Fish koftas | RecipeTin Eats


These fish koftas will not be 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
At the 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 really, koftas around the globe are available all types of sizes and styles, made with meat, fish and even greens. From the Indian sub-continent to the Center East, Africa and the south-eastern space of Europe often known 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 this time’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

At the 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 somewhat totally different but spectacular to take 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 finest fish you may afford. It really works nice with good worth fish, even frozen fish.

Although, if you happen to’ve acquired 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. I used snapper, barramundi and ling throughout varied iterations of this recipe and so they all labored nice.

    Nevertheless, keep away from:
    – very lean fish (swordfish, tuna – use this recipe)
    – “fishy-fish” like sardines and mackerel (use this recipe for sardines, it’s a private favorite!)
    – delicate fish (flounder, Dover sole)

  • Egg and rice flour (or cornflour/cornstarch) – These are the 2 elements that make the blitzed fish combination maintain collectively, with the egg performing 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. In case you don’t have rice flour, use cornflour / cornstarch as an alternative which is able to 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 whenever you chew 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 could be substituted in a coronary heart beat.

  • Purple onion For freshness with out being as harsh as brown or white onion. I grate the onion so that you don’t need to prepare 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 related. It actually works!)

  • Parsley – For inexperienced bits. Extra visible than flavour so you may skip it. Or, substitute purple onion with inexperienced onion as an alternative.

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

How one can make fish koftas

Blitz > form > prepare 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 elements.

  4. Blitz once more till you may’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 wish 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 1.75 cm / 2/3″ 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 inner temperature reaches 50°C/122°F.

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

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

How one can serve fish koftas

As talked about within the opening, these fish koftas had 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 may it not steal the limelight!!

However I wished a non-meat fundamental 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 Jap 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 however it’ll take a bit longer.

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

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

  • Type koftas – Use moist fingers so the combination does not stick. Portion the combination into 10 – 12 (70g / 1/3 cup every), and form right into a 10cm / 4″ cylinder. Thread onto skewers then barely flatten to 1.75cm / 2/3″ thick. (Notice 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 inner temperature reaches 50°C/122°F.

  • Relaxation – Take away onto a plate and prepare dinner the remaining koftas. (Inside 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 – A lot of the most typical white fish fillets are nice right here.
Nice for: snapper, John dory, silver dory, barramundi, bream, tilapia, pollock, cod, emperor fish, flathead, perch, ling, bass, basa, hake, hoki, monkfish (stargazer).
Keep away from:

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

Salmon and trout will work however not satisfied it’s the very best fish for the flavours on this recipe.
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 counsel crumbling moderately than reducing so the items meld into the fish kofta higher.
3. Combination too sloppy? Can occur if you happen to use frozen thawed fish on account of extra water. Simply add minimal quantity of additional rice flour wanted till you may type kofta shapes utilizing moist fingers. An excessive amount of flour = koftas turn out to be firmer.
4. My skewers are 16.5cm / 6.5″ lengthy.
5. Leftovers will hold for two days within the fridge. Haven’t tried freezing however intuition tells me they need to be okay (as a result of Thai fish muffins freeze tremendous that are made in an identical approach).
Vitamin per skewer (assuming 10 skewers).

Vitamin Info:

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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