Canned tuna forms the foundation of these Fragrant and spicy Thai Tuna Fish Cakes that come with a simple delicious dipping sauce!
Spiced Tuna Fishcakes with Dipping Sauce.
I adore fish cakes, even growing up I loved those mushy things that they served with school dinners.
My new offering on the fishcake front adds the spice that I love courtesy of the flavours of Thailand.
They pack a mighty punch something that would have been unheard of in the school dinner queue when I was a child.
They come bundled with a simple Thai dipping sauce and the whole thing takes less than 40 minutes to make.
Besides buying the best tuna that you can afford you need to buy tuna in brine or spring water for this recipe.
Usually my canned tuna recipes, like this tuna nicoise pasta salad recipe call for tuna in oil, but that does not work so well here.
It makes the fish cakes very rich and almost slimy, not a texture I am fond of!
Next up are the potatoes. You want a floury or mealy variety like King Edwards or Russets.
As for the chilli then I have no advice here! Use your understanding of your tolerance levels.
Thai Birds Eye Chillis are fiercely hot, use them with care, or use something else with care.
Tolerance to spice is incredibly personal, one persons mild tingle is another raging volcano.
This dish is meant as either a light meal or snack.
Although they also work really well as a party snacks!
I like to serve this with some toasted peanuts and sliced cucumber. I dress it with some sesame oil and add some of the leftover chilli.
It also works really well with pickles, which are great at tempering spice.
Something like pickled daikon or pickled cucumber would work really well.
If you wanted to turn these into a complete meal then something like this Thai noodle salad would be the perfect side.
For the Fishcakes
- 150 g (5.25 oz) Potato
- 250 g (9 oz) Canned Tuna
- 1 Thai Birds Eye Chilli Pepper
- 1 Stick Lemon Grass
- 30 g (1 oz) Ginger
- 2 Kaffir Lime Leaves
- 50 g (1.75 oz) Spring Onion
- 1 Tbsp Fish Sauce
- 1 Egg
- 30 g (1 oz) 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 Chilli Pepper
- 1 Spring Onion
For the Fish Cakes:
- Peel and cut the potato into a 1cm dice.
- Cook the potato in a pan of well salted water until soft, this should take 10 minutes.
- Slice the chilli pepper as finely as you can and remove the seeds if you want.
- Remove the outer leaves from the lemongrass, bash it with the blunt end of the knife and then slice as finely as you can.
- Slice the spring onion as finely as you can.
- Grate the ginger.
- Finely shred the kaffir lime leaves.
- After 10 minutes mash or pass through a potato ricer and allow to cool.
- Mix together all of the ingredients for the fishcakes and then form into balls roughly the size of golf balls,
- Lightly press these balls to form a small patty.
- Heat 1 cm of oil in a frying pan over a medium high heat and fry the cakes until crisp and golden.
For the Dipping Sauce:
- Slice the chilli pepper and spring onion as finely as you can.
- Mix together all of the ingredients for the dipping sauce.
- Taste and balance the seasoning to your liking.
If you are using dried kaffir lime leaves, rehydrate them in the boiling potato water for two minutes before shredding.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 974Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 246mgSodium: 4745mgCarbohydrates: 74gFiber: 7gSugar: 10gProtein: 76g