Steffles’ Asian Fish or Crab Cakes

Just like my marriage, I love marrying East with West. One ventures into new territories of sight, taste, sound and mind, without losing your own heritage. So here’s a western fish cakes recipe made with asian seasoning and herbs. The cakes can be made 1 day in advance and fried just before serving. Served with a Salsa dressed in Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, this makes a great starter or double it up for mains. This is so good, cook it for your partner when you need to regain back some brownie points!!

Steffles' Asian Fish or Crab Cakes


  • 450g mixed salmon and white fish (poached prior, remove all bones and skin and flake the flesh) or crab meat (lumpfish)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/4 red capsicum, diced
  • 1/4 green capsicum, diced
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp curry powder (I used the Japanese version)
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Tabasco sauce (to taste)
  • 3 tbsp Laksa leaves (or thai basil), chopped
  • 1 tbsp kaffir lime leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp curry leaves, washed
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 75g breadcrumbs (dried or blend your own from stale bread)
  • Cayenne pepper, Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Sunflower oil for frying
  • Served with chilled Salsa with Sweet Thai Chili Sauce


  1. Poached the salmon fish, flake the flesh and remove bones.
  2. Heat up oil, fry the curry leaves, onions, red and green capsicum until softened. Remove and strain on a paper towel to remove any excess oil.
  3. Put the fish / crab meat in a bowl and stir in the mayonnaise, with the curry and cumin powder and egg. Season with Tabasco, cayenne, salt and pepper to taste. Add the softened onion mixture.
  4. Stir in the Laksa leaves (or Thai basil), kaffir lime leaves, spring onions and breadcrumbs. Massage the mixture in with your hands - it should just be firm enough to hold together. Let it all set for 1 hour in the fridge.
  5. Divide the mixture into 8 portions, roll each into a ball and flatten slightly to make a thick flat disc. At this time, you can store them in a covered container and refrigerate just before serving.
  6. To serve, heat sunflower oil in a pan. Coat each disc with Panko breadcrumbs and fry them gently for a nice brown finish. Serve it hot with some chilled salsa for a nice hot - cold combo!


You can also substitute fresh salmon with canned tuna or canned salmon if time is of the essence.

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