Norwegian Fish Cakes with Dill Mayonnaise


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Norwegian Fish Cakes with Dill Mayonnaise
Photo: © John Kernick
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 1/4 pounds skinless hake fillet, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • Kosher salt

  • Black pepper

  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup chopped dill, plus more for garnish

  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

  • Freshly ground white pepper


  1. In a food processor, pulse the hake until minced. Add the baking powder, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper and pulse until combined. With the machine on, add the cream and puree until smooth and light in texture, about 2 minutes.

  2. In a large nonstick skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Spoon 1/4 cup of the fish mixture into the skillet and flatten to a 1/2-inch-thick cake. Repeat 3 more times to make 4 cakes. Cook over moderately low heat, turning once, until golden and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the fish cakes to a platter and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining butter and fish mixture to make 8 more cakes.

  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir the mayonnaise with the 1/4 cup of dill and the vinegar and season with salt and white pepper. Serve the fish cakes with the dill mayonnaise and a sprinkling of chopped dill.

Make Ahead

The mayonnaise can be refrigerated overnight.

Suggested Pairing

Pair this dish with a white wine with brisk acidity.

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