Appetizers/ Gluten Free/ Low Carb/ Paleo

Spicy Fish Fritters

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.

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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 cake 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 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.

5 from 3 votes
Spicy Fish Fritter
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Low carb fish fritters with a spicy flavour

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Comfort Food, gluten free low carb recipes, Healthy appetiser
Servings: 2 People
Calories: 94 kcal
Author: Angela Coleby
Ingredients
  • 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
  • 1/2 teaspoon Thyme dried
  • 2 tablespoons Coconut flour
  • 4 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
Instructions
  1. Microwave the fish for 2 minutes.

  2. With a fork, mash the fish into flakes.

  3. Add the spring onions, ginger, chilli, garlic powder, salt and thyme.

  4. Mix well together

  5. Add the beaten egg and coconut flour.

  6. Mix until combined.

  7. With your hands form small patties.

  8. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan on a medium heat.

  9. Gently fry the fish fritters for about 2-3 minutes a side until golden.

  10. Serve warm with a dip

Recipe Notes

Makes 10 fritters

Nutritional Info Each:  94 Calories, 6g Fat, 7g Protein, 2g Total Carbs, 1g Fibre, 1g Net Carbs

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Nutrition Facts
Spicy Fish Fritter
Amount Per Serving (1 each)
Calories 94 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 7g 14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Mary Wood
    August 6, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    Can’t stop making these … they are so tasty … making them for dinner tonight … again!!

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      August 7, 2018 at 11:23 am

      The husband feels the same way about these too! He could happily eat them every day at the moment! Glad you are enjoying them!

  • Reply
    Gerda
    July 31, 2018 at 10:58 am

    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?

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      July 31, 2018 at 1:53 pm

      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!

      • Reply
        Gerda
        August 1, 2018 at 3:20 am

        Thank you! I shall make thém tomorrow!

  • Reply
    Jeanne
    July 30, 2018 at 9:51 am

    What kind of dip do you serve these with?

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      July 30, 2018 at 10:28 am

      I made a mayonnaise with a dash of hot pepper sauce.

  • Reply
    Mary Wood
    July 26, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Lol … thanks for the advice Angela 🤗

  • Reply
    Mary Wood
    July 25, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    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

    • Reply
      Angela Coleby
      July 26, 2018 at 9:34 am

      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!

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