Spiced cod fritters with harissa honey dip

Spiced cod fritters with harissa honey dip

  • serves 6 (makes about 24)
  • Easy

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



  • cod or other firm white fish 500g
  • left-over mash 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.

  • Step 2

    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 3

    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 4

    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.

  • Step 5

    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.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 431
  • Fat 19.3g
  • Saturates 3.9g
  • Carbs 40.3g
  • Sugars 11.8g
  • Fibre 3.3g
  • Protein 22.4g
  • Salt 0.8g