Sablefish Fish Cakes


  • 1 pound sablefish
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp panko, plus more for coating to cook
  • 2 green onions – thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch ground cayenne
  • Old Bay
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp butter


  1. Prep fish. Remove skin & bones if necessary. Slice into small cubes & transfer to a mixing bowl.
  2. Gently stir in egg, then sprinkle in flour, panko, scallions, salt & peppers over fish & stir.
  3. Scoop out roughly 1/4 cup fish mixture & use your hands to form into cakes. Transfer to a small sheet pan or plate. Sprinkle with Old Bay. Cover with saran & refrigerate for an hour.
  4. Pour some panko onto a small plate. Coat chilled fish cakes with panko.
  5. Heat a heavy pan over medium-high heat, melt in the butter & oil.
  6. Cook about 2-3 minutes per side, until golden & the fish is just cooked through.

Adapted from Seaforager based on Pat Conroy’s baby crab cake recipe from Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking.