Fish Fritters With Cucumber

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Fried fish with cucumber

Fried fish with cucumber

Fish and chips are very popular here in UK. I love them too but only eat on special occasions, mainly because it’s very oily. Usually it comes with a thick layer of batter and full of oil. Together with the chips, I’m always too full and feel exhausted after such a meal.

At home I love to make fish fritters. It is good as a starter or a meal. It goes well with cucumber slices and a good dipping sauce. Cucumber is a very popular vegetable in Malaysian cuisine. It is often used as garnishes and salad. In Malaysia, the weather is hot throughout the year and cucumber is always most welcoming. It’s refreshing and cooling. On top of that, a lot of Malaysian dishes are spicy. Cucumber helps to cool the heat.

This recipe is simple and easy to cook. It is great as a starter, for a meal or even for parties.

Ingredients A
300g fish (I used river cobbler)
dipping sauce of your choice

Ingredients B (batter)
1 egg
1/2t sea salt
2T chili sauce
2T flour

Fish batter

Fish batter

Mix Ingredients B in a bowl. Add enough water to make a fairly thick batter.

Fish in batter

Fish in batter

Cut the fish into bite size pieces and add to the batter. Heat up some oil in the frying pan or wok and pan fry until browned on both sides. Fish is very fast to cook so do not cook too long otherwise the meat will become tough. I used a white fish called river cobbler. It’s the first time I tried. The meat is very tender and delicious, only that it smells a little muddy. A good dipping sauce will handle that. Salmon will be a good choice, too.

Garnish the dish with cucumber slices and serve hot with your favourite dipping sauce. I love to dip in  a mixture of balsamic vinegar mixed with soya sauce, chili sauce and some sesame oil.

What is your favourite batter for fried fish? What is your favourite dipping sauce? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

Other fish recipes that you may be interested in:
Teriyaki Salmon
Baked Salmon And Noodles
Sweet And Sour Fish
Healthy Salmon Salad
Spicy Salmon Fillets
Chili Salmon With Hot Bean Paste
Garlic Pork And Ginger Fish
Teriyaki Salmon Prawns Patties
Salmon And Asparagus Stir Fry
Spicy Salmon On Spinach
Salmon In Hot Sambal Sauce

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pierre  on May 24th, 2010

hi mary this is a very good alternative to fish and chips !! cheers Pierre de paris

3hungrytummies  on May 24th, 2010

A wonderful appetizer indeed! I love using cucumber for the same reason too!

penny aka jeroxie  on May 24th, 2010

Such a new way to have fish~ and cucumber makes it healthier ;)

sushma mallya  on May 24th, 2010

my son loves fish & chips, and making this at home is such a lovely idea, its much more heathier and this looks more nice than which v get outside…and beautiful clicks too mary

somewhere in singapore  on May 24th, 2010

What flour u use, plain flour?

Nasi Lemak Lover  on May 24th, 2010

Mary, I also posted fish dish, your fish also look yummy.

SathyaSridhar  on May 24th, 2010

Mary,,my faaav one is fish n chips never tried fish fritters myself at home dear,ur verison looks very easy n quick can make startes for the parties.

pigpigscorner  on May 24th, 2010

This makes a great appetiser! I love mine with some sweet Thai chili sauce!

Von  on May 24th, 2010

I love fish and chips! Actually, I like any type of fried fish. These fish fritters look yummy! The batter looks really interesting and sounds realy nice- it’s different to anything I’ve ever had before….=]

Ananda  on May 24th, 2010

Am craving for some fish…this is just wonderful..will try sometime soon :)

Belinda @zomppa  on May 24th, 2010

Great cucumber combo. Looks awesome.

Joanne  on May 24th, 2010

That cucumber sounds like such a light and refreshing accompaniment to the fried fish! Delicious.

Malar Gandhi  on May 24th, 2010

Looks awesome, lovley fish preparation.

the lacquer spoon  on May 24th, 2010

What a beautiful presentation! With your fish dish, I never pop over chippies in the UK!!

Dimah  on May 24th, 2010

Yum, these look delicious!

