Quick Cod Cakes and Tangy Red Pepper Sauce

Quick Cod Cakes and Tangy Red Pepper Sauce
  • 4Servings


  • 1 quart (4 cups) milk
  • 2 pounds cod fillets, cut into chunks
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Grated peel of 1 lemon and juice of 2 lemons, plus lemon wedges for serving
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram or oregano
  • A few dashes hot pepper sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons grated onion and its juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated or minced
  • 2 cups cracker crumbs or breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), for frying
  • 3 roasted red peppers, patted dry and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 4 cups arugula or watercress


In a medium saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer over medium heat. Add the cod and bay leaf and cook for 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fish to a large bowl and flake with a fork. Season with the lemon peel, half of the lemon juice, the parsley, Old Bay Seasoning, marjoram and hot sauce; season with salt and pepper. Add the onion and two-thirds of the garlic, then add half of the cracker crumbs and the eggs; stir to combine. Divide the mixture into quarters and form 3 patties from each quarter (12 patties total), about 3 1/2 inches wide. Coat the patties in the remaining cracker crumbs.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1/4 inch olive oil over medium heat. Add 6 patties at a time and cook, turning once, for 6 minutes.

Using a food processor, mix together the roasted red peppers, yogurt, dill and remaining lemon juice and garlic; season with pepper. Serve 3 patties per person, with the sauce, lemon wedges and arugula.