Salmon and haddock fishcake on buttered spinach with sorrel sauce



For the fishcakes

  • 350g/12oz smoked, undyed haddock fillets
  • 225g/8oz salmon
  • milk, for poaching the haddock (seasoned with ½ onion, 1 sliced carrot, 1 bay leaf, 4 peppercorns and 2 cloves)
  • 350g/12oz dry mashed potatoes
  • 115g/4oz melted butter
  • 2 small onions, finely diced and sweated in butter
  • 3 tsp anchovy essence
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 3 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp chopped dill
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • flour, for coating
  • egg, beaten, for dipping
  • breadcrumbs from white or brown bread
  • 85g/3oz butter, for frying

For the spinach

For the sorrel sauce

  • 475ml/¾ pint fish stock
  • handful of sorrel, washed and wilted in butter and finely chopped, following instructions for spinach
  • 150ml/¼ pint cream


  1. Cook the haddock and salmon in seasoned milk (onion, carrot, bay leaf, peppercorns and two cloves) until cooked.

  2. Remove from the milk and, when cool enough to handle, flake the fish, discarding any skin or bone. Combine the haddock with the potato, butter, onions and anchovy essence in a mixer with a dough hook, then fold in the salmon, eggs, parsley and dill by hand until well combined (do not overmix).

  3. Season to taste. If the mixture is too dry at this point add some of the haddock poaching milk.

  4. Divide the mixture into four equal amounts. Dip in the flour, then the egg and finally the breadcrumbs and shape into patties. Refrigerate for two hours before use. Pan-fry in butter for five minutes each side, then keep warm in the oven.

  5. Melt the 15g/1oz unsalted butter in a shallow pan. Once the butter is hot and foaming add the spinach and gently heat until the leaves have wilted. Remove from the heat and roughly chop the leaves.

  6. To make the sorrel sauce, heat the fish stock until it has reduced by half, add the cooked sorrel and cream and gently heat until warmed through. Serve the fishcake on a bed of spinach and pour the sorrel sauce over the top.