I haven’t bought fish in months. I know, fish is really good for you and its really tasty. I’m not afraid of cooking fish, I know sometimes that’s what keeps people from buying fish. Fish is actually really easy, and fast. I haven’t bought it recently because I’ve been so enthralled with cooking other meats that I haven’t cooked with before. Like Pork Belly, Denver Ribs, Boston Butt, Beef Suet, and Pork Back Fat. Who wouldn’t be distracted by all the new and different cuts of meat that I never even knew about. So, I saw this cod for sale and it made me realize just how long it’s been since I cooked fish. So, I got it. And I cooked it. With the tomatillo sauce like my friend told me to try. And you know what?
I overcooked it. It was kind of gross.
I know how to cook fish. I know that you take it out at least a minute before you think it’s done and let it sit and then test it to make sure its flaky and cooked through. Not this time. I did a visual check and decided it needed 5 more minutes (5 more minutes for fish is like 30 more minutes for anything else, seriously don’t know what I was thinking). It was dry, rubbery, and not tasty.
And a fail that involved having an extra overcooked, rubbery and not tasty fillet left over. I was not excited about suffering through another gross dinner.
What to do? Yep. Fish Cake. My gift to everyone else 😉 When you make fish that you don’t want to finish, turn it into this and people will actually request that you make it again.
- Fillet or two of cooked fish, flaked. You could also use chopped shrimp or crab
- Egg (or 2, depending on how much fish you have)
- Breadcrumbs, or crushed croutons which I used cause that was all I had
- clove of garlic
- mashed potatoes
- salt and pepper
I have 1 fillet, so I shredded it and added 1 whisked egg along with about a tsp of parsley, some salt and pepper, about half a cup of crushed croutons and about a half cup of mashed potatoes. You want to have a sticky mixture, but you also want it to hold together. Preheat a pan and some fat (oil, butter, or lard work well), just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Put the patties in the pan and let cook for about 5 minutes, and then flip. 5 more minutes and the on to the dinner plate.
Serve with a salad or steamed broccoli with cheese (or both!) and call it a night!