Servings: 4 patties
Author: Marvellina
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Fish cakes:

  • 2 slices of stale or crusty bread
  • 2 of about 5 oz (150 g) salmon fillets, skinless and boneless
  • 10.5 oz (300 g) haddock fillet, skinless and boneless
  • 7 oz (200 g) tuna steak
  • 1 lemon
  • A small bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 clove garlic


  • 1 fresh red chili
  • 1 fresh green chili
  • 4 spring onions
  • 4 ripe red or yellow tomatoes
  • Red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 a cucumber
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 limes
  • A small bunch of fresh basil


  • 3.5 oz (100 g) alfalfa sprouts
  • A small bunch of fresh mint
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 lemon
  • Olive oil


  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper


  • Get all your ingredients and equipment ready. Fill and boil the kettle/pot. Turn the oven on to 425 F. Put the standard blade attachment into the food processor
  • FISHCAKES: Whiz the bread in the food processor until fine. Meanwhile, tear off a large sheet of tin foil. Put the breadcrumbs on top, then put to one side. Add all the fish to the processor. Finely grate in the zest of 1 lemon and rip in the parsley leaves, discarding the stalks. Add a really good pinch of salt and pepper and pulse a few times until coarsely mixed
  • Tip the fish mix on to a platter and add 2 heaped tablespoons of the breadcrumbs. Scrunch and mix with your clean hands, then divide into 4 patties. If you've got a round pastry cutter (about 4 inches in diameter), use that as a mould. If not, use your hands to roll them into 4 balls then push, squeeze and pat them into fishcakes. I found that wetting your hand with water helps to prevent the fish from sticking to your hands. Place on top of the breadcrumbs, making sure the cakes are of even thicknesses, then sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top to evenly coat them
  • Put a large frying pan on a medium heat and add a good couple of lugs of olive oil. Bash a clove of garlic with the heel of your hand and add to the pan. When the garlic sizzles, transfer the fish cake to the pan. Cook for about 7 minutes while you make the salsa. Once golden, flip over and cook for another 7 minutes or so until golden on the other side too
  • SALSA: Quickly wash your processor bowl. Deseed the chilies and remove the stalks, trim the spring onions, and add both to the food processor with the whole tomatoes and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add a swig of red wine vinegar and pulse until finely chopped. Have a taste and adust the flavours if needed and when you're happy pour on to a platter
  • Halve the cucumber lengthways then finely chop into smaller pieces. Halve, deseed and finely chop the peppers. Mix with the rest of the salsa on the platter and the juice of 2 limes. Pick the baby basil leaves and put aside for garnish, then roughly chop the rest of the leaves and add to the salsa
  • SALAD: scatter the alfalfa over a platter and finely slice the mint leaves, discarding the stalks, and scatter over. Halve the avocados and spoon big chunks of the flesh over the platter. Drizzle with some olive oil and squeeze juice of 1 emon over the salad
  • SERVING: spoon some salsa onto the serving plate. Put a fish cake on top of it. Garnish with some basil leaves and a pinch of salt. Serve with the salad on the side