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How to Make Homemade Tilapia Fishcakes

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How to Make Homemade Tilapia Fishcakes

How to Make Homemade Tilapia Fishcakes

I love eating fishcakes in any form, especially when paired with different kinds of dips. Now, I tried making my tilapia version with store-bought apple cider vinegar and my homemade chili garlic oil. I enjoyed the combination of the sweetness and sourness of the apple cider vinegar, spiciness of the chilies, and the crunchiness of the vinegar. Learn how to make homemade tilapia fishcakes without frying. It's an absolutely delicious and healthy appetizer you can enjoy at home!


  • 1 1/2 cups tilapia, shredded
  • 1 cup potatoes, mashed
  • 1/2 cup carrots, mashed
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 piece egg
  • 1 piece ginger, inch size for poaching the fish
  • salt
  • pepper


For Preparing the Ingredients:

  • 3 Medium Bowls
  • 3 Small Bowls
  • Measuring Cups
  • Chopping Board
  • Knife

For Poaching the Fish:

  • Stock Pot
  • Strainer
  • Bowl
  • Masher or Fork

For Cooking the Vegetables:

  • Stock Pot
  • Strainer
  • Bowl
  • Masher or Fork

For Baking the Tilapia Balls:

  • Baking Sheet
  • Silicone Mat
  • Tong

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

55 min

1 hour 10 min

21 piece of Fish Cake


  1. Boil fish with ginger in water. Season it with salt. Drain and reserve the fish stock.
  2. Boil carrots and potatoes in a seasoned water. Cook until tender.
  3. Shred the fish while waiting. Set aside.
  4. Mash the vegetables in a bowl.
  5. Add the vegetables and other ingredients to the fish.
  6. Preheat oven to 180 ºC or 356 ºF.
  7. Use polvoron molder to form the fishcakes.
  8. Lay the fishcakes in a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or wax paper.
  9. Cook for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Turn the fishcakes once to evenly cook it.
  10. Serve it with your favorite dip or sauce.
Homemade Tilapia Fishcakes with Homemade Chili Garlic Oil and Apple Cider Dip

Homemade Tilapia Fishcakes with Homemade Chili Garlic Oil and Apple Cider Dip

Tips and Techniques

  1. Season the boiling water with salt to immediately add flavor to the fish and vegetables.
  2. Adjust salt and pepper based on your preference.
  3. Fry a small amount of the mixture so you can adjust the seasoning.
  4. Use a fork if vegetable masher is not available.
  5. Add ginger in the boiling pot to eliminate the fishy taste of the fish.
  6. Serve with other dips such as McDonald's tartar sauce.

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Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 24, 2018:

Hello Pamela,

I love Tilapia too. Most of the time we eat it as we can get fresh ones from my dad's fish farm. Try it, you will love it for sure!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 24, 2018:

I love tilapia, and this recipe sounds delicious. I plan to try this recipe as we eat tilapia regularly, but I have not made fishcakes before. Thanks.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 23, 2018:

Hi Bede,

Tilapia is one of my favorites. I enjoy grilled tilapia with salsa on the side. If grilled over a charcoal, just have enough oil on both side to prevent it from sticking. In case you will cook it in a grilled pan, maybe you can dust some breadcrumbs on it so it will have crust.

Bede from Minnesota on July 23, 2018:

I eat tilapia about once a week. I will definitely try this recipe, though I think I might try them on the griddle instead of oven-baked. Thanks for the interesting recipe.

Travel Chef (author) from Manila on July 23, 2018:

Hi Daniel and Amanda,

It tastes so good! You should try it. Thank you for commenting!

Daniel And Amanda from Florida on July 22, 2018:

Loved this recipe! Very interesting

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