Leek, mushroom and thyme fish cakes

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Leek, mushroom and thyme fish cakes

Just the thing for a mid-week dinner or after-work snack, these fish cakes can be made from ingredients in your fridge and pantry. Easy!

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 2 (as a main)


  • 85g (1⁄3 cup) long grain rice
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 leek, washed, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 100g button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 3 sprigs thyme, leaves picked
  • 185g can tuna in spring water, drained, flaked
  • 30g reduced-fat vintage cheddar, grated
  • 2 x 60g eggs, whisked
  • 2 tbsp wholemeal plain flour or gluten-free flour
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to season
  • Lemon wedges, to serve
  • Picked watercress leaves, to serve


  1. Cook rice in a saucepan of boiling water for 15 minutes or until soft and just breaking down.
  2. Meanwhile, heat ½ tsp oil in a medium non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add leek, garlic, mushrooms and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until leeks are very soft. Transfer to a large bowl. Add cooked rice then, using a fork, mash up slightly. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Add tuna, cheddar, eggs and flour to rice mixture. Season with pepper. Using wet hands, divide mixture into 6 patties.
  4. Heat half the remaining oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add 3 patties and cook for 3 minutes each side or until cooked through and crispy. Repeat with remaining oil and patties. Transfer to a plate and cover loosely with foil to keep warm. Serve fish cakes with lemon wedges and salad leaves.

Nutrition info

Per serve: 1992kJ, protein 35g, total fat 15.4g (sat. fat 5g), carbs 45g, fibre 7g, sodium 342mg

Recipe courtesy of Diabetic Living magazine. For more recipes go to diabeticliving.com.au


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