Snapper Cakes

what you need

Snapper is a perfect fish for these really delicious fish cakes - but you could substitue any other white fish (eg haddock, flathead). Served with a big salad (as Elaine in Seinfeld loved!!) and/or potato makes a great dinner. The mixture can be prepared ahead of time (up to 24 hours and kept in 'fridge) and cooked just before serving. Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) add a good light 'crust-like' coating to the cakes.

Snapper is a perfect fish for these really delicious fish cakes - but you could substitue any other white fish (eg haddock, flathead). Served with a big salad (as Elaine in Seinfeld loved!!) and/or potato makes a great dinner. The mixture can be prepared ahead of time (up to 24 hours and kept in 'fridge) and cooked just before serving. Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) add a good light 'crust-like' coating to the cakes.


FRESH

  • 500g snapper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 sml carrot
  • 1 sml onion
  • 1 clv garlic
  • 2 shallot
  • 1 chilli
  • 1 lime
  • Coriander

PANTRY

  • 3Tb Ponzu sce
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • Oil
  • Salt Pepper

method

1 If using whole fish, remove flesh from bones. If using fillets, cut fish into small cubes.
2 Wash and dice carrot finely, finely dice the red onion, crush the garlic. Chop the shallot (or you could use a spring onion) and small red chilli to taste. Mince a little coriander to give 1-2Tb to combine in fish cake itself, reserving leaves and some stalks for garnish.
3 In a food processor, or using a stick blender, blend the fish. Add the onion, carrot and garlic and Ponzu sauce. As these ingredients are blended, they become quite stiff.
4 In a separate bowl, combine the fish mixture with the chopped shallot, coriander, chilli and egg. Season to taste with sea salt and white pepper.
5 Roll spoonfuls of fish mixture in Panko crumbs to coat.
6 Heat some oil (olive or vegetable) in a frying pan so the base is covered. Add fish balls to the pan and fry on each side over medium heat until golden brown (about 5 minutes)
7 Remove from heat and serve immediately, garnished with coriander stems and on a bed of rocket or with a garden salad on the side and a lime or lemon wedge.

tips

Ponzu sauce available in all good food stores, particularly Asian grocers. If you can't find any - substitute a mixture of lime juice and soy sauce (1Tb lime; 2Tb soy). Panko breadcrumbs are lighter than traditional breadcrumbs (substitute normal if unavailable).