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Recipe for the famous St Helena Fish Cakes

The following is one of our most popular blog posts of all time, so this week we’re re-sharing the recipe for the legendary St Helena fish cakes…

If you’re looking for a taste of St Helena, then look no further! The Island’s cuisine is wonderfully varied with Malay, British, and Chinese influences. Each dish has their own special ‘Saint’ twist, especially the spices and curries. Different types of fish are a staple diet for Saints, tuna fish cakes being a speciality. However pumpkins also feature heavily, along with local lamb, mutton, pork and beef.

If you want to try out a traditional St Helena dish, then check out the recipe below for the famous St Helena Fish Cakes. A big thank you to the RMS St Helena for providing us with these details!

TV personality Tim Wonnacott making fish cakes

You will need…

  • 250g fresh tuna
  • 300g potatoes
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pinch of thyme
  • 1 small/medium egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 rasher of bacon diced
  • Salt to season
  • 1 chilli chopped finely
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of paprika
  • 2 tablespoons of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients

1)    Peel and boil potatoes in lightly salted water until soft. Drain, mash and leave to cool.

2)    Cook and shred the fish with a knife until fine. Add the mashed potato.

3)    Heat a frying pan on a medium heat with 2 tablespoons of cooking oil.

4)    Fry the onion, parsley, thyme, spice, salt, chilli and bacon until lightly browned.

5)    Cool, then add to fish and mashed potato. Add the egg and mix together.

6)    Form patties with hands to about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick and about 3 inches round.

7)    Head a frying pan on a medium heat with 2 tablespoons of cooking oil.

8)    Fry patties until brown on both sides.

St Helena fish cakes

St Helena Fish Cakes are traditionally served on hamburger buns with ketchup, rice pilaf and vegetables.

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