Cod Fish and Yuca Cakes

by Erica Dinho on February 4, 2010

There are a lot of recipes for cod fish cakes, some better than others. I have tried a few made with potatoes that I like, but my grandmother used to make cod fish cakes with yuca, and they are definately my favorites ones. They have great texture and a wonderful taste.

This is the recipe for my grandmother’s Cod Fish and Yuca Cakes. Enjoy!



(6-8 Cakes)

  • 1 pound cod fillets, cooked and flaked
  • 1 cup cooked and mashed yuca (cassava)
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/4 teasppon ground cumin
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
  • salt and pepper
  • Oil for frying


In a small skillet over low heat, melt the butter. Add the green onions and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes.

In a medium bowl, place the flaked fish, mashed yuca, cooked onions and garlic, bread crumbs, cilantro,mustard, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and mix well.

In a separated bowl, whisk together the cream and eggs until well blended. Add to the fish mixture and mix well.

Form the mixture into round cakes. In a large saute pan over medium-high heat fry the cakes in the oil, turning once, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes per side. Serve with lime wedges on the side.

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1 Tangled Noodle February 4, 2010 at 10:17 AM

I could just stare at these cod cakes but would prefer to eat them! Thanks for the link back to your yuca post – I’ve seen the raw root but will be on the lookout for the frozen one since you note that it may be easier to cook/come out more tender.


2 monicajane February 4, 2010 at 10:37 AM

yum…sounds great and I think I might experiment with other fish too…


3 Erica February 4, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Thank you guys :)


4 Sarah Naveen February 4, 2010 at 11:09 AM

I love Yuca..This must have tasted heavenly..Looks superb Erica…


5 Sarah Naveen February 4, 2010 at 11:10 AM

U know what..In My place,back in India.. Boiled yucca and fish curry is a great combo..


6 Erica February 4, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Sarah- Thank you :)


7 Faith February 4, 2010 at 11:27 AM

These look perfect — golden and crispy on the outside and soft and creamy inside! I’ll have to try these with yuca!


8 Erica February 4, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Faith- Thank you so much for your comment! Try them with yuca….. they are wonderful.


9 Baking is my Zen February 4, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Another great recipe. I’m going to turn Columbian by the end of the year with all this food. Great stuff! :)


10 Bo February 4, 2010 at 1:19 PM

I have never been a fan of fish cakes, but yours look golden, crispy, and delicious.


11 Anna February 4, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Mmmm! This codfish cakes looks divine, so creamy. :-)


12 Sandra g February 4, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Looks delicious, love yuca and cod fish, can I use bacalao or just the fresh cod?


13 Erica February 4, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Sandra- I used fresh cod.


14 Erica February 4, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Thank you all!


15 Chris De La Rosa February 4, 2010 at 2:39 PM

Cod fish and cassava.. does it get any better? Looks lovely

happy cooking



16 Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes February 4, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Cod is definitely my favorite fish. It’s got the best texture. These cakes look so yummy. I’m drooling. :)


17 Ruth February 4, 2010 at 4:28 PM

These look so good, I am tempted to try them even without the yucca. Impossible for me to get it here but still all the other flavours just seem to blend in so well!


18 Kim February 4, 2010 at 4:45 PM

I haven’t had the opportunity to try yuca yet, but I would really love to find some locally. These cakes look so crispy on the outside, yet creamy and delicious on the inside.


19 doggybloggy February 4, 2010 at 4:55 PM

these look spectacular – its like a bacalao fritter only better…


20 Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog February 4, 2010 at 5:09 PM

This is cod fish more yuca is loaded with wonderful textures and flavors! :)

All the best,



21 Simply Life February 4, 2010 at 5:25 PM

YUM! I LOVE yuca but have only had it a couple times in my life! What a great reminder! :)


22 Erica February 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Thank you everyone!


23 my boyfriend cooks for me February 4, 2010 at 7:04 PM

These look wonderful. I’ve never tried yuca before, but it seems right up my alley…and if I can put it with fish and cilantro, there’s absolutely nothing not to like!


24 Lyndsey February 4, 2010 at 8:05 PM

These look beautiful! I’ve used yucca when I made salmon cakes before and I really like it. Your recipe sounds wonderful and I am definitly going to make it!


25 Chef E February 4, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Now this is something I could wrap my mind, and my lips around!


26 Saucy Smith February 4, 2010 at 8:30 PM

These are THE BEST sounding fish cakes EVER! I will make them soon. Thanks for the recipe and thank you for visiting my blog.



27 KennyT February 4, 2010 at 10:09 PM

The fish cakes you made look so crispy and yummy!


28 Mireya February 4, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Yum, these look good! I can just think of all the possibilities for dips to serve with this :)


29 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 4, 2010 at 11:12 PM

Thankyou for sharing this Erica! I love family recipes and this one looks really delicious! :D


30 peanutts February 5, 2010 at 2:58 AM

Fish cakes using cassava, ……. Cassava is used back home in maldives too but as a desert first time seeing it used for savory dish.


31 Erica February 5, 2010 at 7:21 AM

Thank you all! I truly appreciate your comments :)


32 Joanne February 5, 2010 at 7:58 AM

Whoa. I just realized how long its been since I’ve had yucca. Definitely need to change that.

I love the sound of these fish cakes! Way better than any I’ve ever seen so far.


33 CARMEN February 5, 2010 at 8:27 AM



34 Erica February 5, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Carmen- Tengo otra receta de torticas de atun que voy a publicar la otra semana. Pero puedes hacer estas con atun tambien.


35 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie February 5, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Scrumptious cakes – the combo of cod and yuca sounds fantastic!


36 Ivy February 6, 2010 at 1:46 AM

I love cod but yuka is out of the question as it is not found here in Greece. May try this with potatoes.


37 Erica February 7, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Thank you for visiting!


38 Karen February 10, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Mmm! My mom used to make cod cakes. I haven’t had them in way too many years! Delicious :)


39 Noni February 11, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Yummy! I have never thought to combine cod with yucca to create such a delicious fish cake but I am certain to make these! Thank you for sharing.


40 Taste Traveller February 15, 2010 at 7:38 AM

Ooh! These look just like the ones my parents used to make. I can just imagine right now how they must taste. I think they used salted cod – there was always a fair amount of that in the house.


41 Olga February 18, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Really good recipe. I think I am going to try it


42 Candy August 22, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Tengo un paquete de yuca guayada congelada y necesito una receta que no sea de pasteles o alcapurias….pense que tal vez pueda ser pastelon, o como puedo cocinar la yuca cruda molida congelada… gusta mucho experimentar con recetas….pero esta vez quiero ir a la segura….gracias


43 Maria Carolina October 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM

I made these tonight for dinner and they were a hit! I’m paleo so I subbed the heavy cream for full-fat coconut milk, the bread crumbs for almond flour, and used fresh poached trout instead of cod since that was all I had. Even my fish-hating father loved them! The yucca makes them crispy on the inside yet still soft, creamy, and delicious on the inside. This is will be my go-to fish cake recipe from now on. Muchas gracias Erica, la receta estuvo deliciosa!


44 Erica May 27, 2013 at 9:01 PM

This may sound nuts but can I substitute heavy cream with sour cream. I am trying to cut down on cholesterol big time.

Many Thanks


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