Carla  on May 24th, 2010

Mary, your fish looks light and fluffy. I love the addition of the chili sauce to the batter. I will use this batter recipe next time I make fish.

kristy  on May 24th, 2010

I like it with Thai sweet chili sauce. Hmm…that definitely will give you a good kick! Hope you’ll have a wonderful day!
Cheers, Kristy

divya  on May 24th, 2010

wow like fish a lot and your version is too good….its very colorful and pictures was fabulous…

Jeannie  on May 24th, 2010

Mmmmm..another fish recipe to try… just hopped in from Sonia’s sweet and sour sauce fish:D I love to eat this type of fish with chilli sauce too.

anncoo  on May 24th, 2010

WOW! Really simple and easy finger food. Love to cook this one day ;D

Erica  on May 24th, 2010

The batter sounds delicious!!!Love finger food… It is Fun food :)Greta for summer.

joylicious  on May 24th, 2010

I love fish fritters!! I love that you served them with cucumbers as well :) Too bad fried foods are not fat free — it’d make my life a lot easier…

Beautiful dish Mary (as always!)

Mary  on May 24th, 2010

@pierre - Thanks very much, Pierre! :D

@3hungrytummies - Thanks very much, Suresh! :D

@penny aka jeroxie - Thanks very much, Penny! :D

@sushma mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! :D My children love home made fish fritters…not so oily cos I don’t deep fry them. Hope you son likes the fish cooked this way.

@somewhere in singapore - Yes, I used plain flour, also called multi purpose flour. Maybe next time I’ll try with other flours. It may come out even more delicious :D

@Nasi Lemak Lover - We must be craving for fish…haha :D Will have to check out yours. Must be delicious.

@SathyaSridhar - Thanks very much, Sathya! :D Hope you like this one.

@pigpigscorner - I love Thai sweet chili too! :D

@Von - Thanks very much, Von! :D I love a little spicy taste to the batter.

@Ananda - Thanks very much, Ananda! Have fun cooking :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Thanks very much, Belinda! :D

@Joanne - Thanks very much, Joanne! :D

@Malar Gandhi - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Malar! :D

@the lacquer spoon - Thanks very much! :D I’m sure in Japan, fish is cooked in very healthy ways. I love the eel and rice dish…mmmm. Here in UK, I have once eaten fish and chips that’s still dripping with oil when served!!

@Dimah - Thanks very much, Dimah! :D

@Carla - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Carla! Have fun cooking :D

@kristy - I love Thai sweet chili sauce too. There’s always a big bottle in my house :D

@divya - Thanks very much, Divya! :D

@Jeannie - Looks like a lot of us like it with sweet chili sauce :D

@anncoo - Thanks very much, Ann! You have to cook more. I’m sure your lovely cat would want some, too :D

@Erica - Thanks very much, Erica! You are very right. This would be great for outdoor eating :D

@joylicious - Haha…if only we can fry fish in water!!!! I’m sure everyone will look slim :P

Lazaro  on May 24th, 2010

Like the idea of the dish. The cucumber and the dipping sauce sound great. Love the cooking of the fish perfect golden brown.

As far as my favorite batter for fish. A Guiness batter is difficult to beat.


lequan@luvtoeat  on May 24th, 2010

I really liked that you used eggs as part of your batter. My daughter would luv your version cause it looks much more pretty and she loves cucumbers. As for dipping sauce we like to dip in tamarind sauce along with cucumbers. My mom likes to make cucumbers with shrimp and mint salad and dip in tamarind sauce. Thank you for sharing your lovely HEALTHY recipes as always Mary!

Cheah  on May 24th, 2010

This is finger licking good, especially with some Thai chilly sauce.

tasteofbeirut  on May 24th, 2010

Simple recipe but it is delicious! I should make it as I love simple recipes and I love cucumbers!

Juliana  on May 24th, 2010

Wow, what a nice dish…love the idea of pairing with cucumber…somehow refresh the fried fish…yummie!

Yummy Team  on May 24th, 2010

What a delicious appetizer!! Am drooling here..You always come up with wonderful recipes, Mary..

mycookinghut  on May 24th, 2010

Totally agree with you on fish and chips. I don’t think I eat it more than twice in a year. I love this fish fritters, better than fish in oily beer batter.

Faith  on May 24th, 2010

I make fish a lot but I never really think to batter it. This looks really delicious, Mary! I’m bookmarking this recipe. ;)

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Mary  on May 24th, 2010

@Lazaro - Oooh…I’d love to try the beer batter. It may be oily but once in a blue moon I don;t mind. I’ll probably squeeze more lime juice over it to cut through the oiliness. I saw once on a TV cooking show. Thanks very much for reminding :D

@lequan@luvtoeat - It’s amazing that your daughter likes cucumber. A lot of children don’t like vegetables. You have trained her very well. I have never tried the tamarind sauce. I’m sure it’s very delicious as it’s a little sour and great for anything fried. Thanks very much for sharing :D

@Cheah - Aha…I see that you like Thai chili sauce, too :D

@tasteofbeirut - Sounds like a perfect recipe for both of us :D I just don;t have much patience for elaborate recipes. I hope I don’t miss out too much…haha

@Juliana - Thanks very much, Juliana! :D

@Yummy Team - Thanks very much! Time to cook :D

@mycookinghut - It’s coming to half a year soon. I have not eaten fish and chips yet!! I think I’m quite satisfied with my fish fritters :D We better eat healthy!

