Thursday, 1 May 2008

Thai Spiced Tuna Cakes

I had some mashed potato left overs a few days ago and was going to use it to make crab croquettes. But then I used the crab meat to make a rather lush Vietnamese Noodle Salad - and my plan for crab croquettes was transformed into these Thai-influenced tuna cakes.

Super quick, super easy and very tasty!

Thai Spiced Tuna Cakes

Made about 12 cakes
  • Left over mashed potato (about 1.5 cups I think!)
  • 1 tin of tuna, drained
  • 1 spring onion, shredded
  • 1" piece ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 Thai red chillies, finely chopped
  • The zest of 1 lime
  • 3 tbsps white flour, plus extra for dredging
  • Handful cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Oil for shallow frying
How easy is this...?
Mix together all the ingredients, except the tuna (and the dredging flour and oil!) and mix until well combined. Flake the tuna into the mix, and gently combine - try to leave some decent sized bits!

Pinch off a ball of the mixture, flatten with your hands, and dredge in flour - shaking off the excess. Fry in an oiled medium heat pan for 3/4 minutes each side, or until nicely browned.

Serve with the dipping sauce of choice - I used sambal brandal, but sweet chilli sauce,, or even just a squeeze of lime juice would work just as well - it all depends on what you fancy!!

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Ben said...

Hmmm they look really good. I love potato croquettes and I've had them with tuna and cheese before. The Thai twist sounds really good.

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Peter M said...

Kudoes to the Kittie, wonderful ingredients and a creative use of tinned tuna...I hope you gave some to the kittie!

sher said...

Love that! It has all my favs--tuna, mashed potatoes. Yum!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Sounds tasty and delightfully simple to prepare.

glamah16 said...

This works great with canned salmon too. Nice alernative to a burger.Love the spices.

giz said...

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Pixie said...

Great recipe Kit; the more I read all these wonderful food recipes the more I find there are so many delicious foods I've yet to make- this is certainly one of them!

Neen said...

You know, I'm always trying to figure out what on earth can be done with tinned tuna apart from salads and sandwiches. This looks like an enticing, atypical option. Yay for your creativity!

Heather said...

Kiki, I love fish cakes so much. I always forget the UK trick of using mash. The Thai twist is nothing short of creative genius.

Anonymous said...

these sound great!!

kittie said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments guys - I didn't think my leftover-recipe would get this much attention!!

Anonymous said...

I love the sound of this recipe. I will certainly try it!

Bellini Valli said...

You have given me an idea of what to do with all of those cans of tuna I have in my cupboard. Great idea Kittie!