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Fishcake Sunday....a Bermudian Good Friday Tradition

As promised this morning in class attached is the recipe of the Traditional Bermuda Codfish Cake. There are many recipes for Codfish Cakes and below is Jules's version of a simple way to prepare this Bermudian tradition. We have also added a video of us preparing the Cakes. ENJOY!!!!

Bermuda Fishcake Recipe


2 lbs Salted Codfish

5 lbs Potato’s (peeled and diced)

6 large eggs

4 cups Panko breadcrumbs

30 ounces Vegetable or Canola Oil

2 Tbs Madras Curry Powder

1 Tbs Cinnamon

1 Tbs Pepper

2 Tbs Italian Seasoning


Raisin Bread rolls

Sliced Swiss cheese

Lettuce diced

1 red onion sliced

Avocado sliced

Tomato sliced


Tabasco sauce


  1. Rinse salt off codfish and place in large bowl of water to soak in fridge minimum of 6 hours (or overnight).

Phase 1:

  1. Drain codfish and place in large pot half filled with water. Peel and dice potatoes and add. Cook for 30 minutes until potatoes are tender. Strain water, return codfish and potatoes to pot and let cool to room temperature-about 30 minutes.

  2. Add all spices above and mash & mix together by hand .

  3. Place in fridge to cool down minimum 4 hours- preferably overnight.

Phase 2:

  1. Place baking sheet on cookie tray, place in oven and preheat to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Add oil to frying pan and bring to boil- after boil turn temp to medium.

  3. Add six eggs to codfish mixture and stir for about 3 min with wooden spoon.

  4. Form fish cake patties with hands- same technique as making hamburger patties.

  5. In mixing bowl have panko breadcrumbs ready for cakes to be dipped in & thoroughly coated .

  6. Carefully lower patties into hot oil- (1-2 at a time ) let fry until golden brown -about 30 seconds.

  7. Once fried place patties on cooking sheet in oven .

  8. Repeat until all patties are fried.

  9. Bake in oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.

Phase 3:

  1. Slice buns in half and lightly toast

  2. Layer lettuce and onion on bottom bun and patty directly on top

  3. Place Swiss cheese on Patty and layer tomato and avocado on top of cheese

  4. Add mayonnaise and Tabasco on top bun and place on top .

  5. Cut in half and ENJOY!!!!!

Editors remarks:

We have experimented with a homemade mango and tomato salsa with caramelised onion or mushroom, gherkin , caramelized onion salsa- which complimented the fish cakes very well. Or as a lighter version serve fishcakes with salad, salsa and homemade pita bread. (see last pic in this blog)

Getting ready- gather your ingredients :

Assembly of the fishcakes:

Putting it all together- final touches:

ENJOY!!!!!!!! Please share your experience and pictures of your Fishcakes.

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