@Faith - Give a try. Have fun cooking :D

Light Delight with TouTou  on May 24th, 2010

Ah, I should read your post earlier - I steam some fish that is sooo fishy and I can barely finish the plate. Put the chili powder in the batter and fry it is a much better idea !!!

Stella  on May 24th, 2010

Hey Mary, this just looks like summer. I’m going to the store in the morning to get seafood, and I have an organic cuke in the fridge. So I’m going to fry myself some fish, since my Cauldron Boy is out of town…(yes!)

Blackswan  on May 24th, 2010

Love the pairing & the batter looks interesting. Thks for sharing!

Carolyn Jung  on May 24th, 2010

I have to say that I do love a good tempura batter. So crisp, yet lacy and light.

Roti n Rice  on May 24th, 2010

I like your batter with the chili sauce. Never thought of adding chili sauce to the batter. Thanks for the idea!

peteformation  on May 24th, 2010

My kids love fish fritters….nice to eat with cucumber….with some hot chilly sauce..yum!

Jess @ Bakericious  on May 24th, 2010

this is finger licking food, i can eat a few at one go :P

Sook  on May 24th, 2010

Those fritters sure look delicious, Mary!

Devaki  on May 24th, 2010

Dear Mary - Nothing beats hot fried fish straight out of the pan. Yours is super yummy :)

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

sweetlife  on May 24th, 2010

mary, this looks wonderful, I think I could eat the whole plate, ha ha


5 Star Foodie  on May 24th, 2010

I love the idea of chili sauce in a batter and the pairing with a cucumber, perfect!

Tuty @Scentofspice  on May 24th, 2010

My mom always said to me to eat cucumber or pickled cucumber when eating fried food. I think I am beginning to understand the yin and yang of this pairing :-)

I love the spicy batter you have. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

Sweet Jasmine  on May 25th, 2010

What a lovely presentation, Mary. It must taste yummy. Will be cooking it soon with my fish. Thks for sharing.

Priya  on May 25th, 2010

Wat a yummyilicious fritters, feel like grabbing some..

tigerfish  on May 25th, 2010

I like that you added chili sauce in the batter :)
and this looks like an easy tasty dish to make.

Wendy  on May 25th, 2010

This is such a healthy and delicious dish. My children don’t really like to eat fish. I hope they will like this cos I like it. I will be happy to have this with some baked potatoes for dinner. It’s simple and easy to make this, too. I have to try this soon. Thanks for sharing.

fimère  on May 25th, 2010

ces beignets me font vraiment craquer j’aime beaucoup la combinaison avec les concombres
bonne journée

Shawnee  on May 25th, 2010

That is an excellent idea! I love fish and chips as well. What a healthy alternative!

momgateway  on May 25th, 2010

Mary, This is a dish I truly enjoyed making. The cucumbers just pair so well with the fish.Thanks too for your nice comments in my blog.

Sunita  on May 25th, 2010

Yes, fish and chips are a deadly combo. But I love your version, thanks for sharing :-)

Peggy  on May 25th, 2010

definitely a great and healthy meal! I’ve got some fresh caught small bass in my freezer, may thaw them out and use them for this!

Mary  on May 25th, 2010

@Light Delight with TouTou - Oh no….so sorry to hear that, Tou Tou. I also don’t like the fishy smell. I usually add more ginger, garlic, pepper or chili. Try again. The next one will surely come out delicious :D

@Stella - Haha…sounds like you can cook and enjoy it all yourself! :D

@Blackswan - Thanks very much, Shirley! :D

@Carolyn Jung - Thanks very much, Carolyn! :D This one is not that crisp. But if you add some rice flour, it will be more crisp.

