Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Cod fish cakes with a cold potato salad


For a seafood hater, I seem to be posting quite a few seafood recipes right? I'm surprised myself..but Ro's new rule is that we should have fish atleast twice a week and me with all my nagging has cut it down to once a week. Honestly, if its masalafied and made as per my liking, I don't mind having them..which is exactly what i did with these cod steaks.
England is known for its fish and chips and when we had guests 2 weeks back, we took them to this authentic fish and chips joint called The Golden Hind. Of course there was nothing other than fish and chips and mushy peas and I decided to just have some batter fried squid rings which was an appetizer. Nope, my husband would not let me go with just that..so the other normal sounding item was cod fish cakes and so i ordered those. They were so darn fishy (if you know what i mean) that i couldn't finish it. Braved my way through one half and then traded it for Ro's Haddock which was bearable, but preferred to munch on the chips instead. So i thought I'd recreate it at home the way i like, and yes, it was bearable.
Yeah i know im a disgrace to all the mallu's out there..but hey, Ive atleast evolved to having fish once a week:)

Cod fish cakes
Boneless, skinless cod steaks- 350 gms (2 medium size fillets)
Asian shallots- 2, roughly chopped
Garlic- 2 pods, roughly chopped
Chopped parsley- a handful
Salt- to season
Pepper- to season
Olive oil- 1 tbsp
Vegetable oil- to fry

Potato- 1 medium, boiled, peeled and mashed
Egg- 1
Bread crumbs- 3 tbsp (optional)

Cut the cod steaks into bite size pieces and steam for about 5 to 6 minutes till flaky. Break it up into smaller flakes and keep aside.
In a frying pan, heat some olive oil and sauté the shallots and garlic till translucent.
Add the flaked up fish and mix well, season with salt and pepper and the parsley. Keep aside to cool.
Once cool, add the mashed potato, egg and bread crumbs and mix well with your hand till everything is combined well.
Make small patties and shallow fry in oil...about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
Drain on paper towels and serve them hot with a salad.

Notes: Any white fish like haddock or cobbler can be used.
You can fill a saucepan with 1/4th water, place the cod in it, close and cook till it becomes flaky. Then drain the water and break it up into smaller pieces. I just used a steamer so it was much easier.
You can bake the patties if you prefer that...I'm not really sure how long ud need to keep them though.
I think this was so much more easier than cutlets... :)

Cold Potato Salad
Always a pleaser, this salad had made its entry quite a few times and is a life saver when I'm low on things to make :)

Baby potatoes- 5 medium, boiled and cut into cubes
Yoghurt- 2 tbsp
Garlic mayo- 1 tbsp
Chives- a handful
Orange pepper- one half, chopped into small cubes
Salt and pepper- to season

Mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl, season with salt and pepper and garnish with chopped chives. See I told you it was way too easy to pass:)

PS: Sorry i left this out..I would like to thank Neetz, Suja and Aipi for the wonderful awards they have showered upon me. Thanks a lot girls..its great to have such good friends in the blog world.

33 comments:

PranisKitchen said...

wow thats a very deliicous fish cake.. looks so perfect.. nicely done. i make crabcake.. not yet tried with fish..
the salad really good one ..nice combo

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

yummy combo,love the pics...really fantastic.

Kairali sisters said...

Nisha darling...

Cod fish cakes looks very tempting...I used to be a fish lover but not any more, as my better half cannot stand the smell, the look and ask me what not about fish..

B/w i have your asparagus thoran for dinner and they are just delicious dear..

Love
Suji

GB said...

You should try having/making New England Crab cakes...they're yumm! Really. Hubby is a fish-averse person, and he gobbles them down. I love them too!

Note to self: look up a good recipe!

RV said...

This will make a great lunch for me... Mouthwatering!!!

aipi said...

Yummy Yumm!!!! looks awesome!!

Suhaina said...

mmm. looks very very tempting. wonderful clicks too.

arthi said...

Both the cod fish cake and the salad looks so delicious!!Thanks for sharing :)

Priyanka@thehealthydiary said...

Oh come on Nisha you gotta love fish and if you don't like them just ship me your portion across the pond ;) I wouldn't mind being your taste tester.

Jokes aside I think I love all your archived seafood recipes. I am going to try some over the weekend!

Monet said...

Yum...I am a fish lover so I know that these cod fish cakes would be super delicious on my dinner table. This seems like a quintessential summer meal.

Sreelekha Sumesh said...

Both looks delicious!am a big fan of seafoods:)

Priya said...

Mouthwatering dishes together...am drooling over that cold potato salad..

Neetz said...

wow!! what a delicious and yummy recipe..the pics are out of this world..awesome!!

Suja Sugathan said...

Looks very tempting...yummy comb, looks awesome.

Nitha said...

the cod fish cake looks yumm...

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Beautiful presentation and looks delicious, great combo too....

Sushma Mallya said...

My son will love this if i do it for him, he loves fish and doing it this way is new to me...looks so yum nisha...

Nitha said...

Nisha.. Please collect your award from my space ...

Sarah Naveen said...

Yummy combo...I have had only salted or sundried cod...
this looks so yummy!!!

Guna's kitchen said...

very delicious cupcakes... very tempting clicks..
u have a good collection of recipes .. if u find time visit my blog.. happy to follo u

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

thts truly tempting dish dear.lovely combo...looks mindblowing n amazingly delicious.mmm...mmm

Rachel said...

A disgrace to a Mallu indeed!!! :D
I could never do without seafood :)

Kamalika said...

Never tried Cod...but seems to be tasty....the salad is our all time favourite one...

Neha said...

salad looks tasty..beautiful pics

s said...

i can KILL for this..it looks so utterly superb...and the salad looks awesome too....

Suman Singh said...

fish cutlet looks delicious..even I am not a big fan of fish and chips but would love to try out this recipe of yours.

Asha said...

Hmmm Hmmm I love these sort of dishes....It really looks yummy...

PJ said...

i am a fish lover and i have the rule cooking fish atleast once in two weeks too. this dish looks awesome and great clicks! the way the cake has held its shape is really good. i should practice fish cakes some more :)

Sari @ Cook Your Dream said...

Yum, you are making me hungry, and it's just 20 minutes past midnight! :) These fishcakes looks delicious and paired with a potato salad it's a wonderful dish!

Chef Bee said...

Love cod and am excited to try this recipe. Thanks.

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Afsal_ Alif said...

Ohh...I will die for this dish....The Cod steak and the Salad lukks marvellous and appealing....Fish is always a fanzy 4 me as i take fish once or / let it be twice in a blu moon.....

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Oh Parsley with fish is something i never tired, and I second you with fish smelling fish, oh but i love well cooked fish :)

Sharmilee! :) said...

Lovely clicks