Thai Fish Cakes

  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • DifficultyEasy
500g mackerel fillet (you can substitute snapper, swordfish, ling or barramundi)
3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
1 egg white
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar
½ cup finely sliced snake beans
6 kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced
Vegetable oil, for deep-frying

For the Sweet Chilli Syrup

1/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1/2 fresh long red chilli, halved, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
1/4 cup cucumber, seeded and finely diced

1. Flake the fish with a spoon. Mix the fish, curry paste, egg white, salt and sugar and knead with your hands. Mix through snake beans and kaffir lime leaves.

2. For the sweet chilli syrup, heat the sugar, vinegar, fish sauce and 2 tablespoons water in a saucepan for about 3 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved. Leave to cool. Place chilli and cucumber in a bowl and pour over cool syrup. Set aside until ready to serve.

3. Heat enough vegetable oil in a saucepan or wok to deep-fry. When the oil is hot, pinch off tablespoons of the fish mixture and carefully drop into oil. Cook in batches for 2-3 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towel. Serve with sweet chilli syrup.

4. Note: snake beans are available from some Asian grocery stores. Substitute green beans if unavailable.

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