Friday, April 9, 2010

Crispy Fish Cakes

This was in my "New Recipes To Try" folder - and last night I finally tied it out.

I put it to the family vote after supper and 9/9 voted to add it to our monthly menu plan from now on.

I served it with a Creamy Dill and Garlic Sauce.

To add some extra flavor, I substituted a can of tuna for a tin of herring in hot sauce. It added just a hint of heat which was very pleasant. A few drops of Tabasco would add the same effect, I think.

Crispy Fish Cakes

1 large onion - chopped fine
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup cold mashed potatoes
1 lb leftover fish - boned and flaked or 3 cans of tuna in water, drained
2 Tbsp gluten free fish sauce (Nam Pla)
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp chopped parsley
salt and pepper

rice flour
seasoning salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
fine gluten free bread crumbs
oil and/or butter for frying

1. Heat the first amount of olive oil in a heavy pan. Add chopped onions and cook gently until clear.

2. Scrape the onions and oil into a bowl. Add the cold mashed potatoes, fish, fish sauce, egg, parsley and salt and pepper. Stir with a fork to mix ingredients. Chill to make it easier to handle.
3. Mix the rice flour with some seasoning salt. Shape the chilled fish mixture into 16 fish cakes. Coat first in the seasoned rice flour, then in the beaten egg and then in the gluten free bread crumbs. Place on cookie sheet until ready to fry. (I ran out of crumbs as I was doubling this recipe - I substituted the crumbs with a mix of rice flour and corn meal).

4. Heat oil and/or butter in a heavy pan and gently fry each fish cake until crispy and brown on both sides. Keep hot until served.

Oven method: This is what I used as I was making so many and it cuts back on the oil. Place the coated cakes on a lightly oiled cookie sheet (I used olive oil). Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Flip cakes and bake for 10-15 minutes more, or until golden brown.

Creamy Dill and Garlic Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise (I use Hellman's) or 1/2 mayonnaise and 1/2 sour cream
2-4 dill pickles, chopped very fine
3 Tbsp juice from the dill pickles
1 tsp dried dill weed
1/4 tsp dried garlic powder - or 1 clove garlic, minced (or more to taste)
2 Tbsp dried parsley

Mix well and serve. Keeps in the fridge for at least 1 week. Good with fish or as a veggie dip.


Raisa Guzman said...

Do you recommend anything to substitute the egg? I'm craving fish cakes but I can't have dairy, eggs or gluten :S Help please!!!

jennstar said...

You could try using the Flax Egg Replacer:
I'm not sure how it would work in that venue, but it is worth a try. Let me know how it turns out!
Maybe someone else has some ideas?


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