Salt Shaker Deli Salt Cod Fish Cakes

Indulge in a Maritime delicacy with these traditional Salt Cod Fish Cakes from Salt Shaker Deli! Made with locally sourced salt cod, tender potatoes, and sautéed onions, these crispy cakes boast a hearty flavour, perfect for any gathering. Enjoy them as a main dish or appetizer, paired with local chow chow!


5 lbs White Flesh Potatoes, peeled
3 lbs Local Salt Cod
1 lb White Onions, diced
6 oz Salt Pork Fatback, skin off, diced
1/2 cup Parsley, Finely Chopped
500 ml Milk
Flour, for dusting
Canola oil, for frying


  1. Soak salt cod in 4 litres of cold water for 6 hours, changing water twice. Once done, rinse, pat dry, and set aside.
  2. Boil potatoes in salted water until soft.
  3. Sauté pork fatback until crispy.
  4. Add diced onions; sauté until translucent.
  5. Poach salt cod in milk until tender and the cod flakes. Remove from milk and let cool.
  6. Combine potatoes, onion, and pork fatback in large bowl and mash together.
  7. Once mashed, gently fold the poached cod into the potato mixture, trying to keep the fish pieces whole.
  8. Add parsley and allow mixture to cool.
  9. Divide mixture into 5 oz portions and form into patties.
  10. Dust patties with flour and fry in canola oil over medium high heat until golden brown on each side.

Local Source Guide

Seafood: Available at Afishionado FishmongersClearwater Retail StoresComeau’s Sea Foods Ltd.Evan’s Seafood, and Fisherman’s Market International.
Produce: Masstown MarketNoggins Corner Farm MarketStirling Fruit FarmsUprooted Market & Cafe, or one of the many Farmers Markets of Nova Scotia locations.


Recipe provided by: Salt Shaker Deli
Photography provided by: Michelle Doucette Photography (

– This recipe is featured in our 2024 Taste of Nova Scotia Culinary Guide

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