• Traditional Cape (South African) fish cake

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    Traditional Cape (South African) fish cake
    Prep: 30 min Cook: 15 min Servings: 4
    by Peter Brown
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    Fish cakes are very much a Cape food and most white fish is suitable for fish cakes although I remember my mother insisted on fresh hake which she minced/flaked herself or otherwise she would use freshly caught mackeral, .. I like to mix 50/50 a white fish with a oily or game fish


    • 500g of cooked flaked or minced fish
    • 300g of dry mashed potatoes( no salt or butter )
    • 3 tbs onion, finely grated
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 2 tbs chopped parsley
    • 2 tbs melted butter
    • 2 eggs separated
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Bread crumbs
    • Fat or oil for frying


    1. Mix the fish with the potato, onion, lemon juice, parsley and butter.
    2. Mix the two egg yolks with the egg white of one egg and add that to the fish mixture.
    3. Season with salt and pepper.
    4. Shape into balls and flatten slightly.
    5. Beat the remaining egg white and dip each fish cake into the egg and then into the crumbs.
    6. Fry in oil or fat until brown on both sides.
    7. Serve with lemon wedges.

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