Spicy Salmon Fish Cakes

Spicy Salmon Fish Cakes

salmon fish cakes

Making these was such a last minute idea that when I realized i had everything I needed in my fridge/pantry, I knew the gods really wanted me to make them. The first time I made these, I remember thinking what it would taste like with some African spices but the thought was fleeting and I was not going to experiment that night seeing as I made it for a guest. Last week however, I made these for myself and family and it was a good time to experiment after all family would always tell you the truth right? So pepper soup seasoning and uyayak pods in hand, I set out to make my naija fishcakes and the results where amazing! Served with a fresh salsa, it add an acidity that was needed to balance the flavors of the fish. Overall it was am amazing experiment and I would make these more often around my home. Try it and let me know what you think lovers!

salmon fish cakes

Serves 2-3
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 8 minutes
Total time 38 minutes
Meal type Appetizer
spicy salmon fish cakes. african


  • 4 Medium potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 2 salmon fillets (defrosted if frozen)
  • handful fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 scotch bonnet
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pepper soup spice
  • 1 " uyayak pod.


Step 1 Peel and wash the potatoes. Dice them into bite sized pieces and boil in salted water for 10 minutes or until it is very soft.
Step 2 Dry rub the salmon with salt, pepper and ½ of the pepper soup spice. Place an oiled pan on a separate burner and place the salmon filet on it. Cook on each side for 4 minutes.
Step 3 Add the diced onion, bell pepper, and scotch bonnet peppers into the pan and cook on low heat till they are all cooked through. About 3 minutes.
Step 4 In a bowl, add the potatoes and mash them until they are fully mashed. Add the fish and using a fork, flake it until it is in small pieces. Add the diced vegetables. Fresh parsley and remaining pepper soup spice.
Step 5 Add the egg to the bowl and mix using your hands till all the ingredients have been properly mixed. Taking a piece at a time, make them into small sized balls and press them down to form circles.
Step 6 Heat a frying pan and pour about 3 tablespoons of oil. Place the cakes one at a time into the pan. Do not overcrowd. Fry for 5 minutes and carefully flip to the other side and continue frying.
Step 7 Repeat till all the fishcakes are done. Serve with Salsa, a cold salad or alone as appetizers.


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  1. that would def. taste good, would really love to try it……well done lohi.
    p.s when i first saw your name ‘lohi’ i thought you were south african, lol.

    • Haha really what does Lohi mean in your language? its a short from of my name. 🙂

      • I’m a Nigerian (smlies), i also live in Nigeria, when i saw the name, SA was the first place that dropped in my mind….I mean i was like- omg! she’s interested in our food! lolz . came across this blog last month, and i just could not wait for the next post….its really cool. well done lohi!

  2. Lol I must be living under the rock, never heard of these till now. they look yummy though and like something I’d like since I just started giving fish a try in my life.

  3. Hey Lohi, I came across your blog last night and I just keep coming back and browsing. I remember a Nigerian dish and do a quick search on the site and lo and behold Lohi has a recipe for it. Well I am planning a treat for my hubby for valentines day and I am planning to do fish cakes as an appetizer, ayemashe and rice with plantain as main and crepes with bananas and ice cream for dessert. I will be using your recipes. So will give an update after valentines. I must say I am really impressed, you are a good writer, and to me what has held my interest is not just the mouth watering pics of the food or the easy to follow recipes but also your writing style Keep up the good work. #newlywed#naijabride#livinginhouston

  4. So this is my update from valentines, using this recipe and the designer stew recipe. Lohi the food was amazing, I loved it and my husband was just singing my praises. The steps were easy to follow. Thanks a lot. Today Made grilled croaker fish using your grilled fish recipe (the one with tarragon) and once again hubby loved it, he compared it to something that he extremely enjoys… Thanks a lot!!! Look forward to more recipes on here and your cook book. Have a fab week

    • OMG Shola!!! You just made my day!!! I was having such a “bad” day and reading your comment just made me smile sooo much and I even had tears in my eye! thank you so much for the kind words! God bless you and the hubby!!!

  5. Omaemihe Says: July 4, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Amazing…I’m a foodie! So glad I found you.

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