Heidi's Famous Kab Cakes Recipe

This is a great way to use any single fish or combination of fish. They are very similar to crab cakes but have freshwater fish instead of crab. The cakes have an outstanding flavor and are easy to make. The best part is that the recipe can be made in advance and then assembled at the last minute! We've dubbed this recipe "Kab" Cakes since they were first made with fresh fish from Lake Kabetogama. Make them with fresh fish from your favorite fishing spot!

Kab Cakes Recipe


  • 1 lb. uncooked fresh fish, chopped*
    (blue gill works best, but any fresh fish will work well)
  • 1 cup canned corn (or fresh sweet corn cut off the cob
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion*
  • 1/2 cup finely diced green pepper*
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery*
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp. dry mustard
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups plain bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1 package Hollandaise sauce mix


*To speed up the prep time at home, we sometimes use our Kitchen-Aid mixer with the food grinder attachment with the coarse blade to grind the fish, onion, green pepper and celery together.  The fish and vegetables will be chopped/ground to a uniform size very quickly!

If you do not have a meat grinder or maybe you're in a cabin with just the basics, simply combine the chopped fish, onions, green peppers, corn and celery in mixing bowl and toss well. 

In another bowl, combine mayonnaise with mustard and cayenne. Stir into fish mixture. Add salt and pepper. Use rubber spatula and gently fold in egg and approx. 1/3 cup of the bread crumbs. Chill (covered) the fish mixture for an hour.

Note: Fish mixture may be "soupy" Add more bread crumbs as needed.

The formed cakes before cooking.

Form the fish mixture into 8-10 patties and carefully cover patties with remainder of the crumbs.

Nicely browned kab cakes

Heat a non-stick, heavy aluminum or cast iron skillet; then add 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of butter.  Cook patties over medium heat (3 minutes per side).  Add more oil or butter if necessary.

Sauce: Follow the directions on the package. Spoon on to cakes when ready to serve.

Make them ahead in the cabin and enjoy them out on the lake!

I sometimes like to make the cakes up the night before, and store them in the freezer, uncooked.  In the morning, I pack them in my cooler and bring them with me.  After a few hours of fishing, I pull my boat up to an island and take out my gas grill and Kab Cakes and have a gourmet breakfast right there on the rocks!

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