Saturday, 26 September 2015

Madhouse recipe : Tuna & Potato Fish Cakes

This is a lovely family-friendly and frugal meal that uses nothing but store cupboard basics. I made a double batch and froze half for another day when we need something quick.

Tuna & Potato Fish Cakes

ingredients :

4 potatoes
butter/milk for mash
1 can of tuna
1 small onion, chopped very fine
3tbsp grated parmesan
2tbsp tomato concentrate
some herbs ands spices : I used lime pepper, garlic granules, paprika, salt
1 egg
dried breadcrumbs
oil for frying

Empty the tuna into a bowl. (If using tuna in brine, drain off the brine but if using tuna in oil, keep the oil in the bowl.) Add the herbs/spices, onion, parmesan and tomato concentrate.

Chop the poatoes into medium-sized pieces (I don't bother peeling them - it adds extra texture and fibre) and boil in salted water for 10-15 minutes until soft when pierced with a knife. Drain and mash with the butter and milk. You need a firm mash that isn't too runny so don't overdo the milk and butter !

Mix the tuna into the potato and leave to cool until you can work it with your hands comfortably.

Line up a work station with the bowl of tuna/potato, a dish with a beaten egg, a dish of dried breadcrumbs and a baking tray at the end.

Shape the tuna/potato mixture into patties with your hands, dip in the egg then the breadcrumbs on both sides.

Heat the oil in a pan and carefully transfer the fish cakes to the pan, turning them over halfway through the cooking time. 2-3 minutes on each side on a moderate heat should do it as it's all cooked already anyway.

I wasn't sure what to serve with these as they are already made with mash - I opted for a bag of frozen veg which worked well.

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  1. Very good idea to make a double batch and freeze. You can also make them with rice instead of potatoes. I want some now.

    1. It's funny you should say that - I pondered using rice instead of mash but wondered if they would fall apart. One to try next time then :)

  2. These look nice, my family would love these.

  3. looks yummy! i've tried with Salmon and prawns never tried with tuna. my toddler would love this xx

    1. oooh prawns, that's another idea to try :)

  4. Mmm I love homemade fish cakes but I have not tried using tuna yet! These look so good! x #recipeoftheweek

  5. Mmm lovely, another great recipe to add to my ever growing to-do list - thanks for sharing - lots of tuna in the cupboard so this receipe will get done pretty soon

    (Real name: Christine Lockley)

    1. They're great to throw together from what's in the cupboard when you've forgotten to defrost something !