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!

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Ingredients

(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

Directions

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.

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2 monicajane February 4, 2010 at 10:37 AM

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

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3 Erica February 4, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Thank you guys :)

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

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

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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..

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6 Erica February 4, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Sarah- Thank you :)

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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!

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8 Erica February 4, 2010 at 11:39 AM

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

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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! :)

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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.

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11 Anna February 4, 2010 at 2:11 PM

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

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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?

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13 Erica February 4, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Sandra- I used fresh cod.

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14 Erica February 4, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Thank you all!

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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

chris…

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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. :)

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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!

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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.

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19 doggybloggy February 4, 2010 at 4:55 PM

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

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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,

Gera

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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! :)

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22 Erica February 4, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Thank you everyone!

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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!

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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!

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

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

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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.

Best
SAUCY

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27 KennyT February 4, 2010 at 10:09 PM

The fish cakes you made look so crispy and yummy!

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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 :)

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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

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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.

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31 Erica February 5, 2010 at 7:21 AM

Thank you all! I truly appreciate your comments :)

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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.

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33 CARMEN February 5, 2010 at 8:27 AM

SE VE DELICIOSO , ME GUSTARIA PREGUNTARLE SI LO HIZO CON ATUN Y COMO CREE QUE QUEDARIA SI NO LO HIZO UN SALUDO

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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.

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

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

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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.

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37 Erica February 7, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Thank you for visiting!

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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 :)

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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.

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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.

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41 Olga February 18, 2010 at 6:51 PM

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

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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…..me gusta mucho experimentar con recetas….pero esta vez quiero ir a la segura….gracias

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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!

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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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