Buttermilk Fish Cakes with Fluffy Yeast Rolls

Buttermilk Fish Cakes with Fluffy Yeast Rolls
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Butter egg fish cake flour yeast water buttermilk

These buttermilk fish cakes paired with fluffy yeast rolls make a delightful and unique meal for four. The tanginess of the buttermilk complements the rich, savory flavors of the fish cakes, while the homemade yeast rolls provide a perfect, fluffy accompaniment.


  • 1 lb fish fillets (any white fish like cod or haddock)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110°F/45°C)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Poach the fish fillets in a pot of simmering water until they are opaque and cooked through (about 5-7 minutes). Remove from water and let cool slightly.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and melted butter. Gradually add the flour, whisking until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Flake the cooled fish fillets with a fork and gently fold them into the batter mixture.
  4. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and add a small amount of butter. Spoon the fish batter into the skillet, forming small patties. Cook until golden brown on both sides (about 3-4 minutes per side).
  5. In a small bowl, combine the warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until the mixture becomes frothy.
  6. In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture and melted butter. Mix until a dough forms.
  7. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
  8. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size.
  9. Punch down the dough and divide it into 12 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and place them on a greased baking sheet.
  10. Cover the rolls with a damp cloth and let rise for another 30-45 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  11. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Bake the rolls for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Brush the tops with additional melted butter if desired.

This meal brings together the delightful combination of crispy, tangy fish cakes and soft, warm yeast rolls. It's a perfect balance of textures and flavors that will leave your family or guests thoroughly satisfied. Enjoy!

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