Chef Dominic Hirst from The Cooking School at Dean Clough shares this week’s recipe - Thai fishcakes and Thai curry paste

Dominic Hirst, chef tutor at the Cooking School, Dean Clough
Dominic Hirst, chef tutor at the Cooking School, Dean Clough

You can make the Thai curry paste in this recipe from scratch and either use it immediately, or keep in the fridge and use within 3 weeks. Added to the fishcakes it makes a great starter or light lunch.


For the paste

3 red chillis – deseeded and roughly


1 shallot – peeled and roughly chopped

3cm piece root ginger – peeled and

finely diced

1 garlic clove – peeled and roughly


40g fresh coriander – roughly chopped

1 lemongrass – roughly chopped

grated zest and juice of 1 lime

½ tablespoon coriander seeds – crushed

½ teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon black peppercorns – crushed

1 teaspoon Thai fish sauce or light soy sauce

2 ½ tablespoons corn oil

For the fishcakes (makes 10-12 small fishcakes)

2 medium-sizes potatoes – cooked, mashed and cooled

1 egg – beaten

2 tablespoons coriander – chopped

1 dessertspoon Thai curry Paste

3 spring onions – chopped

200g market fish fillets – steamed (skinned and boned)

flour for dusting


- medium saucepan

- chopping board

- sharp knife

- 2 mixing bowls

- can opener

- teaspoon

- tablespoon

- flour dredger

- palette knife

- baking tray

- chopping board

- knife

- food processor

- pestle and mortar

- tablespoon

- teaspoon

How to make it

1. Place all the ingredients for the paste into a food processor and blend to a paste. Use straight away or store in a jar in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

2. Heat the oven to 200ºC/Gas 6. In a mixing bowl, combine the mashed potato, egg, coriander and spring onions. Mix well. Gently stir in the steamed fish.

3. Add the Thai Curry Paste to taste.

4. Divide the mixture into even portions. Using flour for dusting, form into balls and flatten slightly into pattie shapes. Place on a greased baking tray.

5. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes until piping hot and golden-brown.