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Middle Eastern Alaska Fish Cakes with Green Tahini Sauce

Middle Eastern Alaska Fish Cakes with Green Tahini Sauce
Make these fish cakes with a whitefish like Alaska sole to try a new take on a classic.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Servings: 4
  • Yield: 6-8 fish cakes


  • Green Tahini Sauce

  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Middle Eastern Fish Cakes

  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped mint
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound Alaska flounder or sole filets, patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

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  1. Step 1 Prepare green tahini sauce

    Put the parsley, cilantro, and mint in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

     Add the tahini, lemon juice, salt, and 1 tablespoon water until smooth. Continue blending, adding water 1 tablespoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached (it should be thin enough to drizzle but not watery). Set aside (can be made up to a few days ahead of time and refrigerated, but will thicken so bring to room temperature and stir in a little more water as needed before serving).

  2. Step 2 Prepare fish cakes

    Rinse out the food processor. Add the cilantro, parsley, mint, and garlic and pulse until finely chopped. Add the flounder/sole, lemon zest, cumin, and salt and pulse until roughly chopped and combined (you want it to be well mixed but not a smooth paste). Form into 1½-inch patties.

    Heat the vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the patties, working in batches if necessary, and fry for 2 to 3 minutes per side, until lightly browned and cooked through. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate as they finish cooking.

  3. Step 3 To serve

    Serve the fish cakes as a starter with the green tahini sauce drizzled over or on the side for dipping. To make it a full meal, serve with a grain like barley or freekah and a simple salad of chopped tomato and cucumber.

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