Leftover Fish Cakes

These Thai style Fish Cakes are a great way to make use of leftover fish that you don’t really know what to do with. Whenever you have fish left over, freeze it in a bag and when you have enough, make fish cakes! Or just cook too much fish on purpose to get an excuse to make these goodies…

Ingredients

  • 400 grams cooked (boiled, steamed or oven baked) fish
  • 150 grams boiled potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 100 ml chopped fresh coriander
  • 100 ml chopped fresh mint
  • 3 Kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 cm fresh ginger
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsp corn starch (Maizena)
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 100 ml sesame seeds (or bred crumbs)
  • Vegetable oil (for panfrying)

Makes 4 portions

What to do

  1. Grate the zest (the peel) off the lemon and squeeze the juice out of it.
  2. Mix the mint, coriander, lime leaves, lemon zest, ginger and lemon juice in a blender.
  3. If you don’t have lime leaves it’s not a big deal, but they do add an extra level of freshness to the taste.
  4. Add the herb mix, fish, potatoes, the egg, corn starch and fish (or soy) sauce in a large bowl and mush it all together with your hands.
  5. Make 12 small patties and press them quite firmly.
  6. If you want to make fish burgers you can always make bigger and fewer patties, but be careful so they don’t break when you fry them!
  7. Pour sesame seeds or bread crumbs on a plate and pat the seeds or crumbs onto the patties.
  8. Heat 2 mm of vegetable oil in a hot frying pan (about 7 out of 9 heat-wise).
  9. Fry the patties about 5 minutes on each side until they become golden.
  10. Use a lid if you don’t want to clean grease from all over the stove or if you don’t have good ventilation…
  11. All done!
  12. Serve with some stir-fried vegetables (another great way to use leftovers, especially when the veggies have become a bit old and wrinkly…), rice, quinoa, a fresh salad or in a burger bun.
  13. Enjoy!

Curiosities

Eating fish is a great way to get Omega-3 fats which act anti-inflammatory, improve cardio-vascular health and help rejuvenate our brain cells. Fish is also one of the few foods that contain high quantities of Vitamin D that is vital for out bone health and immune system.

Reducing food waste is an important way to reduce our own impact on green house emissions. If emissions from food waste is compared to the emissions of countries, only USA and China have larger carbon footprints than that of food waste. And the consumers part of the food waste is made out of more than 35 % of this carbon footprint.

For further reading

FAO on Food wastage footprint

WWF on How to prevent food waste

Publié par Anna Caesar

Registered dietitian living and working in Chamonix, France.

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