When I first saw fish cake recipes. I thought. It should be the chewy smooth sort of fish cake. The ones you can find in Singapore. The ones that are made using fish and corn starch. These are nothing like the asian type of fish cakes. They are denser and slightly crispy. Fish cake, Fish frikadeller, Fish patties. However you want to call them. Easy, filling and pocket friendly.
I used canned tuna to make them. You can use salmon or any type of fish you prefer. Make vegetarian versions by removing the fish and add more vegetables and/or grains like quinoa or couscous for example. There is no fixed rule as to what you can or cannot add. I added A LOT of chives because I love the garlic flavour from the chives. Not the best to make for your 1st date but sure taste good. If you are not a big fan of chives, substitute it with some other vegetable of your choice!
This recipe yields 8 patties. I made them all one evening and had them for lunch the following couple of days. I had 2-3 patties per meal. Just the patties alone kept me satisfied for the rest of the day. Sometime after having lunch I have these “I NEED CHOCOLATE NOW!” kinda craving. Especially when lunch was not too satisfying. Like when I have a sandwich. These kept me comfortably full and eliminated all cravings for unhealthy snacks for the rest of my day.
Yield 8 patties
600g potatoes, peeled and chopped in chucks
1 cup frozen peas
2 tins tuna
generous handful of finely chopped chives
2 tbs bread crumbs
tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup flour (just to coat)
oil for shallow fry.
Add potatoes to boiling water. Boil for 10mins then add the peas to the same pot. Cook till potatoes are soft enough to be mashed, about 15mins in total.
Drain pot then start mashing potatoes and peas. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside to cool.
In large bowl, add tuna, generous handful of finely chopped chives, salt, pepper, bread crumbs, eggs, garlic powder and the mashed potato/peas. Mix all ingredients throughly.
Divide the mixture into 8 patties and lightly coat them in flour.
Add oil to a large frying pan and heat on medium high. When oil is hot enough, test by dropping a small amount of the mixture into the pan. If the mixture starts to sizzle, the pan is hot enough. Gently place each patty into the pan. Fry each side for about 2-3mins. Make sure to not overcrowd the pan.
*You can keep the patties in the fridge for up to 3 days.