Fish Meatballs Recipe with Potato Salad

Fish cakes with potato salad recipe picture
Fish cakes with homemade potato salad served on the plate.

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More Ideas with FishI am pleased to present my recipe for Fish Meatballs to you here. Perfect burger from fish, also called Bremer in Northern Germany, I serve you here with a homemade potato salad.

Fish fillets processed into meatballs are the classic possibility to use unequal pieces of fish in a wonderful way. The fish ingredients are quite freely selectable. That’s why grandma used to make these fish balls, just like certain fast food chains did.

Why are fish meatballs so popular: Without question the great hearty fine taste makes them so popular. They are also easier to digest and also healthier than their meat counterparts and a great alternative and variety in home cooking.

So, it’s worth trying it once. Danger of repetition is given. Have fun and good luck!

Bavarian meatballs glazed with veal jus and cucumber and potato salad. a recipe picture by food photographer Thomas Sixt.
My recipe for Bavarian Meatballs, glazed with veal jus and cucumber and potato salad I show you elsewhere.© Food Photographer Thomas Sixt

1. Which Fish is suitable?

I still remember my time as a young fisherman, we usually had an overstock of whitefish in the lake in summer and the bream and crucian carp were wonderful to catch. With this introduction I would like to answer the question right away, both freshwater fish and saltwater fish are suitable. In Bavaria and Austria, carp, pike-perch, catfish or even whitefish like to come to the fish plant, in the north we find cod, hake, cod and salmon in the fish mince.

Process fish fillets without skin and bones – the mincer reaches its limits with large bones.

Fish Patties
Fish cakes with potato salad. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer
You can prepare fish meatballs with freshwater fish or saltwater fish. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

2. Meat Mincer or Thermomix?

The miracle pot  is at best a kitchen cutter, the fish mince will be more even if you process it through the mincer.

Of course, the magic kettle will make the fish fillets small at some point, but heat is generated which causes the fish mass to coagulate.

If you can’t help it, I have a tip for you from the professional kitchen: Cut the fish fillets into small pieces, then put them back into the freezer, and only then chop them in the kitchen cutter.

Fish fillets through the meat grinder
Prepare the fish meatballs mass, process the fish fillets through the meat grinder.
Prepare minced fish: Process the fish fillets without skin and bones through the mincer, the classic method works best.

3. Bread and Onions through the Mincer or not?

In many recipes you will find soaked bread cubes and sweaty onion cubes as an addition to minced fish. In general you can:

  • Bread soaked and onions finely sliced and stewed

add whole to the minced fish or

  • Put soaked bread and cooked onions through the mincer.

For a long time now I have tended to use the second method, because it is sure to succeed. For this I let all ingredients go through the mincer and get an excellent malleable, even mass.

Shape fish planters
Shape the fish with damp hands.
Shape the fish balls with wet hands, the fish mince will be more even if you process all ingredients through the mincer. © Thomas Sixt Food PhotographerCanon EOS RP

4. Is Breadcrumbs required?

Use the breadcrumbs to stabilise the minced fish mass. The addition of breadcrumbs binds the mass better and so the meatball remains stable when fried in the pan.

The classic Bremer is always additionally dressed with breadcrumbs. Place the shaped loaves in the breadcrumbs for breading, then fry in the pan for frying.

Fish meatballs in breadcrumbs
Turn shaped fish meatballs in breadcrumbs before frying.
Crumb games are allowed: For better stability, turn the shaped fish meatballs into breadcrumbs before frying.

5. Does it even go in the Oven?

In breadcrumbs turned out loafs dry in the oven unfortunately. Without breadcrumbs the loafs don’t get a nice colour and I personally don’t like them.

My advice as a cook is, please fry them in a pan and then keep them warm in the oven at 150°C hot air for 10-15 minutes and cook through.

It tastes better fried in the pan!

You can easily freeze the finished planters or reheat them in the oven!

Fry fish meatballs in a pan
The fish meatballs while frying in the pan.
The fish meatballs when frying in the pan, this is how the typical and fine taste is created!

6. Side Dishes

Here are some ideas for suitable enclosures…

As a side dish, I’ve come up with an herb and mayonnaise potato salad. Because the wild garlic is easy to find, I show you the potato salad with homemade mayo and wild garlic. You can also use other herbs, more information can be found in the preparation below!

Fish cakes with potato salad
Mayo potato salad tastes great with wild garlic, use other herbs according to season. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer Canon EOS RP

7. Fish Meatballs Recipe with Wild Garlic Potato Salad

Now you are well prepared. Below you will find the exact quantities and preparation steps. I wish you good luck!

Fish Meatballs Recipe

Simple recipe for fish balls of the German kitchen, cooked, photographed and written down by professional chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 4 Portions
Calories 433
Total Time 80 Min.
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Fish cakes with potato salad recipe picture
Fish cakes with homemade potato salad served on the plate.


