18 Jan2010

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We baked a whole 1.5 kilo lapu-lapu (grouper/rock-cod) over the holidays and had half of the fish leftover. We forgot to take a photo of the baked fish, but it was similar to these ones and this one that we cooked a few Christmases ago. So the next day, the obvious question was what to do with the leftovers. An easy option was to flake the fish, enrobe it in mashed potatoes and deep fry it until golden brown, a version of croquettas…

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This time around, I wanted something simpler and a bit healthier so we experimented a bit and came up with these baked fish cakes. First flake all of your leftover baked fish meat, taking care to remove all bones. We had roughly 3 cups worth. Next, I fished out all the other edible ingredients from the dish, potatoes, red peppers, onions, capers, olives, etc. and mashed this up roughly and added this to the flaked fish. Next I added about a tablespoon of mayonnaise for a bit of moisture and richness, some salt and pepper, and chopped parsley and formed these into rough little patties. These went onto a flat pan and into the fridge for 30 minutes to bind and set. Turn the oven up to 375 or 400F, take the patties out of the fridge, coat lightly with homemade bread crumbs, place them back on a lightly greased pan (using olive oil) and drizzle all of the patties with a bit of olive oil before sticking it in the oven. After about 10 minutes, turn on the broiler and brown the fish cakes, taking care not to burn them. Served with some lemon wedges, these were extremely satisfying lunch time fare. The cakes were a bit crumbly, but light, relatively healthy and very tasty. A large green salad on the side completed this “we are trying to be good” meal. :)

 

COMMENTS:

  1. mymudcake says:

    …was craving for steamed fish like Chinese style the other day. Rock cod waaaaaay too expensive, so I settled for Ocean perch that looked like snapper….too big and made fish cakes too but i added fresh breadcrumbs and eggs to bind it….excellent with orange beurre blanc…

    Jan 18, 2010 | 5:50 am

     
  2. atbnorge says:

    Ooooh, I like the idea of this. Pero kapag lapu-lapu, tiyak na walang leftover, hehehe. I’ll do this recipe with sea trout. Ayos!

    Jan 18, 2010 | 6:22 am

     
  3. Mary Kim says:

    i’m craving for fish cakes right now!^ ^

    my hub and I actually did a lot of versions with almost any fish available here except mackerel, i like the one with tofu, egg, squid and bell peppers. back in the phils, my mom used to make them with leftover lapu-lapu or any big fish, too. sometimes ggs and some veggies then fry them or just inside fried lumpias. yum!

    Jan 18, 2010 | 7:24 am

     
  4. melanie v. says:

    Way to go the healthy eating road after all the holiday binging! I suppose the recipe will do for any other fleshy fish! Thanks,MM.

    Jan 18, 2010 | 8:43 am

     
  5. thelma says:

    I SHOULD TRY YOUR RECIPE . IT SOUNDS SO EASY TO MAKE….

    Jan 18, 2010 | 5:43 pm

     
  6. Cynthia says:

    Thanks for this recipe, MM. The capers are a nice touch! I don’t prepare fried food of any kind, so I really appreciate this.

    Jan 18, 2010 | 10:23 pm

     
  7. Francis Isberto says:

    I wonder what will be the suggested retail price if you sell it for business purposes. Like Kwek-kwek, Lapu-lapu cakes could probably be one of the best staple merienda food.

    Jan 19, 2010 | 7:46 am

     
  8. Marketman says:

    Francis, given that lapu-lapu is usually one of the pricier fishes in the market, I think making this to sell would have to translate into a fairly high price per piece.

    Jan 19, 2010 | 1:14 pm

     
  9. i love sta.rosa says:

    siguro pwede na ang tilapia, kung ibebenta? baka iba na rin ang lasa… hehehehe

    Jan 19, 2010 | 2:42 pm

     
  10. Joyce says:

    will try making this at home! goodluck to me and the diet hehe

    Jan 19, 2010 | 5:10 pm

     
  11. jr says:

    MM,

    Reminds of the time when I use to make salmon cakes everytime we have left overs. The kids love it and were surprised that it was made from left overs.

    Jr.

    Jan 20, 2010 | 11:06 pm

     
  12. Cecilia says:

    I often make variations of this, and this looks and sounds absolutely yummy! Again, a must-try for me … And sooo funny, “we are trying to be good meal”! :D

    Jan 21, 2010 | 9:06 am

     
 

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