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5 Ingredient Pesto Fish Patties

These Pesto Fish Patties are made of only 5 ingredients and that includes the salt! It’s amazingly flavorful even with such few ingredients. This recipe is gluten, soy, nut and dairy free which is great for paleo and autoimmune protocol diets.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Beth Chen


  • 1 1/2 pounds Cod Fillets
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1/2 cup Arrowroot Flour
  • 3/4 cup Vegan Basil Pesto
  • 3 tablespoons Lard orAvocado Oil you can use any light oil that has a high smoking point
  • Lemon quartered (for serving)
  • Tarter Sauce optional, for serving


  • Bring a small stockpot filled with about 8 cups of water to a boil.
  • Add the salt to the pot and then stir to make sure that the salt has dissolved and been disturbed.
  • Next add the cod fillets to the water and boil for about 3-5 minutes or until flakey.
  • Turn off the heat and remove the fish from the water with a slotted spoon. Taking care to drain off as much water as possible.
  • Place the cooked fish into a mixing bowl and then let cool slightly.
  • Using a fork, flake the fish into smaller pieces and then add remaining ingredients to bowl.
  • Using a spoon or your hand, mix to combine.
  • Heat lard or oil in a medium to large sized frying pan for about 2 minutes.
  • Divide meat mixture into 8-10 sections.
  • Gently roll each section into a ball in your hands and flatten into a patty shape.
  • Carefully add formed patties to the hot oil and fry for 3-5 minutes per side, until browned and crispy to your liking. Take care not to flip the patties before they are ready. Repeated flipping will cause them to lose their shape. Also, you’ll need to cook them in batches as there won’t be enough room in one pan for all 8-10 patties.
  • Serve with tarter sauce and lemons.


Serving: 1fish cake | Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 627mg | Potassium: 351mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg