Fish Patties – Рыбные Котлеты

Fish patties are a great way to include fish on your menu in a creative way. They are really flavorful and juicy, with tender chunks of fish. They just melt in your mouth.

If you’ve got any Slavic blood running through your veins, you’re most likely familiar with kotleti, and seafood kotleti are a classic variation. They are a great option for a quick weeknight dinner and you can also make a large batch, since they reheat very well, and you won’t have to cook the next day. For all the people that are nervous about seafood, don’t worry, these fish patties don’t taste “fishy” at all.

Whenever I serve these to family and friends, I get a very enthusiastic response. Even people who don’t usually like fish have been known to be enjoy these. 

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs fish (any kind that you like, cod, haddock, grouper, halibut, tilapia, salmon, etc.)

1/2 Tablespoon butter or oil

1 onion, minced

1 celery stalk, minced

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

1 egg

1/4 cup mayonnaise or Greek yogurt

1 Tablespoon dijon mustard

salt, ground black pepper

fresh herbs (parsley, dill, chives) minced

1/2 cup flour, for dredging the patties

oil, for pan frying (avocado, grape seed, peanut, sunflower, light olive oil, etc.)

Instructions:

Place the fish in a food processor and pulse a few times until the fish is cut up into small pieces. The fish should not be mushy and pureed, rather have a coarse texture, and be flaky. You can also put it through a meat grinder or cut it into really small pieces.

You can use just about any fish that you like. For this recipe, I like to use white fish and cod is one of my favorites.Mince the celery and the onion. Heat the butter or oil in a skillet, add the onion and celery, season with salt and pepper and saute them in the skillet for 5-7 minutes, until softened. Set aside to cool slightly.Add the celery, onion, breadcrumbs, egg, mayonnaise, mustard, 3/4 – 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and herbs to the fish. Mix to combine.

Place the flour into a shallow bowl. Form small patties from the fish mixture, dredge them in the flour and set aside. IMG_8440 (500x334)

IMG_8438 (500x333)Set a large sauté pan over medium high heat, add about 1 1/2 Tablespoons of oil and heat until shimmering. Sauté the fish patties until they are golden brown, approximately 4 to 5 minutes a side. Cook in batches, wiping out the skillet clean and adding fresh oil each time, until all the patties are cooked.

Serve hot. If you are reheating the fish patties, place them in a skillet on low heat, with about 1/2 Tablespoon of water. Cook on low heat, covered, until the fish patties are heated all the way through.

 

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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 12-14 patties
Ingredients
  • 1½ lbs fish (any kind that you like, cod, haddock, grouper, halibut, tilapia, salmon, etc.)
  • ½ Tablespoon butter or oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 celery stalk, minced
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise or Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
  • salt, ground black pepper
  • fresh herbs (parsley, dill, chives) minced
  • ½ cup flour, for dredging the patties
  • oil, for pan frying (avocado, grape seed, peanut, sunflower, light olive oil, etc.)
Instructions
  1. Place the fish in a food processor and pulse a few times until the fish is cut up into small pieces. The fish should not be mushy and pureed, rather have a coarse texture, and be flaky. You can also put it through a meat grinder or cut it into really small pieces.
  2. You can use just about any fish that you like. For this recipe, I like to use white fish and cod is one of my favorites.
  3. Mince the celery and the onion. Heat the butter or oil in a skillet, add the onion and celery, season with salt and pepper and saute them in the skillet for 5-7 minutes, until softened. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Add the celery, onion, breadcrumbs, egg, mayonnaise, mustard, ¾ - 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and herbs to the fish. Mix to combine.
  5. Place the flour into a shallow bowl. Form small patties from the fish mixture, dredge them in the flour and set aside. I usually get about 14 patties.
  6. Set a large sauté pan over medium high heat, add about 1½ Tablespoons of oil and heat until shimmering. Sauté the fish patties until they are golden brown, approximately 4 to 5 minutes a side. Cook in batches, wiping out the skillet clean and adding fresh oil each time, until all the patties are cooked.
  7. Serve hot. If you are reheating the fish patties, place them in a skillet on low heat, with about ½ Tablespoon of water. Cook on low heat, covered, until the fish patties are heated all the way through.

