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Shallow Fried Fish Croquettes / Fish Cutlets

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Shallow fried Bechamel Fish croquettes / fish cutlets recipe that’s crunchy and creamy adapted from Julia Child’s Mastering the art of french cooking. Perfect appetizer for all occasions.

  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 mins
  • Yield: 20 1x



Main Ingredients

  • 250 grams Fish fillet (Like Basa,Tilapia)
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herb mixture (any store bought variety)
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped fine
  • 3 tablespoons chopped spring onion (scallions)
  • 1 teaspoon minced green chilli (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper flakes
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs

For the bechamel

  • 1/4 cup All purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg yolk

Other ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Bread crumbs for dredging
  • 1/4 cup Oil for shallow frying


  1. Pan fry or steam the fish fillet and shred it into small pieces. Keep aside.
  2. Add Olive oil (sunflower, canola will work too) to a pan and add in a teaspoon of dried Italian herb mixture. Add in the chopped onions, salt and fry till slightly brown.
  3. Once the onions are nice and brown, add in the spring onions (scallions), minced green chillies (if using) and saute briefly until the spring onions wilt. Add it to the bowl along with the shredded fish. Set aside.
  4. Place 1/4 cup of flour in the same pan and gradually blend in 3/4 cup of milk with a whisk. Stir this mixture over low flame until mixture begins to lump.
  5. Remove from heat and vigorously blend in one egg yolk. When smooth, beat over heat for 2 minutes to thicken the sauce. Remove from heat and add it to the fish mixture.
  6. Add in a teaspoon of pepper flakes and mix well to combine.
  7. Add up to 1 cup of fresh bread crumbs (just pulse bread slices in a food processor until fine) and mix well to combine. Refrigerate the mixture at this stage for at-least 30 minutes.
  8. Make cutlets and dredge them with bread crumbs and shape into a round with fingers. Pat crumbs evenly on entire surface.
  9. Refrigerate the patties for 15 minutes (up to a day) before frying.
  10. Add a table spoon of oil to a pan and set on to medium flame. Add in the patties and fry for a minute on each side. Drain on paper towels. Serve hot.
  • Author: kannamma
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: French
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