Food

Levi Roots' spicy fishcakes

Forget ordering a takeaway tonight, as Levi Roots has your Friday dinner sorted with his spicy fishcakes!

Serves: 4

Ingredients

200g (7oz) floury potatoes (such as King Edwards), peeled and cut into large chunks

500g (1lb 2oz) skinless white fish fillet, such as cod, haddock or pollock

1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

3 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander

3 spring onions, green parts only, finely chopped

2.5cm (1in) piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and grated

½ garlic clove, finely chopped (optional)

Finely grated rind of 1½ limes

Salt

1 large egg, beaten

2 tbsp lime juice

100g dried breadcrumbs

1–2 tbsp olive oil

To serve

4 lime wedges

Mixed leaf salad (optional)

Method

  1. Put the potato chunks into a saucepan of water and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until tender. Drain well.

  2. If you have a steamer, steam the fish in it above the simmering water of the potatoes – the fish is cooked when the flesh just flakes when tested with the tip of a knife. Otherwise, while the potatoes are cooking, poach the fish in a saucepan of gently simmering water or milk for about 5 minutes (or cook in a microwave).

  3. Leave the fish to cool slightly, and when cool enough to handle, check it for bones and break into rough flakes.

  4. Put the breadcrumbs on a plate

  5. Mash the potatoes and then mix with the chilli, coriander, spring onion greens, ginger, garlic (if using), lime rind and 1 teaspoon salt. Add the beaten egg to the mixture to bind it.

  6. Pour the lime juice over the flaked fish, then sprinkle on a little salt and gently stir it around with your fingers to season the fish well.

  7. Gently stir the flaked fish into the potato mixture. Form into 4 fishcakes, about 4–5cm (1½–2in) thick.

  8. Pat them on both sides with the breadcrumbs, then put on a clean plate, cover loosely and leave in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up a little.

  9. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium–low heat. Add the fishcakes and cook for about 3 minutes on each side until the outside is nicely brown and they are hot all the way through. Serve with lime wedges and, if having them for lunch or supper, a salad.

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