Thai Fish Cakes

Posted January 14, 2021

prep time
Prep time
15 minutes
cook time
Cook time
10 minutes
total time
Total time
30 minutes


  • 20oz (550g) tilapia (about 5 medium sized fillets)
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) Maesri Red Curry Paste
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) fish sauce
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) cornstarch
  • 5 green beans
  • 5 Thai basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil (for pan frying)


  1. Cut the green beans into thin rings and set aside.
  2. Mince the basil and set aside.
  3. Cut the tilapia into large chunks and place in food processor.
  4. Add the curry paste, fish sauce, egg yolk, and cornstarch to the food processor.
  5. Put the lid on the food processor and pulse approximately 25 times until the fish is finely minced.
  6. Remove the blade from the food processor, add the basil and green beans then stir with a spoon until evenly mixed.
  7. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  8. Once the oil is up to temp, wet your hands with water so they don't get sticky.
  9. Form a patty with your hands then carefully place it in the oil.
  10. Repeat and add the subsequent patties clockwise around the edge of the pan to ensure consistent cooking.
  11. Cook for approximately 3 - 4 minutes on each side until evenly browned.
  12. Serve with Thai sweet chili dipping sauce. The Maesri brand is very good if you can find it.