Fish koftas | RecipeTin Eats

These fish koftas usually are not your typical koftas as a result of they’re made with fish, not meat. However I spice them the identical and form them the identical – so koftas it’s!! Serve with Jewelled rice pilaf for a shocking platter of meals.

Jewelled rice with fish koftas on a platter ready to be served
Right this moment’s fish koftas with mint yogurt sauce and Jewelled rice pilaf.

Fish koftas

Once we suppose koftas, I do know most individuals immediately consider skewers made with floor meat. However truly, koftas around the globe are available in all types of sizes and shapes, made with meat, fish and even greens. From the Indian sub-continent to the Center East, Africa and the south-eastern space of Europe referred to as the Balkans, koftas come grilled, poached, steamed and baked with all types of varied flavours, and all types of shapes. Not at all times on sticks!!

As for at the moment’s fish koftas although, I’ve taken the lead from my Lamb Koftas when it comes to flavouring, besides we’re utilizing fish as an alternative. And I’ve caught with sticks!!

Good Friday meat-free platter

Right this moment’s recipe was particularly created to be a part of a centrepiece meat-free dish for Easter Good Friday this 12 months. One thing slightly completely different but spectacular to have a look at and mouthwateringly scrumptious! Plus, I at all times prefer to share interesting-yet-easy methods with fish. Pan frying fish fillets will get boring. 😎

Overhead photo of Jewelled rice with fish koftas
Fish koftas on a platter

Economical fish recipe

The opposite factor I like about this recipe is that it may be made with just about any fish, and it’s not a type of recipes the place I (strongly!) urge you to make use of the freshest and greatest fish you’ll be able to afford. It really works nice with good worth fish, even frozen fish.

Although, for those who’ve received a fisherman in your circles – I’m jealous!

What you want for fish koftas

Right here’s what you want for these fish koftas.

Ingredients in Fish koftas
  • White fish fillets – Just about any white fish will work right here, besides very lean fish (tuna, swordfish) and “fishy-fish” like sardines and mackerel (use this recipe for sardines, it’s a private favorite!). I used snapper, barramundi and ling throughout varied iterations of this recipe they usually all labored nice.

  • Egg and rice flour (or cornflour/cornstarch) – These are the 2 components that make the blitzed fish combination maintain collectively, with the egg appearing as a binder as soon as the koftas are cooked.

    Rice flour makes the within of the kofta softer and juicier than plain flour (all-purpose flour) which makes it extra dense. Should you don’t have rice flour, use cornflour / cornstarch as an alternative which can produces an identical end result.

  • Spices – Common spices, unique mixture! Cumin, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon (that is the key spice that makes it odor so intoxicating).

  • Danish feta – Little pops of creamy, salty goodness once you chunk into the koftas! Not strictly conventional in any sort of koftas, however actually provides a contact of particular right here. Additionally, it improves the feel of the koftas to make up for the absence of fats in fish in comparison with meat like lamb.

    Danish vs Greek feta – Greek feta is extra crumbly and agency whereas Danish feta is a bit creamy, extra much like goats cheese feta. Both Greek feta or goats cheese may be substituted in a coronary heart beat.

  • Pink onion For freshness with out being as harsh as brown or white onion. I grate the onion so that you don’t need to cook dinner it earlier than mixing in, and in addition the juices from the onion provides much more flavour into the koftas. (Onion grating is my secret reader-loved tip for meatballs, meatloaf and comparable. It actually works!)

  • Parsley – For inexperienced bits. Extra visible than flavour so you’ll be able to skip it. Or, substitute crimson onion with inexperienced onion as an alternative.

Showing the inside of Fish koftas
A trick for smooth, juicy insides for fish koftas (aside from not overcooking!) is rice flour fairly than plain/all-purpose flour.

Easy methods to make fish koftas

Blitz > form > cook dinner!

How to make Fish koftas
  1. Fish and egg first – Reduce the fish into items then put in a meals processor with the egg white solely (add the yolk to your scrambled eggs tomorrow morning).