Preparation Time

40 Min.

Cook Time

40 Min.


For the Potato Salad with Herbs and Mayonnaise

500 g Potatoes (salad potatoes, bacony-cooked)
1 l Vegetable broth

Ingredients Herbs Mayonnaise

2 pc egg yolk
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbs lemon juice
4 pinches Salt
4 pinches Pepper
200-220 ml oil (half sunflower oil/olive oil)
1 bunch Herbs (wild garlic, parsley, chives, lovage, in season)

For the fish cake mixture

500 g fish fillets
1 pc yellow onion (or two shallots)
1 pc Garlic clove
80-100 g bread (white bread, rolls or other bread)
80-100 ml Cream (soaked bread cubes must be pressed out well!)
1 pc egg
1 tbs mustard medium hot or Dijon mustard
1 pc Lemon (fine abrasion + some juice)
3/4 tsp Salt
8 pinches Pepper
1-2 tsp dill (dried)
1 tsp thyme (dried)
100 g bread crumbs

For frying

50 ml sun flower oil (or ghee)


Prepare potato salad

Peel potatoes
Peel the potatoes with the peeler.

Wash and peel potatoes

Cut the raw potatoes into slices
Sliced, raw potato slices.

Cut peeled, raw potatoes into 4-5 mm thick slices and cook covered with vegetable broth until soft.

Mayonnaise ingredients bowl
Ingredients for the mayonnaise prepared in a bowl.

Place the mayonnaise ingredients in a bowl: egg yolks, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, lemon juice.

Mixing mayonnaise together
Homemade mayonnaise in a bowl.

Mix the mayonnaise ingredients with the hand mixer and slowly add the oil.

Cut herbs
Finely chop wild garlic or parsley for the potato salad.

Wash and cut the herbs, depending on the season you can use wild garlic, chives, parsley or lovage for the mayonnaise-herb potato salad.

Herbs and mayonnaise
Add the herbs to the mayonnaise.

Add the herbs to the mayonnaise and then chill.

Potato salad with mayonnaise and herbs
Potato salad with mayonnaise and herbs, please allow the potatoes to cool after cooking, only then mix.

Drain the soft boiled potatoes and allow to cool, then mix with the mayonnaise and chill.

Prepare fish meatballs

Fish fillets through the meat grinder
Prepare minced fish: Process the fish fillets without skin or bones through the meat grinder, the classic method works best

Clean the fish fillets without skin and bones and process through the mincer.

Minced fish
I simply call the minced fish fillets minced fish.

Chill the minced fish in the bowl briefly.

Onions in cream
Sautéed onion strips, boiled in cream.

Sauté onions in strips or diced with a little oil with the finely chopped garlic for 5 minutes. Then bring to the boil with the cream and place next to the stove.

Bread cubes
Chopped bread cubes on the kitchen board.

Cut the bread cubes into small pieces.

Bread, onions, cream
Boiled onions with cream and bread cubes in a bowl to soak.

Add the bread cubes to the cream and onions and mix. Leave to soak for 10 minutes.

Grind bread and onions
Process soaked bread with onions in a meat grinder.

Onions and soaked bread cubes almost cold through the mincer to the minced fish.

Fish meatball mass
The prepared fish cakes before mixing.

Add the egg to the minced fish mixture, season to taste with mustard, lemon zest and some juice, salt, pepper, dill and thyme and mix. Optionally, depending on the moisture level, stabilise the minced fish mixture with breadcrumbs.

Portioned meatballs
Pre-portion the fish cakes with an ice cream cutter.

Pre-portion the minced fish mixture with the ice cutter. I use a baking tray for this.

Shape fish planters
Shape the fish with damp hands.

Shape the fish cakes with moistened hands.

Molded Bremer on baking sheet
Place the shaped fish plants on a baking sheet.

Place the shaped loaves on the baking tray. Preheat oven at 150°C hot air stage.

Fish meatballs in breadcrumbs
Crumb games are allowed: For better stability, turn the shaped fish meatballs in breadcrumbs before frying.

Turn the fish loaves in breadcrumbs.

Fry fish cakes in a pan
The fish meatballs while frying in the pan.

Then fry on both sides in a hot pan with sunflower oil.

Fried fish meatballs on baking sheet
Place the fried fish meatballs on a baking sheet.

Place the Bremer on the cleaned baking tray and place in the oven for 12 minutes.


Serve the fish meatballs with potato salad
Serve the meatballs with potato salad.

Before serving, season the potato salad with lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Add the fish plantlets and serve. Bon appetit!

How to make the minced fish mass:

You can feel the right consistency of the fish mince when you are shaping the loaves. If the mixture feels watery, please mix it with a tablespoon of breadcrumbs and let it stand for a short time.

I needed 2 tablespoons of breadcrumbs for the above recipe, depending on the type of fish you can use more or less breadcrumbs.

If you are gluten intolerant, use corn starch, gluten-free breadcrumbs or gluten-free flour and oat flakes instead of the usual ingredients.

8. Calories and Nutritional Values

9. Frequently asked Questions

Which fish is suitable for fish meatballs?

You can use fish fillets without skin and bones of freshwater fish and saltwater fish. Popular are cod, salmon, zander, catfish, whitefish.

Successful fish meatballs in the oven?

It is advisable to first fry the fish loaves coated with breadcrumbs in a pan with oil.

Can I prepare fish meatballs in Thermomix?

The Thermomix is a kitchen cutter, for an even result cooking professionals process the fish fillets first in the mincer.

Which side dishes go well with fish meatballs?

Potato salad comes in many different varieties, as do tomato salad, cucumber salad, beetroot salad and colourful leaf salads.

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