Proudly South African recipe for Fish Frikkadels – served with a sweet, fruity pineapple salsa

400g firm white sustainable fish fillets
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp olive oil
3 medium-sized sweet potatoes
1 cup frozen peas
1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
1 Tbsp chopped fresh coriander
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp lemon zest
Pinch each of ground cumin, coriander and curry powder
Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten

For the Salsa
1 small ripe pineapple, peeled and cubed
1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
1 Tbsp chopped fresh coriander
1 heaped tsp grated fresh ginger
1 small red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
Juice and zest of 1 lime
Pinch of sugar or drizzle of honey, or more, to taste

How to
Pre-heat oven to 200C. Place the fish on the shiny side of a large sheet of tin foil, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper and add a small drizzle of olive oil. Wrap up tightly and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until just cooked through, then remove and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, halve and boil the potatoes with their skins on for 15 minutes or until soft, adding in the peas for the last 2 minutes of cooking time. Drain the potatoes and peas, allow the potatoes to cool and steam for a few minutes and then remove the skins, season with salt and pepper and mash roughly. 
(Alternatively, steam or bake the potatoes in their jackets.)

Into a bowl, flake the fish, then add in the mashed potato and peas, herbs, lemon juice, lemon zest, spices and the egg. Season with salt and black pepper and mix until combined.

Shape the mixture into 10-12 golf-ball sized patties, just gently flattened, and lay them into a lightly greased baking dish or shallow non-stick baking tray. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes to firm up a little or until you are ready to cook.

Just before cooking, brush with a little olive oil. Then, in a pre-heated 220C oven bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden. If you’d like a crisper finish, then turn on the grill for the last 2-3 minutes.

Serve the frikkadels immediately with the pineapple salsa on the side.


Please rate this recipe

Recipe provided by Sarah Graham, recipe creator and cookbook author. Visit the Sarah Graham food blog to see more.