Cod and potato burgers

I am a bit late today, because I was in Chicago during the weekend meeting up with family and showing baby A. off: she walks now and had a ball at millennium park splashing around the Crown fountain and at the beach people watching and splashing about on the shore.

The recipe I’m sharing today is inspired by a dish my mother used to make often when we were young: cod layered with potatoes. I lowed it very much as a kid for its simple flavors. As I grew older and started making it myself, I started adding a spoonful of capers to add another layer of flavors, and a couple of months ago I had the idea of transforming it into burgers. It is now a bit of a classic.

They use only a handful of ingredients and are very quick to put together, particularly if you have leftover boiled or baked potatoes. Yet the use of capers and pickled lemon as seasoning, give the dish a whole new depth of flavors by introducing notes of acid, pop of saltiness and just a touch of sour to give a counterpoint to the fishiness of cod and the of simple earthiness of the potatoes. Give it a try and you won’t be disappointed.


  • 1 lb boiled potatoes (baked would work too)
  • 1 lb raw cod
  • 1/2 tbsp capers
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1/2 pickled lemon
  • salt
  • pepper
  • panko breadcrumbs
  • olive oil


  1. Chop the raw fish roughly with the capers, onion and pickled lemon using the pulse function of a food processor.
  2. Mash the potatoes and mix in the chopped fish mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste and form into patties. If the mixture is too wet, you can add a couple of spoons of breadcrumbs. If it is too dry, you can add a bit of mayo.
  3. Coat the patties using the panko breadcrumbs and place on an oven sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and bake in a 375F oven for about 30 minutes or until golden brown, turning over once to get even browning and cooking.
  4. You can serve with a light mixed green salad and a bit of tartar sauce or lemony mayo on the side.
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