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Lemon & Pesto Fishcakes

Like many classic dishes, fish-cakes were originally born out of necessity as a means of using up leftovers. But these fish-cakes are so incredibly tasty they really are well worth preparing from scratch. Perfect as a light supper, serve with a simple salad, tartare sauce and some lemon wedges.

Categories: Fish, Pesto

Serves: 4 Preparation time: 50 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes



  • 350g Maris Piper or any other good mashing potato
  • 450g cod or haddock
  • 4tbsp Filippo Berio Tomato & Ricotta Pesto
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 egg
  • 4tbsp plain flour for shaping
  • 100g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 3-4 tbsp Filippo Berio Mild & Light Olive Oil


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C (fan assisted)/ Gas Mark 6.
  2. Cut the potatoes into even-sized pieces and place into a large pot of cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes or until cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, bake the fish in the oven for 10 minutes or until just cooked.
  4. Drain the potatoes and mash. Add the fish into the mash, breaking it up into largish flakes and gently fold in the Filippo Berio Tomato & Ricotta Pesto, lemon zest and mash again.
  5. Lightly wet your hands and shape the mixture into 4 cakes.
  6. Dip the cakes into flour, then the beaten egg and then the breadcrumbs. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  7. Heat the Filippo Berio Mild & Light olive oil in a large non-stick pan.
  8. Cook the fish cakes for 4-5 minutes each side over a medium heat until golden and cooked all the way through.

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Tomato & Ricotta Pesto

Based on an age old Sicilian recipe, Filippo Berio Tomato and Ricotta Pesto combines the sweetness of tomatoes with the rich smoothness of ricotta cheese, combined with fine Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Simple to prepare, memorable to experience.

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