101 uses for crumpet rings Part III – fish cakes. I’m still on the detox and these are perfect for that using just fish and sweet potato. I tried to keep the fish/potato ratio 50:50 as although I’m eating sweet potatoes, I’m still trying to keep carbs to a minimum.
Fish cakes are often bound with something like egg or mayo and coated with flour and breadcrumbs. I didn’t do either of these things but instead used the crumpet rings to form the cakes. It allowed me to squash the mix in and helped keep their shape without adding more calories and gluten.
What to use – makes 4 fish cakes
- 2 fillets of salmon – skinless and boneless
- 2 medium sized sweet potatoes
- juice of 3/4 of a lemon
- handful of chopped parsley
- teaspoon of chilli sauce
- sea salt and pepper
How to use them
Poach the salmon in tin foil on a baking tray in the oven for 15 minutes at 180C then leave to cool – keeping the juices which you can add to the mix later.
Peel and boil the sweet potato until soft, drain and then you can either mash and leave to cool, or I left them in colander to cool and for the steam to evaporate before combining with the fish later.
When both are cool, mash the potato, then combine the fish (with juices) and potato with the lemon juice, parsley, chilli sauce, and a generous seasoning of salt and pepper. I did this by hand.
Drizzle some oil into a large non-stick frying pan, and let the crumpet rings heat for a couple of minutes. Spoon the fish cake mix in and press down. Cook for 5 minutes, gently lift the crumpet rings off with tongs, then turn the cakes and cook for another 5-6 minutes on the other side.
The ingredients are already cooked so you’re effectively warming through, and browning.
Calories: approx 460 for 2 fish cakes, however as they have protein and carbs, you just need to serve them with something green which shouldn’t add much to the overall calorie count.
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