Kidspot Kitchen

Kidspot Kitchen

Potato pancakes (Mock fish) recipe

Need a fast and tasty budget meal? Mock fish is a tasty potato pancake that will cost you less than $5 for dinner! Find more on Kidspot New Zealand.



  • 4 potatoes, peeled and grated
  • 1 onion, grated or finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1-2 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • vegetable oil for frying


Squeeze any excess liquid from the grated potatoes and place in a bowl with the onion, flour and one egg. 

Mix together well and season with salt and pepper. You may need to add another egg, depending on how wet the mixture is.

Heat enough oil in the base of a frying pan to shallow fry. Form the mixture into patties and fry until golden brown on both sides

Serve with a fresh garden salad for a light meal or make smaller patties and serve with sweet chilli sauce for dipping.


  • If you have a couple of rashers of bacon, you can dice them finely and add them to the mixture for extra flavour.
  • You really need to squeeze the moisture out of these potatoes. Using a new Chux cloth or paper towel is a great way to do it.
  • This recipe makes about 6 cakes as big as the palm of your hand.
  • If you leave this mixture to sit for any length of time, the potatoes give off more juice. The mixture will still be fine to use when this happens.

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