Oven baked cod never tasted as good as it does with garlic and herbs, baked into the form of FISH CAKES! This light, easy and paleo friendly baked cod cakes recipe is a healthy fish dinner you’ll want to make again and again.
Serve with a flavorful marinara sauce for a light appetizer or low carb meal. Packed with Omega 3’s for extra BRAIN BOOSTING nutrients. Freezer friendly.
Wait… baked cod cakes? In October? Is that allowed? Um, yes! Yes, it is. As I sit here typing this post, the high is going to be 95F today. I cringe (and sweat). Just a little. But I see this two ways. I could complain about how Texas heat in October is so not fair when all I want to do is bake pumpkin in all the things.
OR… I could take advantage of warmer temperatures and make a “lighter” paleo fish recipe for the week. You know, to even out the salted caramel that is taunting me. Okay, I’m exaggerating a wee bit.
The fact is I made these paleo oven baked cod cakes a few weeks ago for meal prep. Gasp, I meal prepped! It’s true.
They made a perfect lunch companion to soup or even a grab and go high protein snack. Yep. DELICIOUS ya’ll!
One of the other reasons I absolutely love these oven baked COD fish cakes (or even salmon cakes for that matter), is the nourishment it provides.
Oven Baked Cod Cakes Nutrition
Nerdy nutrition time, ya’ll!
Oven baked cod is high in Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), as well as quality, lean protein.
Do you know that Omega-3 fatty acid (an essential fatty acid) can help to ease joint stiffness as well as reduce inflammation in your muscles post workout? It’s true!
Ya ya, I know. You’ve heard it all before. Fish does a BODY GOOD! In fact, I like to think that part of the reason my husband healed from a knee injury (without surgery) was due to the amount of fish I fed him! Can I take credit for that? Humbly, of course. LOL!
But, can I let you in on a secret? In regard to my love for oven baked cod cakes of course.
You see, by mid week I’m in need of a serious brain calming. Please tell me I’m not the only one. So much thinking, or in my case, OVERTHINKING. We get caught up in MUST DO ALL THE THINGS and then our brain kinda goes haywire. AM I RIGHT? You are nodding your head, aren’t you?! Haha.
Well, good news for us, overthinkers anonymous. Research has shown omega-3 fats may help manage boost your mood!
Um, this why they call fish the Happy Food or Brain Food. Omega-3s can aid in the production those “good mood” neurotransmitters, including dopamine and serotonin.
Think of it this way ya’ll… our brain is made up largely of fat. It needs nourishment in the form of healthy fats. Essential fatty acids (fat that our bodies cannot produce alone), such as omega-3s, help “feed” it to maintain proper function.
Case and point, even though Wild Caught Cod is a leaner (lower fat) fish, it still has a good source of Omega 3’s! Which makes this a light and healthy brain boosting meal. Oh and mood calming for me! Just what we all need in the middle of Fall craziness, yes?
You do realize that I just used up a lot of brain power right there, boasting about oven baked cod cakes and healthy fats. Which means I better make a double batch of these STAT! Come on you know you love my nerdy nutrition talks.
Okay ya’ll, it’s time to get to the GOOD part. Skipping the chatter to bake and eat all the COD! Like OH MY COD these are good.
What kind of fish is in fish cakes?
Traditional fish cakes (the kind that are popular in the UK) are made with a mixture of minced, salted fish (typically cod, haddock or pollack) and potatoes.
We use sizzlefish wild caught cod in our baked cod cakes.
It’s such a versatile white fish with non-fish taste. Which is why these heavenly herbs (like basil and thyme) are perfect with this light and flaky fish. Not to mention garlic. You can never go wrong with too much garlic. Am I right?Print
Oven baked cod with garlic and herbs makes amazing fish cakes! This easy, paleo friendly Baked Cod Cakes recipe makes a light appetizer or low carb meal.
- 7–8 ounces of Wild Caught Cod (see notes for substitutes)
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 to 3/4 cup almond flour (use more if you have less fish)
- 2 tbsp coconut flour (make sure it’s not clumpy)
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic (about 2 small garlic cloves)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 5 basil leaves (chopped and stems removed)
- 2 thyme sprigs (stems removed) or 1/4 tsp dried
- creamy Marinara sauce is optional. See notes for ingredients.:
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking tray with foil or grease it well.
- Next make sure your cod is washed, skinned removed, and then cut or pulled into small pieces. Similar to that of canned fish.
- In a small bowl, lightly beat or whisk your eggs.
- Next place your cod, flours, spices, and garlic a bowl. Add in your eggs and mix again.
- Fold in your herbs.
- After mixing, grab a handful (about 1/4 to 1/3 cup) of the batter and roll into a ball.
- Place on baking tray.
- Repeat until you have 6 cakes.
- Press cakes flat with hand or spoon. Cakes should be about 3 inches wide or so.
- Place in oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and you can see fish is no longer opaque.
- Remove and let cool.
- Season with extra garlic, salt, pepper, if desired.
For the Marinara Sauce
- This is optional. I mix 1/2 to 2/3 cup tomato sauce with 1 tbsp paleo mayonnaise and 1 to 2 tsp Tabasco or another hot sauce. You can also just add in red pepper flakes or paprika to spice it up.
- Feel free to double the batch. I would only use 3 eggs and not 4 if you do.
- These fish cakes freeze well.
- Don’t have cod? Try halibut or canned skipjack tuna (less mercury)
- Category: main, appetizer
- Method: oven
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 cod cake (without sauce)
- Calories: 136
- Sugar: 0.7g
- Sodium: 205.9mg
- Fat: 8.4g
- Saturated Fat: 0.6g
- Carbohydrates: 4.3g
- Fiber: 2.4g
- Protein: 11.3g
- Cholesterol: 76.2mg
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The garlic and herbs combined with the light texture of white fish make these oven baked cod cakes taste so fresh! No over powering fishy tasty. Even non fish eaters will like these. I promise! I tested those waters too. Pun intended.
Serve the cod cakes with a creamy marinara sauce, hot sauce, or even ranch. It’s all delicious.
My suggestion would be to make a few batches and freeze half. Oven baked cod cakes are great for lunches on the go, quick paleo meals, or high protein snacks!
Okie dokie. Let’s get some brain food and end the week on a mental high note. Capeesh?
Even tried oven baked cod cakes? Favorite brain boosting food? And….. go!