Thai fish cakes

Fish cakes are traditionally made in Thailand and is still popular among thai people and other countries in the world. Although there are many recipes for fish cakes but can try this authentic thai fish cakes as it is easy to prepare and has exotic flavours.

Fish cakes are served as a snack or starter with a dip called ar-jard(cucumber relish) or sweet chilli sauce. For the fish lovers, can try this mouth watering snack or appetizer.

To make fish cakes we need any white firm fish like sea bass, tilapia, cod, haddock, coley, ling and any more but sometimes I use salmon too, which goes well. Traditionally fish is pounded to a paste in pestle mortal but can use food processor to make it quick and easy but texture differs. Can either mince the fish fillet with other ingredients or mix the ingredients with mince fish.

For fish cakes, we need fish mince or paste, then herbs are added with some spice and deep fried or shallow fried, which is served with a cucumber relish (ar-jard).

It is up to you what herbs and spice you want to add, can add ingredients as per taste. I have made fish cakes with my prepared green curry paste and red curry paste which gave me different taste or can buy from the stores ready made. This time I took salmon fish and made with red curry paste. It is easy to make as food processor does the hard work for you.


    Fish cakes

  1. Salmon fillet (boneless) – 200 gms
  2. Red curry paste – 2 tbsp
  3. Coriander stalks and leaves – 2 tbsp
  4. Fish sauce – 1 1/2 to 2 tsp
  5. White sugar or palm sugar – 1 tsp
  6. Pepper powder - a pinch
  7. Red chilli (fresh) – 1 tsp
  8. Egg – 1
  9. Beans – 3 tbsp
  10. Corn flour – 2 tbsp
  11. Lime leaves (crushed, frozen) – 1 1/2 tsp
  12. Dipping sauce

  13. Cucumber – 3 tbsp
  14. Carrot – 2 tbsp
  15. Red chilli (fresh) – 1/2 tsp
  16. Shallots – 2 tbsp
  17. Coriander leaves – 1 tsp
  18. Rice vinegar – 1 tbsp
  19. Fish sauce – 1 tsp
  20. Sugar – 1 to 1 1/2 tsp
  21. Water – 1 1/2 tbsp


    Fish cakes

  1. Place red paste, lime leaves, red chilli in a food processor and blend it, then add the fish pieces and blend it to a paste.
  2. Add egg, corn flour, fish sauce, sugar, pepper powder and blend it again in a food processor.
  3. Place the mixture in a plate or a bowl. Slice the beans finely to 3mm (1/8inch) and stir into a paste (mixture).
  4. Stir in the paste (mixture), knead well and refrigerate for 2hrs to overnight. Remove 1/2hr from the fridge before cooking.
  5. Make patties shape, about 2inches wide and 1/2inch thick or make as per your requirement.
  6. Rinse your hand in plain water before making patties, to avoid sticking to your fingers.
  7. Heat the oil in a kadai or heavy based pan for deep frying; enough oil should be there so that cakes are immersed well.
  8. Oil should not be smoky or very hot, cook the fish cakes on medium heat.
  9. Place the fish cakes in oil and fry it in batches.
  10. As soon as you place the fish in deep oil, it will not float on top but when cooked it starts floating on top.
  11. Cook till they are brown and cooked well on both sides.
  12. Remove the fish cakes with a slotted spoon and drain it on the kitchen paper. It will take 2 to 3 minutes to cook the fish cakes.
  13. Repeat the process for the remaining fish mixture (paste).
  14. Serve the fish cakes with sweat chilli sauce or cucumber relish (Thai dipping sauce).
  15. Dipping sauce

  16. In a mixing bowl, add vinegar, sugar water, mix well.
  17. Boil the mixture in a small sauce pan on simmer until sugar is dissolved, it will take less than a minute.
  18. Allow to cool, add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  19. Taste and see, if any seasoning is required or not.
  20. Serve in a serving bowl, garnish with corainder leaves.


  1. I have used frozen crushed lime leaves, can use fresh ones 2 to 3 or dry lime leaves,(soak in water before using), if not can use the lime grated rind(only the green skin part ).
  2. If the mixture is not tight and difficult to make pattie shape, just drop the mixture in the oil with the help of a spoon. Can make medium size to mini size fish cakes, which can be easily eaten with a tooth pick.
  3. Can use ready made red paste from the shops, but check the ingredients and add as per your taste.
  4. Always fry one fish cake, taste and see, if any more seasoning is required or not.
  5. Can make with squid, prawns, crab meat.
  6. Can use 2 fishes like salmon and cod, mix it and make fish cakes.
  7. Can shallow fry the fish cakes in a pan (tava).
  8. Can make with green curry paste fish cakes, crab cakes for vegetarians with sweatcorn.
  9. Can add more chilli as per your taste in fish paste and in the dipping sauce.