Stuart Miller of Meal Makers gives us this delicious, and easy to make, recipe for salmon fishcakes.

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With the annual avoidable food waste for the Edinburgh City Council area being 33,000 tonnes - that’s the equivalent of 74 million meals per year or the weight of 165 blue whales - Zero Waste Scotland have put together a collection of easy to make recipes to help reduce the food waste in your home and make the most of the foods you love.


  • 250g leftover mashed potato
  • 2 tbsp of any herbs (parsley, dill and chives work particularly well)
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 lemon with 1 tbsp juice squeezed and 1 tbsp zest grated
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2 salmon fillets or 1 tin (213g)
  • 1 tbsp heaped plain flour
  • 75g homemade breadcrumbs
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Salmon fish cakes

1. Mix the potato, mustard, lemon juice and zest, herbs and seasoning.

2. On a baking sheet, season the salmon with salt and pepper. Grill for 5-6 minutes until just cooked. Allow to cool, remove skin and break into large flakes.

3. Mix the salmon into the potato mixture, taking care not to let the flakes break up too much. Form into four equally sized round patties.

4. Put the flour, beaten egg and breadcrumbs into three separate plates. Dip the patties into the flour (dusting off any excess), then dip in the egg, and then the breadcrumb to coat all over.

6. Fry the fish cakes in the sunflower oil over a medium heat for approximately 3 minutes on each side until the breadcrumbs are golden and the fish cakes are cooked through.

7. Serve the fish cakes with a sprinkling of lemon zest. We suggest cooked green beans and cherry tomatoes as a side.

Tip: We’ve used green beans and cherry tomatoes but any fresh or frozen vegetables will make a tasty accompaniment. If you don’t have sunflower oil just use olive or vegetable oil.

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