I have attempted fishcakes before in my life - but not in the least successfully! :) I can't even remember what I did with them but I remember them falling apart horribly in the pan and we ended up eating fish mush for dinner. hehe
And so... during a web surf session last week - I saw a blog post for some fish cakes and I was inspired to try again.
I found a recipe I liked on the BBC website (who would have guessed lol) and got started. The whole process is a bit time consuming so I would definitely suggest making these on a weekend.
- 1 small onion , finely chopped
- 500g fish fillets, skinned
- 350ml white wine or fish stock
- 500g mashed potatoes
- parsley , tarragon or dill or a mix
- chopped to make 1-2 tbsp
- flour for dusting
- 1 egg , beaten
- fresh or dried breadcrumb , to coat
- oil for frying
These ingredients serve 4. I used about 900g of fish and 900g potatoes and it made 3 decent sized cakes each for 6 people.
So I cooked the fish in a pan with some butter, garlic, lemon juice and white wine... let it sort of simmer in until all the fish was cooked. Doesn't take too long. The recipe said to have de-skinned fish and I can tell you that would make things ALOT easier but de-skinning fish is not a skill I have mastered yet. So as mentioned - de-skinned fish would be easier because once the fish was cooked - I had to flake and try peel the bits of skin off TINY pieces of fish rather than whole fillets! hehe That took a while... I put the flaked fish in the strainer to try and make sure as much moisture as possible was taken out. I did gently push the flaked fish against the side of the strainer to "encourage" the moisture out. lol
While the this whole process has been happening, potatoes have been boiling away and mashed. The only thing I added to the potato was a bit of butter. I did not add cream or milk or anything. The mixture needs to be quite dry otherwise you won't really be able to form the pattys. *note* - I did underseason the mash and so make sure you add salt to your taste! ;)*
I mixed the fish into the mash, formed little cakes, then dipped them into flour - then egg - then crumbs. The recipe says to then leave the cakes in the fridge for half an hour to prevent them from falling a part in the pan. I think this helps to let them set.
Once the I was ready to cook them, I heated the pan with a bit of oil and lightly fried them. The good thing is, is that all the ingredients are already cooked so they don't need to cook long. I did find one recipe that used raw fish... but I prefer to cook the fish first. :)
I served these with baby potatoes and salad. :)
They were pretty easy to make and sooo good!
If you want to have a look at the recipe have a look at: