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Thai Fish Cakes

Thai fish cakes (before deep frying)

Thai fish cakes (before deep frying)

Thai Fish Cakes Recipe

You may use instant fish paste sold at the supermarket as a short-cut for this recipe, though I personally prefer using fresh fish fillets for this recipe. If you do not have a blender (step 1), finely chop/mince the fish meat first before combining the fish paste ingredients in a bowl.


  • 150 grams white-flesh fish meat
  • 2 tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 1/2 egg beaten
  • 1 tbsp corn flour (corn starch)
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves finely snipped
  • 5 French beans ends trimmed and thinly sliced
  • vegetable oil for deep frying; enough to submerge the fish cakes

Dipping Sauce

  • 1 tsp Thai fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp Thai sweet chilli
  • 1 tbsp roasted peanuts pounded
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped cucumbers


  1. In a blender, pulse together fish, curry paste, egg, corn flour and lime leaves until a smooth paste is formed. Add chopped French beans to fish paste and mix in evenly. Divide and shape fish paste to 8 round fish cakes.
  2. Heat oil in wok, deep fryer or pot to 180°C (356°F). Deep fry fish cakes in batches until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Drain excess oil on tempura paper before serving.
  3. Prepare dipping sauce by mixing fish sauce and Thai sweet chilli. Transfer to a dipping saucer and top with peanuts and cucumbers.
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23 comments on “Thai Fish Cakes”

  1. Hi. Can this be baked instead of deep fried?

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