Just the thought of these Asian inspired fish cakes makes my mouth water. They are so quick and easy to prepare, and served with fresh crisp cucumber make for a delightful summer meal. The kids love them too as they are not too spicy. If you prefer a stronger flavour, add a chopped fresh red chilli. Perfect for party finger food, but make sure you make a lot as they go fast.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
- ½ bunch coriander, stems and leaves
- ½ tablespoon chopped ginger
- 2 spring onions, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 lemongrass stem, chopped
- 3 tablespoons chilli jam or sweet chilli sauce
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 800 g salmon or firm white fish
- 100 g green beans, finely chopped
- coconut oil
- 2 Lebanese cucumbers, ribbons
- ½ tablespoon sesame oil or mirin
- sweet chilli sauce to serve
- lime wedges to serve
- Separate coriander leaves and stems and wash well. Retain leaves for serving. Place the ginger, spring onion, coriander stems, garlic and lemongrass in a food processor and blend until ingredients are finely chopped. Add chilli jam and fish sauce and blend again until the mixture becomes a smooth paste. Add the fish and pulse until combined into a fine mince.
- Stir in green beans and, using a tablespoon to measure, shape fish cakes using wet hands. Heat coconut oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat, then shallow fry in batches, cooking for 2 minutes each side or until cooked through.
- Remove from frying pan and drain on paper towel.
- In a bowl, toss cucumber ribbons with sesame oil or mirin (or a bit of both) and coriander leaves.
- Serve fish cakes with the cucumber, sweet chilli sauce and wedges of lime.
Tip: For extra favour, toss the fish cakes in sesame seeds before frying.
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