Fish Cakes with Cucumber Relish

Fish Cakes recipe - The Cook's Pantry


Matt Sinclair


  • 1 kg firm white fish, skin off
  • 1 tin red curry paste
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced (chiffonade)
  • 1 bunch broccolini, finely sliced


  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber
  • 1 long red chilli
  • 1 golden shallot
  • 1 inch piece of ginger



  • Combine water, vinegar, caster sugar and salt in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Quarter the cucumber lengthways, remove seeds and finely slice into small wedges. Combine in a bowl with finely diced chilli, shallot and a julienne of ginger. Pour vinegar mix over, leave to infuse while preparing the fish cakes.
  • Place fish fillets, curry paste, egg, sugar, fish sauce and kaffir leaves in a food processor and blend into a paste.
  • Transfer fish mixture to a large bowl, add sliced broccolini and combine evenly with your hands (it is always a good idea to cook a small tester to assess the seasoning and overall flavour).
  • With wet hands shape cakes into 5cm rounds, approximately 50g per cake.
  • Heat oil in a large frypan over a medium heat and cook cakes in batches, approximately 2-3 minutes either side, until nice and golden. Drain on paper towel and season with a little salt.
  • Serve with fresh coriander and your cucumber relish on the side.

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