easy Thai fish cakes

Easy Thai Fish Cakes

Delicious and Easy Thai Fish cakes couldn't be easier to liven up some frozen fish or any fish fillets you want to use up. In my recipe I have used frozen Cod fillets, but any white fish fillets are great, even fresh salmon or tinned salmon in brine would work, for the tinned fish though hold off on the fish sauce as tinned salmon is already very salty.
This recipe makes 12 good sized fish cakes. They are delicious served with sweet chilli sauce, salad leaves and grated carrot, and a side of basmati rice, or on their own as a nice starter or light lunch.
Course Appetizer, Dinner, lunch
Cuisine Thai
Keyword cod, fish, salmon, thai
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Katie Cardile


  • 400 g Cod Fish Fillets Frozen is fine just let defrost before using
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tbsp Thai Red / Green / Yellos Curry Paste Red is traditional but Green or Yellow also work very well
  • 2 tbsp Thai Fish sauce
  • 1 tsp Grated Lime Zest or Substitute 1/2 Lemon zest
  • 2 Spring Onions Chopped or Chives
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Fresh Coriander optional
  • Sunflower Oil for shallow frying


  • Place the fish, curry paste, egg, coriander and fish sauce into a food processor.
  • Blend just until you have a smooth paste.
  • Add the Chopped Spring onions or Chives and mix lightly, just to incorporate.
  • Heat a frying pan with enough oil to shallow fry your fish cakes, around 1cm depth of oil.
  • Add the fish cakes using an ice cream scoop, then with a spatula gently pat them down to flatten a little. Fry on each side keep the oil hot for around 3 minutes on each side.
  • Remove from the pan when golden brown on the outside and cooked all the way through, place on a plate lined with kitchen towl to absorb som eof the excess oil before serving.
  • I usually cook mine in batches and keep the first batches warm in the oven while I finish the rest.
  • Then it's time to bring them to the table, serve with a squeeze of lime or lemon juice, sweet chilli sauce and a side of fresh greens and basmati rice. Enjoy!