It’s school holidays – and we can just image that mums and dads across the country are frantically finding tasks for their children to occupy themselves with. Anything but the dreaded words – ‘I’M BORED”. That is why Don Hancey, WA Seafood Ambassador, has created this extra tasty (and simple) dish the whole family can get involved in. The plus side – it’s packed full of vitamins and omegas. Win for the kids, win for ma & pa.

Fish cakes – the end result.


  • 500g potatoes washed, skin on
  • 440g marinated Australian salmon OR any WA  fish  fillets lightly steamed, broken into small chunks
  • 1 small onion, peeled, finely chopped
  • 2 medium sized carrots finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • half a cup of chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 20ml (1 tablespoon) lemon juice
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 40ml (2 tablespoons) milk
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 3 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • Rice bran oil or WA canola oil, to fry
  • Mayonnaise, to serve


Step 1

Cut the potatoes into petite chunks. Boil or steam until tender, then mash/smash  until semi smooth. Transfer to a large bowl to cool.

Step 2

Drain the salmon, or any other WA fish fillets, flake into smallish pieces once the fish is steamed.

Cool down fish  & add to the potatoes with the onion, celery, carrot, dill, parlsey  and lemon rind and juice. Season with WA salt and pepper. Mix well together, then use your hands to form into 8 smallish fish cakes. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Step 3

Lightly fry till golden brown in WA canola oil or rice bran oil.

Sprinkle with salt.

Add a little lemon mayo on top.

Chefs Tips

  • This is a great way to get kids to eat healthy WA  fish and veg  in a small cake
  • Add a little guacamole  on top of fish cake, or fine diced cucumber on top of the mayo
  • Add a bit of fresh chopped chili to the mix to spice up your day


Perfect with a:

  • Swan Valley verdelho
  • Margaret River chardonnay
  • Great Southern citrusy Riesling
  • Ice cold WA craft  beer
  • Grumpy fish  gin and tonic
  • Crisp WA  cider