What’s for dinner? Tilapia cakes

I found this recipe in the May 2011 issue of Real Simple. it was one of those 10 things to do with _______ things, and that month it was about tilapia. We love tilapia around here because its relatively inexpensive, usually the kids like to eat it, and from what I can gather its a decent fish to eat….even though it is farmed.

You start by baking some fish in the oven


and then you break it up and mix it with dill, eggs, mayo, dijon mustard and panko breadcrumbs. You form it into cakes and then either pan-fry or bake until brown and yummy!


I served them tonight with a green salad with some mandarin oranges mixed in and roasted asparagus.


if you can believe it…..all three of my children ate it. Reid ALWAYS eats this. He loves it, and I try to make sure I make extra so he can have some for lunch the next day. Adam usually eats it….with ketchup. Dorothy never eats it. NEVER. (she doesn’t eat a whole lot of what I cook) but tonight I told her that there would be no (homemade, delicious) popsicles (that she loves) if she didn’t eat the dinner I cooked. So, she tasted it. First…with pepper, she wasn’t impressed. Second….with lemon, still not a winner. Third….with ketchup, not a success. the fourth bite was with ketchup and Tabasco. Finally! She liked it! She finished her tilapia cake without crying. This was a major success.

Dijon fish cakes

  • 4-six ounce tilapia filets
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup mayonaise
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 T chopped fresh dill. (I use dry)
  • 1 T Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

Season the fish with salt and pepper and bake at 400 until cooked through. 10-12 minutes. Let cool and flake

Mix together the mayo, eggs, dill and mustard, fold in the fish and then the panko.

Form into patties….I usually get about 12, and they’re about as big as my palm.

chill for at least 30 minuts in the refrigerator if you’re frying….it helps them to hold together.

I baked at 400 for about 10 minutes, or pan-fry for 3-5 minutes per side.

****this makes a great passover dinner. All you have to do is replace the panko with matzah meal.

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