Spicy Tuna Fishcake With Cucumber Salad

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Spicy Tuna Fishcake With Cucumber Salad

I love a good fishcake and for this tuna fishcake I went plumbing through the flavours of Thailand… The last mackerel fishcakes I did here were really popular and were a bit of a grown up take on the fishcakes I grew up with as a child. This tuna fishcake is very different indeed, they pack a mighty punch something that would have been unheard of in the school dinner queue when I was a child, school dinners were a very bland affair when I was growing up. In all fairness there was not a mass of junk food until I hit my mid teens and it was all pretty nutritious up until then, but if my memory serves me correctly all horrifically over cooked and kinda lacking in any flavour and about as exotic as a pair of plai slippers!

Again this tuna fishcake utilises canned fish, something I am learning to love, as I have mentioned before I would have turned my nose up at canned fish when I lived in the UK, but now I am embracing it for what it is. Sure I am not gone be having a beautifully seared and rare piece of tuna any time soon but for stuff like this canned fish is wonderful. Tuna is the perfect fish for this tuna fishcake, at stands up really well against the big flavours of the lemon grass, ginger and of coarse the chili. A word of caution the dipping sauce for these fiery treats are really integral to them, the seasoning in them is geared for them to be dipped in the salty and really pokey fish sauce. If you want to skip the dipping sauce you will need to add more salt, you could do this with salt although I would personally add more fish sauce to the fish cake mix.

Like this recipe? Then you should definitely check out this one!  Thai Red Duck Curry with Pineapple

In other news it is full on Autumn here in my corner of Hungary, not that nice Autumn where it is a little breezy but the trees are beautifully coloured. The Autumn where there is a bitter north wind blowing biting rain into your face and you need wellington boots to go out as it has been raining for 6 hours and the dry dust that was there is now a sea of mud. So these tuna fishcakes were a nod to somewhere warm, exotic whilst I was looking out the window thinking, ‘not long before I have to start the log burner again’!

Spicy Tuna Fishcake With Cucumber Salad

Spicy Tuna Fishcake With Cucumber Salad

Canned tuna forms the foundation of these Spicy Tuna Fishcake leaning heavily on the flavours of Thailand and they make a perfect light meal or snack.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2
Author Brian Jones


For the Fishcakes

  • 150 g Potato. Peeled and cut into 1cm dice, choose a floury variety.
  • 250 g Canned Tuna. Use Tuna in water rather than oil.
  • 1 Thai Birds Eye Chili. Finely sliced use other types of chili if you like.
  • 1 Stick Lemon Grass. Outer leaves removed bashed and finely chopped.
  • 25 g Ginger. Grated.
  • 2 Kaffir Lime Leaves: Re hydrated in boiling water for 2 minutes if dried then finely shredded.
  • 50 g Spring Onion. Finely sliced.
  • 1 Tbsp Fish Sauce.
  • 1 Egg. Lightly beaten.
  • 35 g Breadcrumbs.

For the Dipping Sauce

  • 1/4 Tsp Brown Sugar.
  • 2 Tbsp Thai Fish Sauce.
  • 1 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar.
  • 1/2 Tsp Lime Juice.
  • 1/2 Thai Birds Eye Chili. Finely Sliced.
  • 1 Spring Onion. Finely Sliced.

For the Cucumber Salad

  • 1/2 Cucumber. Deseeded and cut into half moon shapes about 2-3mm wide.
  • 50 g Unsalted Peanuts. Toasted.
  • 1/2 Thai Birds Eye Chili. Finely Sliced.
  • 1 Tsp Fish Sauce.
  • 1/2 Tsp Brown Sugar.
  • 1 Tsp Sesame Oil.


  1. Cook the potato in a pan of salted water until soft, this should take 10 minutes.
  2. When cooked mash or pass through a potato ricer and allow to cool.
  3. Mix together all of the ingredients for the fishcakes and then form into balls roughly the size of golf balls, then lightly press out to form a small patty, set them aside in the fridge whilst you prepare the dipping sauce and salad.
  4. Mix together all of the ingredients for the dipping sauce, then check for balance and set aside.
  5. Heat 1 cm of oil in a frying pan over a medium high heat and fry the cakes until crisp and golden.
  6. Finally make the salad, mix together the fish sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar and chili and then dress the cucumber before sprinkling in the toasted peanuts.
Spicy Tuna Fishcake With Cucumber Salad
Spicy Tuna Fishcake With Cucumber Salad


  1. Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs October 14, 2016 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Yum! We often make salmon fish cakes, hadn’t thought of doing them with tuna until now. Great recipe!

    • Brian Jones October 18, 2016 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Thanks Emma… I use all sorts of canned fish for different fishcakes, I tend to keep Salmon fairly Northern European in flavour πŸ™‚

  2. Silvia October 14, 2016 at 9:36 am - Reply

    It looks soo delicious. I would have to make these. πŸ™‚

  3. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy October 14, 2016 at 9:50 am - Reply

    This is pretty much how we make our fish cakes too. They freeze well for a quick and easy meal too.

    • Brian Jones October 18, 2016 at 9:25 am - Reply

      I have frozen them before although my lifestyle rarely means I need a freezer meal fortunately πŸ™‚

  4. Platter Talk October 14, 2016 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Your fish cakes, dipping sauce and cuke salad all sound and look delicious. Beautiful pictures!

  5. Amanda {Striped Sptaula} October 14, 2016 at 10:47 am - Reply

    I love fish cakes and these sound lovely, Brian. Really love the combo of flavors in the dipping sauce, and the cucumber salad must bring such a lovely freshness to the dish. Can’t wait to make these!

  6. Jeff @ Make It Like a Man! October 17, 2016 at 2:13 am - Reply

    What an array of flavors! And beautifully photographed!

  7. Paige @ Where Latin Meets Lagniappe November 3, 2016 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    This recipe looks amazing Brian – you’ve got some yummy flavors going on here! And I love the cucumber salad with the toasted peanuts πŸ™‚

    • Brian Jones November 4, 2016 at 7:07 am - Reply

      Thank Paige, that side salad works wonders with so many dishes, we love it.

  8. Mary * Goodie Godmother November 10, 2016 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Next trip to the international store, fresh lemongrass and some Thai chili are on the list. I can whip up some soup and then make some fish cakes. It’s getting chilly which means it’s Thai food time in this kitchen haha

    • Brian Jones November 14, 2016 at 6:38 am - Reply

      Yay for trips to the international ‘stores’, ours are quite some distance away but well worth the trips πŸ˜€

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