Thai Style Barramundi Fish Cakes with Cucumber Relish

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Serves 4-6 as an appetizer Ingredients: 1 pound - skinless barramundi fillets, cut into large chunks, 2 - tablespoons red curry paste, 4 - kaffir lime leaves, finely chopped, 1 - egg, 1 teaspoon - fish sauce, 1 teaspoon - corn starch, 1/2 cup - thinly sliced Chinese long beans or green beans, Vegetable oil, for frying, 2 tablespoons - white sugar, 2 tablespoons - fish sauce, 2 tablespoons - white vinegar, 1 - medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced, 1-2 - Thai bird chiles, thinly sliced, 1 - shallot, minced, 2 tablespoons - finely minced cilantro, Crushed peanuts, for garnish, optional,
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Thai Style Barramundi Fish Cakes
with Cucumber Relish

  • 30m prep
  • 20m cook
  • Serves 4
    Nicole Gaffney

  • Pairs with Cold Beer

  • Perfect for Game Day

  • Perfect for Dinner Parties


1 pound The Better Fish® Barramundi Skinless Fillets
cut into large chunks
2 tablespoons red curry paste
4 kaffir lime leaves
finely chopped
1 egg
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon corn starch
½ cup chinese long bean
thinly sliced, or green beans
vegetable oil
just for frying
2 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 cucumber
medium, peeled, seeded and diced
1 birds eye chili pepper
thinly sliced
1 shallot
2 tablespoons cilantro (coriander herb)
finely minced
crushed, for garnish, optional

Nutrition per serving

Calories 219.72kcal 11%
Fat 5.9 8%
Carbs 19.68 8%
Sugars 8.15 9%
Protein 22.01 44%
Sodium 1125.16mg 56%
Fiber 1.73 6%

* Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet. View all nutrients

Nutrition per serving

Amount per serving

Calories 219.72kcal 11%
Fat 5.9 8%
Saturated Fat 1.27 6%
Monounsaturated Fat 1.87 187%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.67 167%
Carbs 19.68 8%
Fiber 1.73 6%
Sugars 8.15 9%
Protein 22.01 44%
Cholesterol 83.61mg 28%
Sodium 1125.16mg 56%
Calcium 43.12mg 5%
Magnesium 29.46mg 8%
Potassium 439.21mg 13%

% Daily Value*

Iron 1.76mg 13%
Zinc 0.3mg 3%
Phosphorus 41.44mg 6%
Vitamin A 1832.59mkg 229%
Thiamin B1 0.03mg 3%
Riboflavin B2 0.07mg 5%
Niacin B3 0.32mg 2%
Vitamin B6 0.11mg 8%
Folic Acid B9 16.72mkg 8%
Vitamin B12 0.15mkg 6%
Vitamin C 7.28mg 9%
Vitamin D 7.88mkg 158%
Vitamin E 0.55mg 5%
Vitamin K 13.96mkg 19%

* Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Health score

6.6 /10

Health score

Health Scores are calculated on a 1-10 scale based on nutrient density and USDA recommendations for a healthy diet. A higher Health Score means healthier food. The value based on impact of more than 28 nutrients, here are the main ones:

Nutrients with positive impact

Fiber 1.73   6% DV
Protein 22.01   44% DV
Calcium 43.12mg   5% DV
Magnesium 29.46mg   8% DV
Potassium 439.21mg   13% DV
Iron 1.76mg   13% DV
Vitamin A 1832.59mkg   229% DV
Vitamin C 7.28mg   9% DV

Nutrients with negative impact

Saturated Fat 1.27   6% DV
Carbs 19.68   8% DV
Sugars 8.15   9% DV
Cholesterol 83.61mg   28% DV
Sodium 1125.16mg   56% DV

Bring the unexpected. The nights may be getting cooler but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the heat! Impress your friends with this shareable appetizer.


Step 1
Place the barramundi pieces, curry paste, kaffir lime leaves, egg white, fish sauce and cornstarch into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times to break everything up, scrape down the sides, then let it run until it forms a smooth puree, about one minute. Stir in the sliced Chinese long beans, then cover and place in the refrigerator while you prepare the cucumber relish.
Step 2
Whisk together the sugar, fish sauce and vinegar in a medium bowl until the sugar has fully dis-solved. Add the cucumber, chiles, shallot and cilantro and toss to combine. Pour into a serving bowl and top with crushed peanuts if desired.
Step 3
Rub your hands with a little bit of oil, then form the mixture into approximately 18 small patties. Heat 1/4 inch of vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Fry the patties in batches until golden brown on both sides, then transfer to paper towels to drain.
Step 4
Transfer the fish cakes to a platter with the bowl of cucumber relish on the side. Serve immediately.
Suggested sides
  • Brown
  • Green

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