Southwest Cod Cakes with Mexican Sweet Rice

5 from 3 votes

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This is what I made for dinner tonight! Looks yummy, right?! Well, the recipe is below!
After a looooooong drive in a car packed tight…..
and after I ran my race……
WE MADE IT! It was a long few days, but we’re here and getting settled now. Never before have I been so happy to arrive at any given destination.

Anyways, as I said before, this is what we had for dinner tonight and they were a big hit! My mother-in-law wanted me to make dinner and I (of course) agreed to. This is what I came up with and everyone ate it all up (except for my daughter who decided her food was better suited on the floor). Her loss. So, these little cod cakes are really healthy and full of flavor, especially when you eat them with a few extra things like warm black beans, sweet rice (recipe below!), and avocado salsa. YUM! A huge hit in this house… didn’t even taste or smell like fish, either! Now THAT is a big accomplishment. So, if you find cod is on sale, pick up a lot and make these! It’ll be worth it!

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5 from 3 votes

Southwest Cod Cakes with Mexican Sweet Rice

Southwest Cod Cakes are a healthy and tasty dinner and pair deliciously with black beans and Mexican sweet rice on the side.
servings 12 Large Servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper finely diced
  • 2 1/2 lbs cod filet cooked and flaked
  • 1/4 cups cilantro chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chili powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs 

Mexican Sweet Rice (yield 4-6)

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube I used Knorr
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped


  • Heat large skillet to medium heat. Melt butter and sauté onions, garlic, and red pepper until soft, 7-10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In large bowl, combine remaining ingredients and cooked vegetables together. Form palm-sized patties by pressing mixture in between hands. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Serve with sweet rice, black beans and/or avocado tomato salsa.   

Mexican Sweet Rice

  • In large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Sautee onions until soft, 5-7 minutes. Stir in rice to coat grains in butter. Increase temperature to high and stir in bouillon cube, water, bay leaf, salt and pepper.
  • Once rice has come to a boil, reduce heat and stir in sugar. Cook covered on low heat 20 minutes or until rice has softened completely. Stir in chopped cilantro right before serving.


Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 479mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 539IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Southwestern
Keyword: cod cakes

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  1. Susan

    5 stars
    Just made both these recipes, they were DELIGHTFUL! Thanks for sharing! Side note…..they paired ‘perfectly’ with a nicely chilled verdelho from a local winery. MMMMM!!!!

  2. Jackie

    Hi Lauren

    I have a few questions about your recipes. !. How did you cook the fish to use in this recipe. 2. I do not like cumin, is there another spice I can use in this recipe. 3. With the 1/4 cup of sugar in the rice recipe, does the rice taste too sweet.