Spicy Fish Cutlets Using an Airfryer

Spicy Fish Cutlets Using an Airfryer

Fish cutlets or fish cakes are a popular appetizer. They are easy to make and can be made ahead of time. The cutlets can be stored in the freezer. So whenever guests arrive at short notice, you can cook the fish cutlets quickly. Fish cutlets can be made using any fish that has less bones. You can use sea bream, tilapia, salmon, tuna etc, In this version of fish cutlets, we use sea bream as this is a very fleshy fish and contains very little bones and is easy to flake. You can even use canned tuna to prepare this version of fish cutlets.

Enjoy the fish cutlets with mint chutney or tomato ketchup.

The Recipe

Serves: 3 – 4
Makes around 20 cutlets

Ingredients for boiling the fish:
2 medium sized seabream fish, approx. 800 grams (or you can choose any other fish like tilapia, salmon or even canned tuna)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper powder
1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/8 teaspoon salt

In a pan, add some oil, then add black pepper powder, turmeric powder, and salt. Add the fish into the pan, and add some water cover the pan and allow the fish to cook on its own steam. Once the fish is cooked, let it cool down before removing the skin and bones, flake the fish and be sure to drain any excess water.

Ingredients for the fish cutlets:
2 cups flaked fish meat
3 large potatoes, approx. 500 grams
4 green chillies
1-inch ginger
7 cloves garlic
2 onions, medium-sized, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
1/4 teaspoon chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon fennel powder
1 teaspoon black pepper powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 cup fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped

For the coating:
1 egg
1 cup breadcrumbs
Oil for frying

Wash and boil the potatoes with the skin on, cooked until its tender. Peel off the skin of the potatoes, mash it thoroughly to ensure that there are no lumps. Keep it aside.

In a food processor, grind together the green chillies, ginger, and garlic. Set aside.

Heat oil in a pan and add the chopped onions, sauté it until it becomes translucent.

Add the mixture of green chillies, ginger, and garlic, mix well.

Then add garam masala powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder, fennel powder, black pepper powder. Mix well.

Add the flaked fish, salt, and lemon juice, mix well then add the potatoes and coriander leaves. Switch off the flame and keep it aside to cool down.

In a bowl, beat the egg thoroughly and add pinch of salt. Place breadcrumbs on a plate.

Start shaping the fish mixture into small ball and flatten it. Dip these cutlets into the beaten egg then coat it in breadcrumbs.

Preheat the airfryer to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit) for 3 minutes.

Spray some cooking oil on the fish cutlets.

Place the fish cutlets inside the cooking basket and set the timer for 6 minutes.

After 6 minutes, open the cooking basket and flip the fish cutlets and fry it at 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit) for another 6 minutes.

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