For today's recipe, we want to show you how to make delicious vegan "fish" cakes with a wonderful Thai spin. They are as tasty as nutritious as the classic ones, made with simple and wholesome ingredients.
While many no-fish cake recipes use chickpeas, we opted for cannellini beans instead. They have a light cream colour, which makes them look pretty much like white fish once mashed. Also, cannellini have a more subtle flavour than chickpeas, making our Thai ingredients combo shine. Plus, they're as packed with proteins and fibres as chickpeas, so you won't miss any precious nutrients.
Once we sorted the texture and colour of our "fish" cakes, it was time to tackle the "fishy" flavour. How did we do it? With nori sheets. Nori is a seaweed with a briny taste, like seawater, which makes us think about fish. Perfect for this recipe! Moreover, nori provides a plant-based source of omega-3, iodine, iron, and calcium, making it a valuable vegan alternative to fish.
To make our vegan fish patties even more flavourful, we added a Thai-inspired mix of lemongrass, ginger, chillies, coriander, and lime. They bring these cakes to an all-new level! So, we recommend you don't skip any of these ingredients if you can find them. Finally, we breaded the bean patties with a light breadcrumb coating, which you can swap with almond flour or cornmeal if you're on a gluten-free diet.
Instead of frying our "fish" cakes, we baked them in the oven until crusty and golden to keep the fats low. As a result, each patty has just 145 calories, and it provides 15% RDI of proteins and 18% RDI of fibres, all with just 5% RDI of fats. So, a serving of two cakes will cover your nutrient needs for a meal without adding too many fats, exactly what we need in a balanced vegan diet.
The best way to enjoy our cannellini "fish" cakes is to pair them with other delicious Thai dishes, such as our vegan nasi goreng, green bean pilaf rice, and papaya salad. And if you want to round up a Thai-themed dinner, serve them with our green curry puffs as an appetiser and our green pandan jelly as a dessert. Your guests will love it!