Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Fish Cake Feast

After the inspiration I had last week with the pies and lamb, I have been very hard pressed to come up with something new and tasty.

My family like fishcakes and I love to make them, but I don't think I have made them the same way twice -ever. I always use what I have on hand and am pleasantly surprised that they always come out trumps! Sometimes I will use tinned fish, other days minced hake or even smoked snoek.

We have been a one car family for a few days now (Hubby's car is in for a major service) and so I have not been able to get to the shops to buy much. But life still goes on, and supper must be made.

On my last visit to the fishmonger, I picked up a large fillet of Butterfish and have had it freezing for a while - just as well, it made the best fishcakes ever!

Butterfish cakes

1kg Butterfish
Steam the butterfish with ginger and lemon until just cooked.

In the food processor together with the cooked fish add :

8 Spring Onions roughly chopped
15ml Cornflour
1 Egg
10ml Chilli Powder
20ml Fish Sauce
10ml Sweet Chilli Sauce
Juice of 1 Lime
Lemon Pepper
5ml Sesame Oil

Process until smoothish (you don't want pate, but the onions must be chopped well).

Cool the mixture in the fridge for an hour.
Make patties with the mixture, depending on the size you want.
Roll the patties in bread crumbs.
Fry in medium hot oil until golden brown.
Place in a warm oven while you cook the remainder of the patties.

Serve with chips and salad.

These are also great cold and perfect for lunch boxes and picnics.

4 comments:

justfoodnow said...

Hi, do you ever bake them in the oven?

Oh yes, I live one block down from the Cape Mediclinic in Oranjezicht - don't know how your meter works, but it tells me I live in Parow!!! Why does it do that? I would love to have it on my site which is why I ask :)

As usual - your site is super.

Rose&Thorn said...

Just - I thought about baking them, don't know if they will hold their shape - they are quite soft in the beginning.
I think it logs in as to where your service provider number is. I am with MWEB, and they are in Parow so I think it takes that number.

Jeanne said...

Oh Rose! Butterfish fishcakes sound so incredibly decadent. I haven't found anything quite liie butterfish over here in the UK and I do miss it so. Wonderful recipe. My mom used to make fishcakes with tinned pilchards a lot which I loved as a kid.

Rose&Thorn said...

Jeanne - Strange you should say decadent. Butterfish is usually half the price of hake at the fishmonger! I actually bought it because it was so cheap! Go figure!

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