This recipe is partly based on my mother-in-law's recipe for sardine fritters. Traditionally, fritters are made with salt cod, however, my husband doesn't like salt fish, so my mother-in-law started using canned sardines instead. The recipe is also based on Maritime-style cod cakes, which I've cooked and eaten with a few people in my life. They seem to be quite common across the east coast in Canada, as I've come across them in families from Newfoundland, Cape Breton and PEI. Again, cod cakes are made with salt cod, and with the addition of mashed potato, and otherwise they are quite similar. In Jamaican homes, they seem to be eaten as more of an appetizer or snack, while in the Maritimes you will likely see them as the main part of meal, often served with fried potatos and onions.
1 can sardines packed in water
1.5 cups flour*
1 cup mashed potato*
1 small chopped onion or 2-3 chopped spring onion (I always use spring onion)
1 TBSP chili garlic paste*
2 TBSP lime juice
salt and pepper
1. Drain the sardines and mash with a fork in a mixing bowl.
2. Mix in the egg, lime juice and chili garlic paste if using.
3. Mix in the flour and potato.
4. Heat about 1" of oil in a large frying pan.
5. Drop mixture by the spoonful* into the oil and flatten slightly with a fork.
6. Fry until browned plus a minute or two, flip and do the same on the other side.
7. Blot on paper towel and serve.
Flour - I've been using Robin Hood Nutri-Blend, which is white flour mixed with wheat bran. It tastes and behaves like white flour, with twice the fibre.
Mashed potato - if you don't have any leftovers, you can steam a potato in the microwave for about 5 minutes and mash it with a fork
Chili Garlic Sauce - this goes into 80% of my cooking, it adds a nice spice and garlic flavour to your dishes, you can find it in the Chinese foods section of most grocery stores
Spooning - I like to use an ice cream scoop to spoon out batter. It works well for things like pancakes, and also for baking things like muffins. It keeps each one a uniform size so they are all ready at the same time.