Healthy living

Thai fish cakes with crunchy salad

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4


  • 400 g firm boneless white fish fillets, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and quartered
  • 4 stems coriander, roots removed (50 g stems and leaves)
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice
  • 1 egg
  • 150g green beans, trimmed, cut into 1cm rounds
  • 1/2 small red capsicum, seeded and diced
  • Olive or canola oil spray
  • Lemon or lime wedges, to serve


  • 1/2 small red capsicum, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 continental or 2 large Lebanese cucumbers, halved lengthways
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 1 cup roughly chopped coriander, extra
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, torn
  • 1 long red chilli, seeded, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice, extra
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce


1. Place fish, garlic, coriander, curry paste, juice and egg into a blender or food processor. Process until the mixture is well combined and is a smooth paste consistency. 

2. Transfer to a large bowl with diced red capsicum and the green beans. Mix until well combined. 

3. With damp hands, using 2 tablespoons of mixture at a time, shape mixture into 12 balls. Flatten into 1cm thick patties. 

4. Spray a large non-stick frypan with oil and place over medium heat. 

5. Place 6 fish cakes evenly around the pan. Cook for 3–4 minutes then flip and brown on reverse side for a further 2–3 minutes until cooked through. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining mixture.

6. Begin to prepare salad by adding remaining 1/2 red capsicum, thinly sliced, to a large bowl. 

7. Using a teaspoon, discard seeds from cucumber. Slice thinly on the diagonal and add to capsicum along with bean sprouts, extra coriander, mint and chilli. 

8. To make the dressing, combine extra juice, sweet chilli and fish sauce in a cup and pour over salad just before serving. 

9. Divide fish cakes and salad among serving plates. Serve with lemon or lime wedges, if desired.


Fish cakes can be steamed in the microwave rather than browned in a pan. Place fish cakes around the outer edge of a large microwave-safe plate lined with non-stick baking paper. Cook, uncovered, on medium (50%) for 12–15 minutes or until firm and cooked through.


  • Reduce red curry paste to 1/2 tablespoon for a less spicy, child-friendly version.
  • Include other salad ingredients such as sliced red or spring onion, snow pea sprouts, halved cherry tomatoes, baby spinach leaves or mixed salad greens.

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