Rachel Green’s Fish Koftas with Coconut Relish

Lincolnshire chef Rachel Green will be showcasing her delicious fish recipes at this year’s Festival of Food and Drink. Here’s a recipe to try at home…

Award-winning chef Rachel Green believes in getting stuck into cooking. Proper, grass-roots cooking. She slates mass-produced food and avoids anything that involves masses of food miles.

Rachel believes that great food is all about the quality of the ingredients and has most recently turned her attention to fish and seafood. While some people are reluctant to cook with fish, Rachel has created simple recipes that showcase the flavours and remove the stress.

These Fish Koftas with a tasty coconut relish are a great way to get started.

Serves 4

Preparation time:          30 minutes


For the fish kofta:

4 fillets firm white fish (cod, haddock, coley, pollack), skinned and boned

grated zest of a lemon

2 cm piece ginger, peeled and finely grated

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 green chilli, finely chopped

½ tsp turmeric

1 tsp ground cumin

½ tsp cumin seeds

2 cardamom pods, seeds removed and crushed

30g breadcrumbs

a handful of dill, chopped

a handful of coriander leaves, chopped

sea salt flakes & freshly ground black pepper

rapeseed oil, for frying


For the relish:

50g desiccated coconut

½ small red onion, finely diced

1 green chilli, finely chopped

juice of 1 lime

a small handful of coriander leaves, chopped

a small handful of mint leaves, chopped

sea salt flakes & freshly ground black pepper

a pinch of caster sugar


Roughly chop the fish into small pieces and put into a food processor with all the other kofta ingredients.  Season well and pulse until combined.  Mould into 20 small koftas and pop in the fridge to chill for half an hour.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine all the relish ingredients and leave to one side.

Add  a little oil to a frying pan and fry the koftas until cooked through – this will take about 3-4 minutes on each side.

Serve immediately on the warmed flatbreads with the coconut relish.

Don’t miss Rachel in the Cookery Theatre on Sunday 15th September. Book your tickets today to this year’s Festival of Food and Drink – click here