Confetti Fish Cakes

fish cakes

In an attempt to eat more fish and make it fun for the kids, I tried my hand at forming fish cakes, which are basically a hamburger patty but made with fish. They are not as difficult as one might think. These pretty little patties are full of colorful diced peppers making it look a little like a confetti cake when you cut into each delightful bite. The trick to making these stick together is to add moisture in the form of an egg and a little homemade mayo. I’ve also thickened them slightly by including flax meal (ground flaxseed) which not only helps them hold together similar to the effect of a flax “egg” but also adds omega-3’s making these even more healthy for you!

Lightly fried in olive oil, these confetti fish cakes form a deliciously browned crust perfect for saucing. The sauce I’ve created for these is just a tad spicy and has only two ingredients: mustard and harissa sauce. If you’re not familiar with harissa, it’s a simple Moroccan red pepper sauce consisting of red chilies, red bell peppers, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and salt. In this recipe, I used the spicy harissa sauce but it is also available in mild with more red bell pepper added and less of the heat.

fish cakes

Confetti Fish Cakes
 
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Recipe type: Main Dishes
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound whitefish of any kind, cooked and finely flaked in a food processor (about 2 cups flaked)
  • ½ green or yellow bell pepper
  • ½ red or orange bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoon red onion or shallot, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoon flax meal (ground flax seed)
  • ¼ cup harissa sauce
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
Instructions
  1. Heat a sauté pan on medium high with a small amount of olive oil.
  2. Sauté peppers, onion and garlic a few minutes until the onions start to become translucent and lightly browned.
  3. While peppers are frying, combine fish, egg, lemon juice, mayo, and flax meal in a bowl and stir until well combined.
  4. Add pepper, onion and garlic to the fish mixture and combine.
  5. Form mixture into four patties and place into hot pan with a little more olive oil.
  6. Cook about 4 minutes on each side until golden on edges.
  7. While fish cakes are cooking, stir together to harissa and mustard.
  8. Serve fish cakes with the harissa mustard sauce.

 

Like fish cakes? Try this unique version using salmon with a blueberry miso sauce!

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