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Spiced cod fritters with harissa honey dip

Spiced cod fritters with harissa honey dip

Spiced cod fritters with harissa honey dip

These crunchy fish fritters with sweet and spicy dip from Persian cooking guru Sabrina Ghayour are a great idea for a middle-Eastern dinner party spread.


Preparation 50 min.

Serves 6 (makes about 24)




  • cod or other firm white fish 500g
  • left-over mashed potato 500g, chilled (or boil then mash 500g peeled floury potatoes then cool and chill)
  • garlic 4 cloves, crushed
  • spring onion a bunch, thinly sliced
  • flat-leaf parsley a small bunch, finely chopped
  • dill a small bunch, finely chopped
  • lime 1, zested plus wedges to serve
  • ground turmeric 1 tsp
  • eggs 3 large
  • plain flour 4 heaped tbsp
  • baking powder 1 tsp
  • vegetable oil for frying



  • rose harissa 2 tbsp
  • honey 4 tbsp



  • STEP 1
    Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Roast the cod on a non-stick baking tray for about 10-12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet, and once cooked remove from the oven. Discard the skin and any bones, and mash the fish in a bowl with a fork, as fine as possible, then allow to cool.
  • STEP 2
    Mix all the remaining ingredients, except the oil, with the fish in a large mixing bowl, with a generous amount of salt and pepper, and then cover the bowl with clingfilm and chill the mixture for an hour to cool and solidify it.
  • STEP 3
    Heat 1cm oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat and allow it to get hot, but not smoking. Take a heaped dessertspoonful of the mixture at a time and drop it into the oil. Don’t worry about uneven shapes. Fry the fritters for about 2-3 minutes, turning them over and frying them for about a minute on the reverse side, then remove using a slotted spoon and drain on to a kitchen paper-lined plate. Repeat until all the fritters are done.
Mix the sauce ingredients together with a little cold water, to slacken the mixture to a dipping-sauce consistency. Check the flavour and consistency and serve alongside the fritters, with lime wedges on the side.
Tags : Cod, Recipe

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