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Two vegan Thai red curry fish cakes on a plate with vegetable ribbons and a bowl of sweet chilli sauce, surrounded by lime slices, sliced spring onions and fresh coriander.
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Vegan Thai Red Curry 'Fish' Cakes

Vegan Thai red curry 'fish' cakes - these easy fishless cakes are packed with flavour, have a great texture and are simple to make. They are subtly 'fishy' and have that flaky, fish-like texture, just like the real deal!
Course Main Course
Cuisine vegan
Keyword fish cakes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Domestic Gothess

Ingredients

'Fish' Cakes:

  • 1 sheet nori seaweed
  • 400 g (14 oz) (unpeeled weight) potato (about 1 large)
  • 280 g (10 oz) extra firm tofu (I use Tofoo)
  • one 400 g (14 oz) tin young green jackfruit or banana blossom (250g drained weight)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Thai red curry paste
  • 1 Tablespoon grated ginger (either fresh, frozen or from a jar)
  • 4 large cloves garlic peeled and crushed
  • 5 spring onions (scallions) sliced
  • 75 g (½ cup) dry breadcrumbs
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • a large handful fresh coriander (cilantro) finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • a good grinding of black pepper

Breadcrumb Coating:

  • 100 g (scant 1 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour divided
  • 150 ml (½ cup + 2 Tablespoons) unsweetened non-dairy milk (I use soy)
  • pinch salt
  • about 100 g (⅔ cup) panko breadcrumbs

Instructions

  • Blitz the sheet of nori in a blender or spice grinder until it is very finely chopped, almost powdered.
  • Peel and dice the potato. Place it in a saucepan and cover with cold water and a pinch of salt. Bring up to the boil and simmer it until it is tender. Drain very well and mash. Don't add any milk or butter when mashing it, you want it to be quite dry.
  • Squeeze the excess liquid out of the tofu (just with your hands is fine) then use your hands to crumble it into small pieces into a mixing bowl.
  • Drain the jackfruit or banana blossom then squeeze as much water as possible out of it over the sink. You want it as dry as possible. Use your hands to flake it into the bowl of tofu.
  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over a low heat. Add the Thai red curry paste, ginger, garlic and spring onions and cook for about 3 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add this mixture to the mixing bowl along with the mashed potato, nori, breadcrumbs, lime juice, soy sauce, coriander, salt and a good grinding of pepper.
  • Mix it all together really well until it is fully combined. It is easier to do this with your hands than with a spoon.
  • Divide the mixture into eight even pieces and shape each portion into a patty. (I use a scale for accuracy).
  • At this point you can simply fry the patties as they are, for about 5 minutes per side until browned and heated through.
  • If you want to add the breadcrumb coating, preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/400°F/gas mark 6.
  • Place 50g (scant ½ cup) of the flour in a bowl with a pinch of salt. Gradually whisk in the milk to make a smooth batter.
  • Place the other 50g of flour in another bowl, and the breadcrumbs in a third.
  • Coat one of the fish cakes first in the flour, then in the batter and finally in the breadcrumbs. Repeat with the rest of the fish cakes, placing them on a baking sheet once they have been coated.
  • Heat a layer of oil in a frying pan. Fry the fish cakes for about 5 minutes per side until golden.
  • Drain them on kitchen paper then place them on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes until heated through.

Notes

  • See post above for tips, details, make-ahead and storage instructions and step-by-step photos.
  • As with all my recipes I highly recommend using the metric measurements with a digital scale, not the cup conversions.
  • Weigh the potato so you get exactly the right proportions.
  • It is important to make sure that you squeeze as much liquid as you possibly can out of the jackfruit/banana blossom. Take handfuls of it and squeeze the life out of it over the sink; you don't want soggy fish cakes!
  • Double check that the Thai red curry paste is vegan. Some of them contain fish sauce.