Smoked salmon and sweet potato fishcakes

  • serves 8
  • Easy

Sweet potato makes a great low-GI, healthy alternative to regular potato. Use it to make these easy smoked salmon fishcakes - spiked with ginger and coriander for a modern update.



  • sweet potatoes 900g, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • olive oil
  • lightly smoked salmon fillets 450g
  • leeks 250g, finely sliced
  • root ginger 40g, grated
  • butter 25g
  • capers 1 tbsp, drained and chopped
  • coriander a good handful, shredded
  • soured or cream 1 tbsp
  • plain flour for dusting
  • sunflower oil for frying
  • lemons 2, cut into wedges


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 200c/fan 180c/gas 6. Put the sweet potatoes in a roasting tin with a splash of olive oil and season well. roast until very soft and just turning golden brown around the edges 30 minutes. While the potatoes are roasting, season the salmon and bake in the oven at the same temperature. The potatoes and fish should cook for about the same length of time, but remove the salmon if the potatoes are taking longer.

  • Step 2

    Sauté the leeks and ginger in the butter until just soft – don’t let them brown.

  • Step 3

    Once cooked, remove from the oven and put the potatoes into a big mixing bowl. Use a knife to break them down into smaller chunks (but don’t mash them).

  • Step 4

    Add the leek and ginger mixture, capers and coriander to the bowl and mix together. Remove the skin and any small bones from the salmon, flake the fish, then add to the rest of the mixture. Bind the ingredients with the soured cream, judging the consistency, which needs to be firm to the touch, not sticky. Season again, and add more seasoning, capers, coriander or soured cream, to suit your taste.

  • Step 5

    Form the mixture into 8 balls. lightly dust with the flour and press gently to flatten.

  • Step 6

    Heat the oil and carefully shallow fry the fishcakes on both sides until golden brown and crisp. After each one is cooked, pat with kitchen roll to absorb any excess oil. Squeeze over the lemon. Serve with salad.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 317
  • Carbs 23.7g
  • Protein 16.5g
  • Fat 18.1g
  • Salt 2.95g
  • Fibre 3.1g