Norwegian Fish Cakes

Source: Food and Wine (Magnus Nilsson)

Yield: 12 cakes


  • 1 1/4 pounds skinless hake fillet, cut into 1/2-in pieces
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • =Instructions=

In a food processor, pulse the hake until minced. Add the baking powder, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper and pulse until combined. With the machine on, add the cream and puree until smooth and light in texture, about 2 minutes.
In a large nonstick skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Spoon 1/4 cup of the fish mixture into the skillet and flatten to a 1/2-inch-thick cake. Repeat 3 more times to make 4 cakes. Cook over moderately low heat, turning once, until golden and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the fish cakes to a platter and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining butter and fish mixture to make 8 more cakes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir the mayonnaise with the 1/4 cup of dill and the vinegar and season with salt and white pepper. Serve the fish cakes with the dill mayonnaise and a sprinkling of chopped dill.