Crispy Lemon-Thyme Fish Cakes (paleo, GF)

Paleo Crispy Lemon-Thyme Fish Cakes (GF)- a restaurant-quality way to eat healthy fish. | Perchance to Cook,

I’ve been wanting fish lately but not the way that I normally prepare it. Do you ever just get bored of your food routine? Normally I bake fish in the oven drizzled in some lemon, which is great, but today I wanted something different. Then fish cakes popped into mind. I had never made them before, so I was up for the challenge.

I wasn’t exactly sure how to start. I thought of flavors that I love with white fish, such as garlic, lemon, and thyme… And before I knew it, these Crispy Lemon-Thyme Fish Cakes were born. These are so delicious that I felt like I had gone out to dinner and ordered them. I could just gobble them all up in one sitting!

Paleo Crispy Lemon-Thyme Fish Cakes (GF)- a restaurant-quality way to eat healthy fish. | Perchance to Cook,

To start, I cooked the tilapia in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. I then used two forks to break apart the fish into small pieces.


Then, I mixed together the lemon juice, eggs, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, thyme, and mustard in a separate bowl. I added the tilapia and 1/2 cup of almond flour to the mixture and mixed it all together with a fork.


After that, I put 1 cup of almond flour in a plate. I formed patties/ little cakes out of 1/4 cups worth of the meat and then covered each cake with almond flour. Then, I put them in the fridge for 30 minutes, so that they would hold together better.


After the half hour was up, I heated up some olive oil over medium-high heat in a large pan and cooked each side of the fish cake for 4 minutes each. This was just enough time for each side to become golden and crispy.


These Crispy Lemon-Thyme Fish Cakes transform regular fish into something unique and delicious. They were awesome on a salad with some homemade vinaigrette.


Now that I know how easy these are to make, I’m anxious to try to make fish cakes out of tuna and salmon.


If you love crab cakes and fish in general, then you’ll love these!

4.8 from 4 reviews
Crispy Lemon-Thyme Fish Cakes (paleo)
Serves: 3-4
  • 1.3 pounds tilapia ( 6 filets)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme ( I removed the leaves from the stick until I had 1 tsp of thyme)
  • 1 Tbs horseradish mustard
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1½ cup almond flour
  • 1-1.5 Tbs olive oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cover a cookie sheet in aluminum foil and put some olive oil on the surface of the aluminum foil. Place the tilapia filets on top and cook for 20 minutes.
  2. Once the tilapia is out of the oven and has cooled a little, use two forks to break apart the fish into little pieces.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the lemon juice, eggs, onion powder, garlic powder, mustard, salt, pepper, and thyme together with a whisk until well blended. Then add the fish and ½ cup of almond flour to the mixture and mix well with a fork.
  4. Put 1 cup of almond flour on a plate.
  5. Using a ¼ cup measuring scoop, scoop some of the fish mixture and form it into a pattie/ cake in your hands. Dunk the top and bottom of each cake in the almond flour mixture that is on the plate and then place the finished fish cakes on a separate plate.
  6. Put the fish cakes in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  7. Once the 30 minutes is up, heat 1 tbs (add more if you think you need it) of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
  8. Cook each fish cake for 4 minutes, then flip and cook for another 4 minutes. Each side should be golden and crispy.
  9. Remove them from the pan and place on a paper towel before serving.
  10. Makes 8 fish cakes


20 thoughts on “Crispy Lemon-Thyme Fish Cakes (paleo, GF)

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  2. Very tasty! I made a few moderations (dried instead of fresh thyme, blended oatmeal instead of almond meal, and no mustard). Oh, and I steamed the fish instead of baking. A little squeeze of lemon on top gives it that extra something. I will say it is messy and time-consuming (for me, anyway). But if you make a huge batch and store it in the freezer, totally worth it. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. It was a bit messy for me too, I’m hoping that each time I make it, it gets faster. Great idea to store it in the freezer!

  3. I’m a newbie of the Paleo diet thinking I would never be able to concoct a dish so delicious that the hubby and I could agree on. But in response to several medical issues, I have found Perchancetocook an excellent tool – I have cleaned out the pantry and tried to limit our diets to Perchancetocook’s recommendations and I’m thankful for the grocery list, the details that are offered, and knowing that the recipes are well thought out and tested….and beautifully presented!
    Discloser alert- I’ve known Dominque for years and know that whatever she sets out to do-she does it 100%….the presentation and details and recommendations for the vendors are top notch.
    Thanks!! Looking forward to this new challenge!

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words! I really appreciate the feedback. 🙂 I’m really glad you enjoyed the fish cakes and the grocery list information.

    1. Ya, I think it’s ok to refrigerate for 24 hours as long as it’s wrapped in cling wrap. 🙂

  4. Thanks for this! I’ve been trying to figure out how to make gf, paleo fish cakes well for years. Recently I’ve understood thatt potatoes are not an option for me also. Looking for inspiration on how to hold my sucker cakes together last night, I came across your blog. Simple answer, almond flour. Finally, perfect fish cakes! I’m excited to make them the first post of my brand new food blog – coming soon! Cheers, to happy food adventures!

    1. I’m so happy to hear it! I use almond flour for everything! In meatballs… and in fish cakes 🙂 I look forward to seeing your post!

  5. These were crispy and light and perfect for lunch. I made a garlic-dill aioli dipping sauce to go with them. Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Sorry for the delayed response… I was on my honeymoon 🙂 Thank you for the comment. A garlic-dill aioli sounds perfect for these fish cakes… yum!!

  6. Another “hit”, Dominique; very tasty & easy to cook. Though I had to use cod because Waitrose didn’t stock tilapia. I’d also mix the fish with a mashed potato & be more sparse with the expensive almond flour as I ended up having to throw half a cup away afterwards.

    1. Great idea! I ended up using all of the almond flour, so maybe I just ended up really coating mine more? I love the idea of using potato though!

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