Albóndigas de basa con recado de achiote

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Albóndigas de basa con recado de achiote
Albóndigas de basa con recado de achiote served with special fried rice
Servings:Serves 2
Ready in:1 hour 35 minutes
Prep. time:1 hour 15 minutes
Cook time:20 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Ready to refrigerate - And I forgot to add the spring onions

Though I have used recado de achiote for this recipe, any spice mix, curry powder or curry paste would work equally as well. You know what it's like when you have something new in the kitchen. You need to try it out!

Similarly, you could use any strongly flavoured fish as well. Smoked fish would be good too. Haddock is probably what I would use in place of the basa



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Mise en place

  • Using a small pan, poach the fish in a the milk (simmer, covered) for about 6 minutes, turning once or until the fish flakes easily.
  • Drain the fish and discard the milk or feed it to your cats.


  1. Add the flaked fish, lime juice and zest, recado de achiote, nam-pla and cornflour and seasoning to a blender with a blade. Add the king prawns and squash mash at this stage if using. Process until finely minced. Scoop out and place into a bowl.
  2. Finely chop the spring onions and fold into the fish mixture
  3. Using floured hands, shape into about 16 balls and roll in the breadcrumb/ sesame mix, cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  4. Heat the oil in a wok and fry the fish balls in small batches for about 4 to 5 minutes, turning reguarly. Keep warm whilst the remaining are being cooked.

Serving suggestions

Serve with a salad or fried rice.


These could also be deep fried until browned.