Breaded fish patties with basil

Breaded Fish Patties with Basil

 

 

 

I have a beautiful basil plant in my backyard  and it is getting pretty large, so I planned to use it in my cooking. Here is a recipe I have been making for a while “Breaded Fish with Basil”.  The recipe uses a generous amount of basil! Basil has a natural affinity to fish and here is a good example for that. This beautiful fragrant herb lends the fish a wonderful depth of flavor and a bright color. I have shared the recipe with my friends and they always come back with rave reviews. It is dairy-free and eggless too!

Basically these breaded patties are fried but can easily be baked as well! They would be great served with a drizzle of basil olive oil sauce or simply a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Serve them with baked potato wedges or French fries!  The recipe makes about 10 – 12 patties.  An ultimate comfort food!

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Leave the fish fillet out to defrost (if frozen) just enough that you can cut it with a knife.  Rinse and pat dry with kitchen paper towels. Cut the fish into medium squares.  Place in a food processor (you may probably need to do that in batches) and blend until you have a smooth paste with no solid pieces. (Remove obvious veins) Set aside!

Place the onion, garlic cloves and basil leaves in a food processor fitted with a metal blade.

Pulse until finely minced. Set aside.

Mix the basil mixture with the smooth pureed fish and pulse to incorporate together.

With your hands, shape the mixture into 10 – 12 balls roughly the size of a tennis ball

Form into steak-sized patties. In a shallow container, place the breadcrumbs and dredge both sides of each patty, completely covering the fish.

Heat oil to an adequate frying temperature and fry the fish patties, in batches, to a golden color.

Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice

 

To make the basil olive oil: Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until you have a smooth paste!

Or serve with basil olive oil, optional!

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg/ 2lb. 4 oz. cod/ haddock/ halibut fish fillet
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic head
  • 1 red Habanero pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs, preferably panko
  • 3 cups canola oil, for frying the fish
  • A pinch of freshly grated black pepper

For the basil oilive oil sauce:

  • ¾ cup basil leaves
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 red pepper, optional
  • A pinch of salt

 

 

 

Directions:

  1. Leave the fish fillet out to defrost (if frozen) just enough that you can cut it with a knife.  Rinse and pat dry with kitchen paper towels.
  2. Cut the fish into medium squares and transfer to a food processor (you may probably need to do that in batches) and blend until you have a smooth paste with no solid pieces. (Remove obvious veins)
  3. Place the onion, garlic cloves and basil leaves in a food processor fitted with a metal blade and pulse until finely minced. Add the smooth pureed fish and pulse to incorporate together the fish with the basil mixture.  Adjust salt and black pepper and red Habanero (if used) to taste .  Refrigerate the fish paste for 1 hour.
  4. With your hands, shape the mixture into 10 – 12 balls roughly the size of a tennis ball.  Form into steak-sized patties.
  5. In a shallow container, place the breadcrumbs and dredge both sides of each patty, completely covering the fish.
  6. Heat oil to an adequate frying temperature and fry the fish patties, in batches, to a golden color.  Serve immediately and drizzle a teaspoon of basil olive oil over each serving, optional!

 

To make the basil olive oil: Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until you have a smooth paste!

 

 

 

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Comments

Nettie Moore's picture

Oh I can't wait for my basil plants to grow, looks amazing Hadia! Nettie

doreen.simpson50@gmail.com's picture

I can just imagine those crispy fish patties with that gorgeous basil dressing... wow !

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