@Roti n Rice - You are most welcome, Biren. I like chilies and chili sauce. If I can, I think I will add chili sauce to every dish :D

@peteformation - Wow….your kids are very well trained to eat chili sauce! Can’t deny that….dad is such a good cook! :D

@Jess @ Bakericious - Bet you can cos I did….eating while cooking :D

@Sook - Thanks very much, Sook! :D

@Devaki - Thanks very much, Devaki! I just couldn’t resist eating them while I was frying :D

@sweetlife - Haha…let me count…not many pieces there. Bet you can finish all! :D

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much, Natasha! :D

@Tuty @Scentofspice - Your mom gave good advice. My mom didn’t explain….just told to eat what was served! :D

@Sweet Jasmine - Thanks very much, Jasmine! have fun cooking :D

@Priya - Haha…..thanks very much, Priya! :D

@tigerfish - Thanks very much, Tigerfish :D

@Wendy - Wow…you are going to have a lovely meal! I hope your children like these fish fritters. Have fn cooking :D

@fimère - Thanks very much, Fimère! :D

@Shawnee - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Shawnee! :D Have fun cooking!

@momgateway - You are most welcome. Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! :D

@Sunita - Thanks very much, Sunita! :D

@Peggy - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! Have fun cooking :D

yasmeen  on May 25th, 2010

Love this crisp fish and cool cucumber combo :D

Magic of Spice  on May 25th, 2010

Very refreshing. Great combination:)

Wendy  on May 25th, 2010

I have never seen river cobbler! I must look out for it. Thanks, Mary - another delicious recipe!

Patty  on May 25th, 2010

I LLLOOOVVEEE fish fritters! But have always been afraid to try them! What kind of fish is river cobbler? Is that a white fish? can I use something like halibut? Or tilapia?

Mary  on May 25th, 2010

@yasmeen - Thanks very much, Yasmeen! :D

@Magic of Spice - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! :D

@Patty - River cobbler is a type of white fish. It is a little fishy.
Any white fish will do. The best would be fresh fish rather than frozen ones. Give a try. I hope you like it. I love cod and often use it for fritters. Gosh, I always overeat :D

Drick  on May 25th, 2010

Mary, some how I missed this yesterday …my favorite for fish is simple southern - Depending on amount of fish, cover the bottom of a wide bowl with cornmeal, lightly cover this with red pepper (cayenne) and then cover this well with salt. Mix and dredge fish pieces and fry in hot oil. It is how I was taught by my mother’s maid and it is the best….give it a try, for me

Cathy at Wives with Knives  on May 25th, 2010

I know I would love this preparation, Mary. I’ve never heard of river cobbler but I bet our local white fish would work.

claudia lamascolo  on May 25th, 2010

your kids are so lucky to have you as a mom, you make fun to eat foods this looks great!

Mary  on May 25th, 2010

This looks so refreshing. Mary, the food you make is always so beautiful to look at. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

rosebelle  on May 26th, 2010

Ahhh! I bought two fish halibut fillets and didn’t know what to do with them so I baked them instead. Wish I had stopped by earlier. Great dish here!

DG  on May 26th, 2010

I like anything in fried. Hm… seems that you like spicy food a lot, you already mixed the chilli sauce in the batter. What a great way to do, so … no need to dip in to the chilli sauce when you eat.

Simply Life  on May 27th, 2010

oooh I’m loving the combo of fish and cucumber- sounds like a great pair! YUM!

Brenda Ortiz  on May 27th, 2010’s done it again. Incredible read!

Pepy @Indonesia Eats  on May 27th, 2010

Cucumber is good for “acar” and cucumber iced. Very refreshing!

I bet I like your batter since it uses chili sauce yummmmy

Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective  on May 27th, 2010

This looks great!

Mary  on May 27th, 2010

@Drick - Thanks very much for sharing the recipe, Drick! Appreciate very much. I would love to try that. I’m already drooling :D

@Cathy at Wives with Knives - Yes, you can use any other white fish. They will work equally well. My next try would be with cod…mmmm :D

@claudia lamascolo - Thanks very much, Claudia! I’m lucky to have them to enjoy my food :D

@Mary - Thanks very much, Mary! :D Hope you have great day, too!

@rosebelle - I’m sure your baked halibut fillets are delicious. There’s always the next time to try :D Hope you like this one. Have fun cooking!

@DG - Haha….oh yes, I love spicy food. It makes me happy :D

@Simply Life - They are a great pair! One is cool and one is hot…great marriage…haha :D

@Brenda Ortiz - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Brenda! :D

@Pepy @Indonesia Eats - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Pepy! :D

@Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Sommer! :D

Jeena  on May 28th, 2010

These look so lovely. The flavor in the batter must taste excellent! :)

Mary  on May 30th, 2010

@Jeena - Thanks very much, Jeena! :D

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