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

  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 !


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