Fish cakes can be made of any type of fish or seafood such as salmon, tuna, halibut, crab and cod. It was traditionally made as a way to use up left over fish and potatoes. Fish cakes can either be fried in batter, or breaded, with or without potatoes. It is truly an international dish, featured in Thai cuisine as Tod Man pla or spicy fish cakes. Its known as fish cutlets in India and fish cakes In Europe and America. In fact the varieties of fish and different flavors that can be created are endless, so go on experient and have fun.

Here’s a spicy version to get you going:

Spicy Thai Inspired Fish Cakes


  • 1-2 cups of tuna or salmon chunks
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • a little flour about a tablespoon
  • salt
  • 1 tablespoon Thai peanut sauce
  • 2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 spoon soy sauce
  • a little chili oil
  • 1/2 chopped tomato
  • some fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 a red chili
  • 1 beaten egg


  1. mix all ingredients in bowl, then add a little flour and beaten egg (to hold it together)
  2. make little patties with the mixture
  3. lightly pan fry it in olive oil until golden for about 5 minutes on each side

This is a very tasty and quick dish rich in omega 3 fatty acids. It could be eaten as a sandwich, over a salad, with rice and vegetables or even with mashed potatoes and vegetables.

by Rebecca Subbiah

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