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Fish Cakes

 

Originally published Feb 2013

One day at Costco, I bought some frozen flounder and, I’m sad to admit, it was horrible. It was fishy and flavorless and the fillets were small and shrunk up to a fraction of their original size when cooked. The bag haunted me every time I opened the freezer. I decided it was time to open the pantry and see that I could find to jazz up the fish and get rid of it once and for all. Hmmm… Garlic, cayenne, cumin, bread crumbs. Egg, onion, lime and shredded cheese in the fridge… Fish cakes!

I make very good crab cakes. Very, very good. But half my family is allergic to crab. This made a fantastic alternative and with the right ingredients (Old Bay and Worcestershire , they can be made to taste just like crab cakes at a fraction of the cost!

Lenten Fish Cakes
1 1/2 lb flounder or other white fish, cooked, cooled and crumbled
2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 onion, chopped
Zest of a half a lime
Juice of one lime
1 egg, beaten
1/2 bread crumbs
1/2 cup of shredded cheese (anything you have is fine)
Dash of cayenne pepper
black pepper
cumin

1. Combine all the ingredients and mix well.
2. Spoon into a mini muffin pan sprayed with cooking spray.
3. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes, until golden brown.

To make fake crabe cakes, add in about a tsp of Worcestershire sauce and 1/4 tsp of Old Bay.

Be brave and play with the seasonings! Give them a Latin flare with a little more cayenne and some cumin. To make them taste a little more Asian, add more lime and some grated ginger.

These were so good, I may actually buy the Costco flounder fillets again, just for fish cakes!

Enjoy!

Zippy Fish Cakes

zfcCold-mageddon is almost over. Are you tired? I am. My family is. My coworkers are. Staying warm is exhausting!

I like food with a little bit of a kick. It warms me up and it reminds me of warmer times, like summer or Mexico. Sigh.

I decided to play around with one of my go to dinners and spice it up a little bit. So we have…

Zippy Fish Cakes
1 1/2 lb flounder or other white fish, cooked, cooled and crumbled
2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 onion, chopped
1 egg, beaten
1/2 bread crumbs
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
black pepper
Old Bay
Celery Salt

1. Combine all the ingredients and mix well.
2. Shape into patties and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
3. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes. Flip and bake for another 10-15 minutes until golden brown.

My fish cakes had a nice little kick. I think they would have been great with some chopped jalapeños, too! They were very easy to make and warmed me up very nicely.

Lent is still over a month away. You should certainly pin this recipe to use later. Please also try my other Fish Cake recipe. Frank of Tales from a Middle Class Kitchen also has a fantastic looking recipe for Pesto Roasted Salmon with Spinach and Orzo. And Paula from Call Me PMc has a great looking recipe for Fish Tacos with Mango Avocado relish. All very pinworthy and all will remind you of warmer times.

Enjoy!