These fish fritters are influenced by our time in the Caribbean with a flavouring of ginger, chilli and thyme. They are made without a batter and are paleo and low carb too.
I’ve been playing around with this recipe for a while after watching the Chief Taster devour various fish fritters or fish cakes in Barbados and St Lucia. The popular Barbados fish cakes are made with a lot of batter and no low carb flour was going to replicate that. However, I wanted the challenge of a low carb fish fritter.
I decided to make these fish fritters with a bare minimum of flour just to bind the cooked fish mixture. Different brands of coconut flour were used with different results. Admittedly I had been throwing in the coconut flour without measuring it and going by eye and texture whether to add any more. By the fifth batch I measured the coconut flour and finally came up with a recipe that the Chief Taster was happy with.
Although I recommend serving these spicy fish fritters warm, ideally once cooked, the Chief Taster can testify that they are also delicious cold. I had put a few in his packed lunch one day which he decided to eat cold, rather than stink the microwave out at work. Fair enough, as who reheats fish in a work microwave? It leaves a fishy aroma for the rest of the day!
I have used various white fish to make these spicy fish fritters with the Chief Taster enjoying all versions. I’ve mainly tried saltfish and butterfish. Any other white fish should work. Just ensure that it is cooked softly fish and adjust any coconut flour to bind the fish mixture. If you add too much coconut flour you will end up with a crumbly fritter.
I used local St Lucia peppers which are referred to as seasoning peppers. They are not as fiery as scotch bonnet peppers but have a decent amount of heat in them. They are available in many colours too so brighten up any dish. Jalapeno peppers would work well in this recipe.
Can you use almond flour as a replacement?
Can you make this with almond flour you may ask? I’ve not tried it, but it should work. You might need to adjust the volume and check that the mixture is not too dry.
I serve these spicy fish fritters with a side of spicy mayonnaise. A cooling lime mayonnaise would be just as delicious.
More low carb fritters to enjoy
Spicy Fish Fritter
- 12.5 oz White fish 3 medium fillets
- 2 Spring onions finely chopped
- 1 inch Ginger, fresh Peeled & chopped
- 3 Chilli peppers or Jalapeno
- 1 Egg Beaten
- 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon Thyme dried
- 2 tablespoons Coconut flour
- 4 tablespoons Olive oil
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- Microwave the fish for 2 minutes.
- With a fork, mash the fish into flakes.
- Add the spring onions, ginger, chilli, garlic powder, salt and thyme.
- Mix well together
- Add the beaten egg and coconut flour.
- Mix until combined.
- With your hands form small patties.
- Heat the olive oil in a frying pan on a medium heat.
- Gently fry the fish fritters for about 2-3 minutes a side until golden.
- Serve warm with a dip
I have been looking for a keto friendly salt fish fritter for a while. I had come across suitable recipes but using almond flour i.e. a cup of almond flour. To me with so much almond flour the fritter loses its integrity. I came across your receipe and it was very good. I like the fact that the receipe called for a small amount of flour. I used 250g of salted cod fish, 4 tablespoon of coconut flour and two eggs and followed the rest of your recipe. They were absolutely amazing the recipe gave 12 fritters. My husband likes them as well so that is a bonus. Thank you for sharing😊
Thank you! So delighted you enjoyed the recipe.
Carol Beguelin Parker
thanks for including a photo with the printed recipe. love seeing it on the recipe card
Glad you like it! Happy cooking!
Can't stop making these ... they are so tasty ... making them for dinner tonight ... again!!
The husband feels the same way about these too! He could happily eat them every day at the moment! Glad you are enjoying them!
The nutritional values, I am unclear. The values given are "each".. as in per single fritter?
And if so, do I read it right there are 5 fritters per serving?
Yes, each fritter. And 5 is half the batch which would be a normal serving. Except the husband scoffed the lot in one go....depends upon how hungry you are!
Thank you! I shall make thém tomorrow!
What kind of dip do you serve these with?
I made a mayonnaise with a dash of hot pepper sauce.
Lol ... thanks for the advice Angela ?
Tried this recipe today using fresh salmon ... very tasty ... if I use an extra egg would the salmon fish cake hold better whilst I cook it, or do I use more coconut flour ... I couldn't work out which ingredient I needed to increase .... thnx
I'd add another egg rather than the coconut flour as the flour may make it too dry. That's what I discovered when I was creating this recipe. The more coconut flour I added, the more complaints I received from the husband!