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Sweet Potato Fish Croquets

Sweet Potato Fish Croquets

PARTNER POST: Get ready to feed a holiday crowd with appetizer recipes paired perfectly with food-friendly Cavit wines.
Modeled after the traditional Bengali croquet, these fish cake appetizers swap out potatoes for sweet potatoes to become a perfect seasonal appetizer.

Sweet Potato Fish Croquets

This week with the onset of the cold felt a little harder, however, I survived and celebrated by making an interesting riff on the very Bengali fish chops or croquet. I subbed most of the potatoes with sweet potatoes, and the world did not end!

In fact, it became pretty tasty. The folks at Cavit sent me both red and white wine and this recipe, interestingly I feel works with both varieties but tends to complement their red somewhat better.

Sweet Potato Fish Croquets

Their Pinot Grigio has a crisp, fresh taste. This from someone who does not typically like white wine is a big deal. There are so many recipes bubbling around in our kitchen and world.

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  • Author: Rinku Bhattacharya
  • Total Time: 3 minutes



For the Fish Filling

  • 1/2 pound of salmon or cod fillet
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon powdered cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon red cayenne powder or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

For the coating

  • 1 pound of sweet potatoes
  • 1 medium sized russet or Yukon gold poatoes
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon powdered cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red cayenne pepper or to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 2 cups of breadcrumbs
  • OIl for frying

For the creamy peanut dipping sauce

  • 1/2 cup salted peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • 2 green chilies
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  1. Place the fish in a microwave safe dish, drizzle with salt and a little water and cover and microwave for about 5 minutes.
  2. Set aside and when cool, remove the cover and flake the fish.
  3. Heat the oil and add the onion and cook the onion until soft, add in the ginger and cook for another minute.
  4. Add in the fish and mix well. Add in the cumin, red cayenne powder, sugar and garam masala and mix well.
  5. Stir in the cilantro and set the mixture and set aside to cool.
  6. While the mixture is cooking, boil the sweet potatoes and potatoes jacket on until soft. Cool the sweet potatoes and the potato and mash well. Add in the lime juice, cumin, salt, cayenne pepper and salt and mix well.
  7. Beat the flour with water to form a thin clingy batter.
  8. Break small amounts of the potato batter, shape into a an oval and make a dent in the center and fill with the fish filling and cover with the sweet potato mixture. Continue until all the sweet potato and fish mixture is used up.
  9. Spread the breadcrumbs on a piece of parchment. Flatten and dip the sweet potato fish cakes in the flour mixture and coat well with bread crumbs and place on a plate. Continue all the fish cakes in this manner. Chill for an hour. For best results make these the night before serving.
  10. Heat the oil in a skillet and add the cakes about 2 to 3 at a time and fry until golden and then turn.
  11. To make the sauce, add the peanut butter, coconut milk, ginger, chilies, lime juice and sugar in a blend and blend until smooth.
  12. Serve the fish chops with the dipping sauce a glass of your favorite wine.
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Bengali-inspired


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