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Make up a batch of these cod fish cakes whenever your fried food cravings strike!
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Air Fryer Cod Fish Cakes

These delightful air-fried cod fish cakes are healthier than deep-fried versions but just as tasty!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 35 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Air Fryer, Kid-Friendly, Seafood
Servings: 8 People
Calories: 183kcal
Author: Alison Borel


  • 1 pound cod fillets
  • 1 1/2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 cup quinoa cooked according to box instructions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 eggs mixed
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup green onions sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • 2 tablespoons almond flour or any other flour
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs


  • Pour about an inch of water into a skillet or wok and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Put the cauliflower in a steamer basket. Set the steamer basket over the boiling water and cook until tender, 4 to 8 minutes. You can use a sieve for this if no steamer basket.
  • Once the cauliflower has cooled enough to touch, chop it coarsely so it can mix well. You may chop it finely, but bigger chunks create more texture. Too big won't mix in well, either.
  • Bake cod 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool and then shred with two forks.
  • Mix the flaked fish, the cauliflower and the rest of the ingredients together well by hand. If the mixture is too crumbly, add another half egg. If too sticky, add quinoa or breadcrumbs.
  • Form patties by hand. Set up three bowls with each of the coating ingredients: flour, egg-white, breadcrumbs. Coat each of the cakes, rolling in the flour, then the egg-whites and then the breadcrumbs. Place the prepared fish cakes on a tray. They can be cooked after cooling in the refrigerator or stored for later use.
    If you have time, allow patties to rest in the refrigerator from one to 24 hours. This will help keep the shape.
  • Place in air-fryer and air-fry at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Flip and cook for another five minutes.


Cauliflower softens up well in a microwave also, but it takes nearly the same amount of time as stove-top steaming. 
Can be frozen. We recommend making the patties, placing parchment paper in between each one, then freezing in an airtight container or freezer ziplock bag. Defrost and cook! 
To bake: In a preheated oven at 350, cook one side for ten-15 minutes. Flip, and cook for another 10-15 minutes. Spraying the patties with cooking spray will provide a nice crisp on the edges.


Serving: 1Patty | Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 381mg | Potassium: 498mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 117IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4