Smoked Haddock Cakes with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

You can use any smoked fish here, they are all delightful.

Let’s feed a crowd on a shoestring

Just a twist or two

Smoked Haddock Cakes

  • 4 slices whole grain bread, or panko bread crumbs
  • 1 lb. smoked haddock, smoked trout, or mackerel
  • 3 cups milk, or plant milk
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 stars anise
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large leek, minced, divided
  • 1 large rib of celery, minced
  • ½ sweet red pepper, minced
  • ½ tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • ½ tsp. sweet paprika
  • 1/3 cup dry sherry
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • ½ cup Hellman’s regular or vegan mayonnaise

Sun-dried Tomato and Parsley Cream Sauce

  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup reserved infused milk from above, warm
  • 3 or 4 sundried tomatoes in oil, chopped
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper

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48 Comments Add yours

  1. Chef Mimi says:

    Mmmmmm I know I’d love these. I could eat smoked haddock and trout every day!

    1. Oh me too Mimi, and smoked salmon….

  2. Gail says:

    Looks incredible. I’m glad I picked up an extra jar of sun-dried tomatoes. 🍅 🍃

    1. Thank you Gail! Love those sweet little nuggets!

      1. Gail says:


  3. Delicious!

  4. sounds like a really delicious way to prepare fish. I get fresh haddock but I have not seen the smokled versionI bet the sauce is good on any fish fillets.

    1. Thank you! We really love these, and the sauce is really tasty, Jovina, and quite versatile.

  5. Misky says:

    I make something quite similar, and add chopped shallots and capers. Smoked haddock or kippers are everywhere here in West Sussex. Fish cakes are a favourite in our house. Lovely recipe, Dorothy!

    1. Thank you Misky! I think the capers would be delightful here, adding that lovely little pop of flavor.

  6. lisinmayenne says:

    Yum, lovely recipe, Dorothy! Fish cakes are one of those delicious comfort foods (a bit like pancakes) that whenever we make them, I wonder why we don’t do it more often. I love the sound of the sauce with these.

    1. I know what you mean! I feel like that when I make a quiche; I always ask myself why I don’t make it more often!

  7. You’ve definitely upgraded the humble fish cakes into a gourmet dinner. Using the infused milk in the sauce as well is brilliant. 🙂

    1. You know I don’t like to toss anything away that has flavor!

  8. You have ‘reeled’ in a melt in my mouth recipe – yum!

    1. Ha ha my friend! Catch of the day!

  9. NativeNM says:

    Nicely done Dorothy! I know my boys (husband included) would love these!

    1. Thank you Jan! They really hit the spot with my family as well.

  10. Forestwood says:

    Thanks for this, Dorothy. I enjoy any seafood dish and like the sounds of that sauce with the sundried tomatoes.

    1. Thank you! This is really flavorful, and tickles a lot of memory bones.

  11. Looks lovely!

    1. Thank you very much!

  12. Eha says:

    Methinks in Australia smoked mackerel and cod end up in delicious and very commonly served fish cakes – your recipe for those and their sauce is most inviting ! In spite of the fact anything smoked is not exactly on the ‘healthy’ list I love smoked eel and trout and also salmon . . . well, a little am sure will be fine . . .

    1. Always a Nee England staple here too, and salt cod as well. I know many places around the globe have salt cod in their historic and present cuisine.
      Moderation, especially moderation!

  13. Yum! I now have a massive urge for fish cakes. Your look and sound amazing!

    1. Thank you! I make them for the memories, and enjoy them because they are good!

  14. terrie gura says:

    Well, that was some lucky company you had for this meal. It looks fabulous! Love that you repurposed the poaching milk, too.

    1. You know me, always looking to transform those scraps!

  15. I don’t eat fish, but with that cream sauce and your presentation, it looks very tempting!

    1. You can put it on anything, just add some smoked paprika to make up for not having the smoked haddock take a bath in it!

  16. writinstuff says:

    That cream sauce looks fantastic and as soon as my UnFished arrives I’m going to try vegan tuna cakes with these sauce. thanks for the eye (and tummy) candy!

    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
      P.S. Since you won’t have the smoked haddock simmered in the sauce, I’d add a bit of smoked paprika!

  17. Christy B says:

    I’m all about feeding a group on a budget ~ When we’re entertaining for dinner in the future, we will totally look at this one! Sounds amazing.

    1. Thank you Christy! It’s a great entertaining dish, you can get the cakes all made and chilling, and make the white sauce as well, tossing in the parsley and tomatoes after rewarming .

  18. Looks delicious, and I’m positive I’d love it.

    1. Thank you Judy, I kinda think you would too!

  19. nancyc says:

    Looks delicious! That Sun-dried Tomato and Parsley Cream Sauce sounds so good!

    1. Thank you Nancy! The sauce really elevates this humble dish.

  20. Marilyn marilyndoshes says:

    I love fish cakes and these look delish!

    1. Thank you Marilyn! They were tasty indeed!

  21. It’s interesting that you poached the fish in milk, I guess it makes a difference in taste and texture for sure 😉 And I love that are not fried but baked! Oh and I love also the sauce! I’m not a fan of smoked fish but I would love to try this dish!

    1. Thank you Ribana. Some things I do out of habit because it is how my mom did it. Poaching the fish and sometimes baking the fish in milk was something she did often.
      The sauce is really delicious! This dish doesn’t have a super strong smoked flavor, I think perhaps because of the poaching.

  22. This looks delicious! The sauce can be used in other fish dishes. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! The sauce is really delicious and versatile!

  23. Oh how I love smoked fish and cream sauce Dorothy! I always eat the fish right from the skin and never tried anything like your recipe, it sounds wonderful!

    1. Thank you Diane! It was really tasty, and easy too!

  24. I’m always into the sauces and the Sun-dried Tomato and Parsley Cream Sauce looks amazing. I could smoother just about anything with that. I love the little detail about the extra fish ending up in your dad’s lunch box the next day. That brings up so many fond memories. Hugs, c

    1. I think my mom planned everything down to “the each” so she knew she could stretch things as far as possible, especially with four kids and a mother-in-law in residence!

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