Thai fishcakes with sweet chilli sauce

Thai fishcakes with sweet chilli sauce

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins


Makes 12
Get your wok hot and your tastebuds jumping with these classic Thai snacks

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal85
  • fat3g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre0g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 100g skinless salmon fillet



    With its delicate, sweet flesh and wide availability, salmon is one of the most popular fish.…

  • 100g skinless white fish fillet
  • 175g prepared squid or cuttlefish



    From the same family as the octopus and cuttlefish, squid may look jellyish and unappetising but…

  • 25g red chilli paste
  • 4 lime leaves, shredded

    Lime leaf

    ly-m leef

    Lime leaves are obtained from the kaffir lime, which is not a true lime at all but rather a…

  • 50g green beans, trimmed and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce

    Fish sauce

    A seasoning often used in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. In Vietnam it is usually made from shrimp…

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • groundnut or vegetable oil, for deep frying

For the chilli sauce

  • 5 tsp white rice vinegar
  • 85g granulated sugar
  • 3 fat red chillies

To serve

  • ¼ cucumber, diced
  • 25g roasted peanuts, chopped

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  1. Put the salmon, white fish and squid into a food processor, then whizz until smooth. Add the chilli paste and pulse until well mixed. Place all the other ingredients, except the oil, into a large bowl. Add the fish mixture, then knead together for 5 mins until smooth and elastic.

  2. Shape into small flat discs about 5cm across. Heat a few cms oil in a wok until it shimmers, then fry the fishcakes in batches for 2-3 mins until golden. Drain on kitchen paper. Can be chilled for up to 1 day, then reheated in a hot oven for 5 mins.

  3. For the chilli sauce, place the vinegar, sugar, 2 tbsp water and the whole chillies in a small saucepan, then bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 mins, then remove from the heat. Place in a food processor and blend until smooth. Strain, saving 1 tsp chilli, then stir in the saved chilli and leave to cool. Will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week. Serve fishcakes with the chilli sauce, cucumber and peanuts.

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Comments (11)

gaia1977's picture

First time making fishcakes and was doubtful when i processed the fish ,however i left the mixture to rest for 10 min once shaped into the cakes and it just slid beautifully off the fish slice into the oil! The chilli sauce was a winner ! Easy to make & scrumptious!

lyegreen's picture

I only made the sweet chilli sauce (to go with another recipe that I use for fish cakes) but it was fantastic - just be careful not to overcook it or the sugar will turn to toffee!

arsenal_al's picture

didn't work out at all - not sure what i did wrong. and expensive.

laonie's picture

Delicious. The flavour was authentic and I loved the addition of squid. If you're finding the mix too soft please don't add flour, just process it for longer. You almost need to work it to 'dough' in order to get the traditional texture. Also, the mixture is far easier to work if you use wet hands to shape the patties.

lellyc1's picture

Fab recipe for a starter. Also made extra chilli sauce for day to day use. Scrummy!

carolawarren's picture

This recipe did not work well at all for me. It was far too sticky to be able to form the fish cakes. I ended up having to add flour and they turned out just ok, not great.

margaretdodeangel's picture

So easy an tasty will be making these again, and again I'm sure.

james_p_dunne's picture

Great recipe, easy to do and authentic/great taste

dawnlatoudi's picture

These tasted fantastic and are so quick and easy to make!! I used only white fish and replaced the green beans with green peppers. I also used Thai red curry paste. We are addicted! Re the dipping sauce...I used only 50g sugar (as otherwise it was far too sweet) and I think the vinegar should be tablespoons not doesn't work otherwise. Can't wait to make them and eat them again!

ocbljm's picture

I tried this recipe but couldn't form the fish cakes. Found dough too runny. Perhaps it's because I didn't use chilli paste (I used powder instead). I added flour and they turned out ok.

gervais's picture

This is fabulously easy and as a frequent visitor to Thailand wonderfully authentic. it is worth remembering that the longer it is processed the more 'rubbery' the fish cake becomes. The sauce is well worth making, dont be tempted to use the bottled equivalent.

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