As far as seasonal food in Turkey is concerned, this time of year is our favourite. We’re still enjoying pomegranates, young citrus fruits are starting to appear in their winter abundance on the markets …and hamsi is on Fethiye fish market. We love hamsi!
Last week, we took ourselves off to the fish market to purchase our favourite seasonal fish. We bought a kilo between us, had it all cleaned by the fish mongers and then brought it home to eat for dinner. (Click this link to see our deep-fried hamsi recipe.) So the cat was fed, dinner was eaten and we were both full to the top…with still an annoying amount of crispy fish remaining that neither of us could eat. But hamsi is too good to be throwing away!
A (Not Very) Turkish Recipe For Hamsi Fish Cakes
This recipe makes 5 large hamsi fish cakes.
- Peel, chop and boil one large potato. (The large potatoes in Turkey are very large so use two potatoes if you’re elsewhere and in doubt.)
- Once the potato has softened, drain and allow to steam in the pan for a minute or two.
- Allow to cool and then mash your potato together with a tablespoon of flour and an egg.
- Remove the stalks from your rocket and roughly chop the leaves. Add them to to the potato mixture with a pinch of salt and pepper. We also added chilli powder, but this is optional.
- Now throw in the hamsi (we had about 200g left over) and mash everything together.
Now it’s time to make the mixture into hamsi fishcakes.
- Sprinkle flour over a large serving plate.
- And now it’s time to delve in and get your hands messy. Roughly divide your potato mixture into 5 balls and form and pat each ball into the shape of a thick burger.
- Now place each fishcake onto the serving plate and turn them over so they are coated in flour on both sides.
- Cover the base of a frying pan in oil and heat.
- Fry the fishcakes for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until they are golden.
And now it’s time to serve and eat your hamsi fishcakes.
(Hamsi is currently 7 TL per kilo on Fethiye fish market. 7 TL’s worth of hamsi made us an ample evening meal, lunch the day after and the cat was fed twice. We think that’s a good deal!)