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Keftes de Pescada (Sephardic Fish Patties)
Keftes de Pescada (Sephardic Fish Patties) Gil Marks | Pareve
2 hours, 25 minutes 20 minutes
2 hours
5 minutes
6 to 8 servings

Fish cakes, a tasty way to use and stretch leftovers, are popular in many Ashkenazic and Sephardic communities.  Some Sephardim serve these patties at the Passover Seder.

<em>Gil Marks is the author of the James Beard Award finalist book The World of Jewish Cooking, The World of Jewish Entertaining, and the recently released The World of Jewish Desserts.</em>

  • 2 cups boned, skinned, and flaked cooked cod
  • ¾ cup fresh breadcrumbs or 1 cup matza meal
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • About 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small onion, minced (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (optional)

  • About ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten with 1½ teaspoons vegetable oil and 1½ teaspoons water
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs or matza meal
  • Vegetable oil for frying

  1. Combine all the patty ingredients.  Chill for about 2 hours.
  2. Shape into 2½- to 3-inch long and 1-inch wide patties about ¾-inch thick.
  3. Dredge lightly in flour, dip in the eggs, then coat with the breadcrumbs.
  4. Heat a thin layer of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the patties, turning, until golden brown on both sides (about 2 minutes per side).  Drain on paper towels. If desired, serve with lemon wedges, horseradish sauce, mayonnaise, or tomato sauce.
  5. Variations:
    • Substitute haddock for the cod and grind in a food processor or substitute a 15- to 16-oz. can of salmon for the cod.
    • Fish Balls: Shape the fish mixture into 1-inch balls and deep-fry in several inches vegetable oil heated to about 375°F (190°C) until golden brown.