Smoked haddock Scotch eggs

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Egg and fish cakes
Egg and fish cakes
  • Makes: 6

  • Prep time:

    30 mins to allow fish to chill
  • Cooking time:

  • Total time:

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

Woman's Weekly recipe A delicious alternative to the Scotch egg taken from the Woman's Weekly archives. This fishy version was first featured in a issue in 1940


  • 250g (8oz) smoked haddock
  • 150ml ( pint) milk
  • 30g (1oz) butter
  • 45g (1oz) flour
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3 medium hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • 125g (4oz) fresh white breadcrumbs
  • Oil, for deep-frying

Very tasty served hot or cold


  1. Put the fish and milk in a shallow pan, bring just to the boil, then cover and simmer for 5 mins, until fish is just tender. Take fish out with a draining spoon and leave to cool for a few mins.
  2. Make the hot milk up to 150ml ( pint) with more milk, if necessary. Pour into a small pan, adding the butter, bring to the boil, then whisk in the flour quickly to make a very thick, smooth paste. Cook for a min. Take it off the heat.
  3. Skin and flake fish finely into the sauce, with seasoning and nutmeg. Spoon the mixture on to a plate and spread it out evenly. Chill until its firm.
  4. Shell and halve the boiled eggs. Divide the fish mixture into 6 portions and place half an egg in the middle of each one. With floured hands, wrap fish mixture around egg to cover it completely, and then shape it into a round.
  5. Brush fishcakes with beaten egg (half the egg should be plenty), then coat them in breadcrumbs. Deep-fry in hot oil until golden brown about 4 mins. Drain on kitchen towel and serve warm (or leave to go cold) with salad.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 311(kcal)
  • Fat 18.0g
  • Saturates 5.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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