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Light and crispy fish cakes
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By Starts at 60 with PolidentIn SponsoredOn Thursday 27th Sep, 2018

Light and crispy fish cakes

The best dinner dish to welcome the warmer months!

As the cool months are starting to leave us, these delicious and golden fish cakes are the perfect way to kick off the hot season. They’re super light and fluffy and absolutely packed with flavour thanks to all of the herbs and tartare sauce stirred through the mix. After they’re lightly fried in the pan, you’re left with a perfectly crispy coating and a fluffy fish filling. Serve them up with a squeeze of lemon, a garden salad and a little tartare sauce. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 450g skinned cod or haddock fillet
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 150ml milk
  • 350g Maris Piper potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tartare sauce
  • ½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon snipped chives
  • 1 egg
  • Flour, for shaping
  • 85g fresh white breadcrumbs, preferably a day or two old
  • 3-4 tablespoon vegetable or sunflower oil, for shallow frying

Method

  1. Put fish and bay leaves in a frying pan. Pour over milk and 150ml of water. Cover, bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 4 minutes. Take off heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.
  2. Peel and chop potatoes into even-sized chunks and boil in saucepan with a pinch of salt for 10 mins or until tender.
  3. Lift fish out of milk with a slotted spoon and leave on a plate to cool.
  4. Drain potatoes in a colander and leave to cool for a minute. Tip them back into the hot pan on the lowest heat and let them dry out for 1 minute, mashing them with a fork and stirring so they don’t stick. Take off heat and beat in tartare sauce, then add lemon zest, parsley and chives. Season well with salt and pepper.
  5. Drain off liquid from fish, season with pepper, then flake into large chunks into potatoes. Using your hands, gently mix fish and potatoes together. Put to one side and cool.
  6. Beat egg on a large plate and lightly flour a board. Spread the breadcrumbs on a baking sheet. Divide fish cake mixture into four. On floured board, and with floured hands, carefully shape into four cakes, about 2.5cm thick. Coat each cake in egg. Then coat with crumbs until lightly covered. Transfer to a plate, cover and chill for 30 minutes.
  7. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Fry fish cakes over a medium heat for about 5 mins on each side or until crisp and golden. Serve with tartar sauce and lemon wedges for squeezing.

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