of water…

approx 2 tbsp mint leaves, chopped *** I used dried mint



4 – 8  frozen fish burgers…. I used the ones from Costco. & I used 4



You will need a saute/frying pan that has a lid & sides & can hold the fish cakes rather snuggly …

Make the sauce first then when it is simmering you will make the fish…if you have 2 pans, but… if you only have one medium size frying pan, make the fish first, then set the cooked fish aside, make the sauce & then you can add the cooked fish cakes into the sauce to finish cooking *** please note that you have to cook the fish according to the package instructions & make sure they are throughly cooked

  1. Heat the olive oil in the pan
  2. Add the spices & chopped onion & cook until the onion is tender & starting to brown
  3. Add the water ( or wine if you are using )  to the cooked onions & mix well… simmer this for about 5 minutes
  4. Add the tomatoes, red pepper flakes, garlic, sugar, salt & pepper
  5. Mix well & simmer until this gets quite thick, approx 10 -15 min
  6. While the sauce is simmering, cook the fish cakes *** unless you cooked them first!
  7. In a separate frying pan, in some heated oil, cook the fish cakes according to the package instructions…you want the fish cakes to be nice & brown…
  8. When the fish cakes are cooked & the sauce has cooked down, add the fish cakes to the tomato sauce ..they can be close together.. nestle them in the sauce./..
  9. Now, add some water to just cover the fish cakes
  10. Put the lid on & simmer on a low heat for 15 – 20 minutes

Serve  warm or at room temperature garnish with the mint








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Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!

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