Thai Fish Cakes with Nam Jim dipping sauce

Hello Dear Reader,

My Hubby and son are fantastic fishermen, on any given day they would rather be fishing than anything else, I can't blame them, I know I would rather be at home doing all the things I love to do, rather, than be at work. Well, only 16 years until retirement or a lotto win next week, that would be better!

Okay, back to reality.

When they go fishing they try to target certain species of fish, our favourite fish is reef fish , but most times it's just luck, you don't know what is going to jump on your fishing line. So sometimes they come home with a mixed bag of fish. About a month ago hubby caught some Mackerel, it is a stronger tasting fish with firm white flesh and is excellent in these Thai Fish Cakes.

Ingredients for Thai Fish Cakes 

Add fish pieces to the bowl of a food processor and blitz fish 

Add all other ingredients, except beans and spring onions and blitz until smooth 

Blitzed and smooth 

Chop green beans and spring onion up finely 

In a bowl incorporate green beans and spring onions, I do this with wet hands 

Using wet hands, form mixture into small patties and fry on each side until golden brown 

Thai Fish Cakes with Nam jim dipping sauce 

Thai Fish Cakes


400 grams firm white fish, skinned
45 grams rice flour
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 egg
small handful of Coriander (I grow perennial Coriander)
3 teaspoons red curry paste (I use AYAM brand)
100 grams green beans, very thinly sliced
2 spring onions, finely chopped


Cut fish into smaller pieces and blitz until smooth
Add rice flour, fish sauce, egg, coriander and red curry paste and blitz again
Then, with wet hands, mix in green beans and spring onions
Again, with wet hands, form into patties
Heat oil in a heavy based frypan, over medium heat and fry until golden on each side
Serve warm with Nam jim dipping sauce

Nam jim Dipping Sauce

Ingredients for Nam jim dipping sauce 

Place all ingredients into TM bowl and blitz until smooth 

Nam jim dipping sauce, it is so delicious 

Thai Fish Cakes with Nam jim sauce, steamed Basmati rice and Broccolini 


2 chillies, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, quartered
2 spring onions, roughly chopped
Juice of one lime
2 tablespoons oil (I use Rice Bran Oil)
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander (I grow Perennial Coriander)


Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and blitz until smooth

So, tell me, what is your favourite fish to eat? How do you cook it?

1 comment

  1. Oh Yum, those fish your son and husband caught would be heavenly. Wish we lived closer to the coast. Thanks for sharing. Guida


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