29 Comments

  • Tina

    I’m a fish lover and these look fantastic!! :)) the only question I have is about celery…do you really taste it? I’m not a big fan of celery but I do use it when I make soup. I would assume that the taste of it in katleti is very mild (since its cooked) right?
    thanks again for your blog. Its amazing 🙂

  • Lyuda

    Saw your post right before I went grocery shopping, and decided to make it for dinner. My family loved it, and yes kids did too.
    I do wish there was some kind of sauce to go with this dish.
    I will definatly be making these again.
    Thanks so much, and God Bless!

    • olgak7

      That was quick, Lyuda!
      I prefer to eat mine with some freshly squeezed lemon juice, but you can make a quick Homemade Tartar Sauce with mayo, lemon juice, dijon mustard, minced dill pickles, capers, minced shallot or scallion, white wine vinegar, fresh herbs, salt, pepper and sugar. Enjoy!

  • Valentin Goncharenko

    Olga these fish patties are absolutely delicious!! Perfectly fluffy and so full of flavor! Fantastic post! Love the photos you and Serge take! Keep up the wonderful work!!

    • olgak7

      Probably, if you cook them first. They are very delicate, so don’t freeze the fish patties before cooking them. Although, in my opinion, these are so quick to prepare, I wouldn’t bother freezing them.

  • Natasha (@NatashasKitchen)

    These fish patties look mouth watering, and I like that they don’t take much time to prepare either :).

  • Julia

    I made these today, and they turned out really great. I couldn’t stop eating them. 😉

    I omitted the celery, added dill instead of parsley, and didn’t dip them in flour before frying, and they came out really delicious. Definitely a keeper in my recipe book.

    • olgak7

      That’s awesome, Julia! I’m so glad you liked the fish patties. I like dill with seafood too and I usually like to add it, but this particular time I didn’t have any on hand. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  • Tanush

    simple and delicious!! I used swai fish, honey mustard (thats all I had) and omitted the celery (didnt have any on hand) with dill.. lol.. still tasted great! Thank you.

    • olgak7

      I’m glad you enjoyed it:). The best way to cook is to make good use of whatever you have on hand, Tanush. I’m always doing that myself.

  • Maria

    Hi! I made the patties today, with 3.5lb of tilapia. I used baguette instead of bread, dried parsley (didn’t have fresh herbs.. ) and added some garlic (1 clove per lb fish) and more spices for fish. I baked a half and fried another half. My friend told me to put the patties on the baking sheet, cover with foil and bake for 30min at 350F with the foil and 15min without. The only mistake was not to grease the foil I put in the baking sheet. The patties stuck to the foil.. My husband prefer them baked. Very tasty, kids eat it good. Thank you!

  • Evelyn

    This Looks really good. I have been looking for a good fishcake recipe! However, I am on a gluten free diet… Can I substitute the bread with gluten free cracker crumbs? Would you suggest soaking it in the milk the same way as the bread? Also where I live there aren’t lots of fish available, is frozen acceptable? I’ve tried other fishcake recipes with frozen fish and they make the mixture wayyy too wet because they were frozen. All of your recipes look so delicious!! I tried the meatball soup and it was really good!! Love how I don’t need to use broth, just water and it tastes good.

    • olgak7

      Hi Evelyn,
      I’m sure you can use gluten free alternatives instead of the bread, but I don’t have any experience cooking with it, so I don’t know if you need to soak them in the milk or not.
      You can certainly use frozen fish; that is what I use most of the time for this recipe anyway. Make sure to dry the fish thoroughly before using it though.

  • Olesea

    Let me tell you first Olga thank you thank you than you ;-)) this is the best recipe of fish patties i ever tried, i made some today and not only me but my hubby and kidos are in love.

  • Victoria Lopez

    Ok I just made these for my husband and my 3 year old son who loves anything fish….. well, they are not home right now and I’m terrified that I might eat them all before anyone gets home. So delicious. I love your blog and have used many of your recipes and they ate always fantastic.

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