Tiny Thai Croquettes

2014-04-05
  • Servings : 8
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 25m
  • Ready In : 35m

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Tiny Thai croquettes. Delicious skillet-fried fish corquettes with vegetables and herbs served with spicy sweet and sour sauce.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz (360 g) catfish fillets,boned and cut into small cubes
  • 12 oz (360 g) green beans,trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch(1.25 cm) rounds
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves,coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg,lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Thai Sweet and Sour Sauce(see recipe below)
  • For Thai Sweet and Sour Sauce:
  • 1 cup (250 ml) rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup (250 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh red chilies
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh cilantro stems and roots,strings removed
  • 1 cup (250 g) thinly sliced cucumbers,halved and seeded
  • 8 cilantro leaves,for garnish

Method

Step 1

In a mixing bowl,combine cubed fish,green beans and basil. Stir well and process the fish mixture in a small batches in a food processor,without making a smooth paste.There should be some texture and each ingredient should be visible.

Step 2

Place mixture in a bowl. To the fish mixture,add fish sauce,curry paste,lime zest,brown sugar and black pepper. Mix well,using a fork.

Step 3

Fold in beaten egg to bind the mixture. Form into 16 roundish croquettes,2-inches (5 cm) across.

Step 4

Preheat vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add fish croquettes in a small batches and sate on both sides until golden,about 2 minutes per side. Serve tiny Thai croquettes hot with the sweet and sour sauce.

Step 5

Thai Sweet and Sour Sauce: In a saucepan,combine all ingredients,except cucumber and cilantro leaves. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes,stirring to dissolve the sugars.

Step 6

Remove to a bowl and let cool to room temperature. Stir in cucumber slices. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and serve with tiny Thai croquettes.

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