  2. Blitz fish till it’s a clean paste with none lumps remaining.

  3. The whole lot else – Add all of the remaining kofta components.

  4. Blitz once more till you’ll be able to’t see the rice flour.

How to make Fish koftas
  1. Feta – Fold by way of the feta gently, so it doesn’t disintegrate and smear. We would like little chunks of feta!

  2. Form koftas – Use moist fingers so the combination doesn’t stick. Portion the combination into 10 – 12 (70g every, about 1/3 cup), and form right into a 10cm / 4″ lengthy cylinder. Thread onto skewers then barely flatten so they’re 2 cm / 4/5″ thick.

  3. Prepare dinner half the koftas in a non stick pan over medium excessive warmth for two minutes on either side, or till the interior temperature reaches 50°C/122°F.

  4. Golden! That is the color they need to be. Beautiful!! Take away onto a plate then cook dinner the remaining koftas.

Dipping fish koftas into mint yogurt sauce
Jewelled rice with fish koftas

Easy methods to serve fish koftas

As talked about within the opening, these fish koftas have been created particularly for Easter Good Friday, a day on which it’s conventional to serve non-meat meals. To be sincere, the star recipe for Good Friday was the Jewelled rice pilaf I shared on Monday – it’s so vibrant, how might it not steal the limelight!!

However I needed a non-meat foremost to serve alongside it that was equally as scrumptious, even when it couldn’t rival the color. Enter – these fish koftas. From a flavour perspective it actually stacks up!

What do you suppose? Is that this platter of meals Good Friday worthy? 🙂 – Nagi x

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Freshly cooked fish koftas ready to be served

Fish koftas

Servings10 koftas

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Recipe video above. These fish koftas are like your favorite Center Japanese lamb koftas – besides made with fish. Adore the spicing! Serve with Jewelled rice pilaf for a shocking platter of meals.Makes 10 to 12 koftas, serves 4 to five.


  • Fish & egg blitz – Place fish and egg white in a meals processor. Blitz on excessive till clean. (30 sec to 1 minute) A stick blender additionally works.

  • Kofta combination – Add onion, garlic, all of the spices, salt, rice flour and parsley. Blitz on excessive till clean (1 minute). Consistency ought to be like a paste.

  • Feta – Take away the blade, then crumble the feta in. Goal for chunks. Combine delicately (so the feta does not disintegrate).

  • Type koftas – Use moist fingers to the combination does not stick. Portion the combination into 10 – 12 (70g every), and form right into a 10cm / 4″ cylinder. Thread onto skewers then barely flatten to 1.5cm / 2/3″ thick. (Observe 3)

  • Prepare dinner – Warmth olive oil over medium excessive warmth in a big non-stick pan. Prepare dinner half the koftas for two minutes on either side till golden, or till the interior temperature reaches 50°C/122°F.

  • Relaxation – Take away onto a plate and cook dinner the remaining koftas. (Inner temperature of cooked koftas will rise to 55°C/131°F).

  • Serve with Minted Yogurt and Jewelled rice pilaf for a shocking platter of meals!

Recipe Notes:

1. Fish – Many of the commonest white fish fillets are nice right here.
Nice for: Ling, Tilapia, Snapper, Barramundi, Silver Dory, John Dory, Basa, Hokki, Perch, Flathead, Monkfish
Keep away from:

  • tremendous lean fish (swordfish, tuna)
  • delicate fish (flounder, Dover sole)
  • small entire fish like sardines or mackerel

Frozen fish – thaw fully, pat dry then use per recipe.
2. Danish feta is a bit creamier than Greek feta which is crumblier. Greek feta will work however I’d recommend crumbling fairly than slicing so the items meld into the fish kofta higher.
3. My skewers are 16.5cm / 6.5″ lengthy.
4. Diet per skewer (assuming 10 skewers).

Diet Data:

Energy: 127cal (6%)Carbohydrates: 8g (3%)Protein: 12g (24%)Fats: 5g (8%)Saturated Fats: 2g (13%)Polyunsaturated Fats: 1gMonounsaturated Fats: 3gLdl cholesterol: 31mg (10%)Sodium: 345mg (15%)Potassium: 184mg (5%)Fiber: 0.4g (2%)Sugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 33IU (1%)Vitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 47mg (5%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

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