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An attempt was made to develop an acceptable fish patty using minced sheepshead flesh. Deboned and washed sheepshead flesh was mixed with varying proportions of sodium chloride (NaCl), sodium tripolyphosphate (TPP) and sodium alginate (NaAlg). The texture quality of cooked patties was determined by measuring breaking force and sensory acceptability. A regression analysis, performed to measure the effects of NaCl, TPP, and NaAlg as well as to try to determine the optimum combination of ingredients that produced the most acceptable product, showed that all texture responses were significantly influenced by the TPP level (α < 0.05). The breaking force and sensory firmness were strongly influenced by the NaAlg concentration (α < 0.01) which also influenced texture-preference (α < 0.05).