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    Fish & Lobster Cakes

    Source of Recipe

    From "Cooking for Jeffrey" by Ina Garten

    Recipe Introduction

    "Crab cakes are delicious but these fish cakes with a mixture of cod and lobster are much less expected. The creamy cod—with dill, lemon, and mustard—combined with chunks of sweet lobster meat, is wonderful. I ask the seafood shop to cook the lobster for me."

    List of Ingredients

    ◦ 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
    ◦ 1 ½ cups (¼- to ½-inch-diced) yellow onion
    ◦ 1 cup (¼- to ½-inch-diced) celery
    ◦ 1 large Holland red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and ¼- to ½-inch-diced
    ◦ 1 ¼ pounds boneless, skinless cod fillets, cut into 4 pieces
    ◦ ½ cup heavy cream
    ◦ Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    ◦ 4 cups panko (Japanese bread flakes), divided
    ◦ 3 tablespoons minced fresh dill
    ◦ 2 tablespoons good mayonnaise, such as Hellmann's
    ◦ 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    ◦ 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
    ◦ 2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
    ◦ ½ pound cooked lobster meat, ½-inch-diced
    ◦ Good olive oil
    ◦ Rémoulade Sauce


    Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

    Heat 3 tablespoons of the butter in a large (12-inch) sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, and bell pepper and cook over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Place the fish on top of the vegetables and add the cream, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 6 to 12 minutes (depending on the thickness of the cod), until the fish is just cooked. Set aside in the pan for 10 minutes, then flake the fish in large pieces with a fork.

    Put 2 cups of the panko in a large bowl. Add the cod mixture, including the cooking liquid, the dill, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon zest, eggs, lobster, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon black pepper and mix gently.

    Using a 2 ¼-inch ice cream scoop as a measure, shape the mixture into 14 (3-inch) fish cakes. Place the remaining 2 cups of panko on a plate and coat the cakes all over, patting the coating to adhere. Wipe the sauté pan clean with a paper towel and heat 2 tablespoons of the butter and 2 tablespoons of oil in the pan over medium heat.

    Place 5 cakes in the pan and cook for 5 minutes on each side, until nicely browned on both sides. Transfer the cakes to a sheet pan and keep them warm in the oven for up to 15 minutes. Repeat, adding more butter and oil, until the entire mixture is cooked. Serve hot with the rémoulade sauce.

    Makes 14 cakes;
    Serves 6 to 8

    Rémoulade Sauce:

    ◦ 1 ½ cups good mayonnaise, such as Hellmann's
    ◦ 6 tablespoons minced cornichons
    ◦ 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
    ◦ 3 tablespoons Champagne or white wine vinegar
    ◦ Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Place the mayonnaise, cornichons, mustard, vinegar, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, and ¾ teaspoon pepper in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Pulse a few times until the cornichons are finely chopped (not puréed). Transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate.

    Make ahead: Prepare and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

    Makes 1 ½ cups




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