Salmon Footballs


When your child refuses to eat anything from a spoon, try making these nutritious finger foods. Great way to get little ones to eat oily fish, which is the best source of essential fatty acids, needed for brain development. Omit the salt and pepper for babies under one year.

Salmon Footballs
5 minutes
35 minutes
Best for
5 portions
Suitable for freezing


  • 1 medium potato, unpeeled (approx 150g)
  • 70g salmon fillet
  • A squeeze of lemon juice
  • A knob of butter
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp sweet chilli sauce (optional)
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • ½ tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp seasoned flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 50g breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil for frying
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (from one year)

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  1. Boil the potato in lightly salted water for 25 to 30 minutes until tender when pierced with atable knife.
  2. Drain and when cool enough to handle, peel and mash.
  3. Cook the salmon in the microwave for a couple of minutes with the squeeze of lemon juice and knob of butter. Flake onto a plate and leave to cool slightly.
  4. Mix the potato with the spring onions, chilli sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise and salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Fold in the flaked salmon, being careful not to break the fish up too much.
  6. Take tablespoonfuls of the mixture and form into small cakes. Dust in seasoned flour.
  7. Heat the oil in a non stick pan and fry the fishcakes for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until golden.
  8. You can shallow fry the footballs in 2 tbsp of oil but they won't keep their round shape so well. 


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  • Surprised no one has mentioned that the egg and breadcrumbs are not in the method.  Assuming its flour, then egg then breadcrumbs??

    17 Jan 2014

  • Hi can anyone help ? Do I fry them then freeze or freeze before I fry ?? And how and how long do I reheat for ? Do they need to be defrosted ? Please help me someone ! ☺

    26 Nov 2013

  • For those asking about freezing…
    I have made this recipe but made fishcakes instead of balls, uses almost exactly the same ingredients and that recipe said to FREEZE BEFORE COOKING (well… freeze before frying…still cook the potato and fish and make the mixture, make into balls and then freeze)

    Hope that helps :)

    I am going to try this way though as my little one didn’t like the texture of the fishcakes so hopefully these will turn out crunchier.

    18 Nov 2013

  • what is the alternative to salmon? (I would prefer some other fish)
    and what is the alternative to cooking it in microwave? (we don’t use microwave).

    16 Sep 2013

  • I made these for the first time today - I made extra - which I have subsequently eaten myself!! My baby cannot get enough of them - fantastic tasty finger food - really easy too.

    05 Feb 2013

  • once you have frozen them how long do you cook them and what temperature should you put oven at thank you

    31 May 2012

  • Once you have frozen them, what temperature do you put oven at and how long do you cook them for

    31 May 2012

  • I always cook then freeze this sort of thing.  Heaps quicker to just zap frozen cooked items in the mircowave.

    11 Jul 2011

  • I have a stupid question!!
    Do you cook the footballs before freezing?
    Our 10 month old has suddenly decided to refuse the spoon. These are daving the day - though without a deep fat fryer it would be handiest if I could batch cook before freezing.

    07 May 2010

  • I have just made my first batch of salmon footballs!  I had to try one to see what they were like and they are really yummy! Would be lovely for adults with sour cream dip!

    I have one query, would you cook them then freeze them or freeze them then cook them?  I couldnt quite decide when would be best to freeze them?

    Suggestions anyone?

    30 Apr 2010

  • My only advice would be to either double or quadruple the ingredients as these are a definate winner with toddlers and it saves you making a new batch every week!!

    Don’t forget to roll in the egg then the breadcrumbs after the seasoned flour, this part seems to be ommitted from the recipe above??
    17 Jan 2009