For fish cakes:
A note about the fish: I used rock cod, but most white fish work well—I especially like the texture and flavor of wild caught. Most kamaboko and gefilte fish are made with a blend of fish—you could even throw in salmon. I highly recommend asking the fishmonger (it will save you loads of time) at the counter to debone, skin and put it through the grinder. You lose about a 1/4 pound to the grinder, so you’ll need to purchase a little over a pound to start. If the fishmonger at your local market is not able to do this, carefully debone and skin the fish yourself. Using a food processor, blend until smooth. The other reason I prefer to have the fishmonger do this step for me is that it can be tough on your food processor if you don’t have a heavy-duty one.
1. Place the ground fish in a large mixing bowl. Add a little bit of salt at a time and mix until well-incorporated. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
2. Pour a bit of olive oil into a small bowl. Pour a bit more onto a lined baking sheet and spread it evenly.
3. Coat your hands with a bit of oil from the bowl and place about 2 teaspoons of the mixture in your hands. Press lightly and shape them into flat little footballs (see image). You’ll need to coat your hands with oil every 2-3 patties. Once you’ve used up all of the mixture, let them sit on the baking sheet for 30 minutes.
4. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-low heat and melt a bit of oil in the pan. (You can use a regular stainless pan, but make sure the bottom is well coated with a high-heat oil such as ghee, vegetable oil or coconut oil. You may need to clean or wipe down the pan between batches so the bottom doesn’t burn.) Once the pan is hot, carefully place fishcakes one by one onto the sizzling pan. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, uncovered, until browned and the center is firm. You can also check for doneness with a toothpick–if it comes out clean, it’s cooked.
5. Let the fish cakes cool slightly on a paper towel (about 10 minutes). Place them on a bed of shredded romaine lettuce, drizzle with wasabi mayonnaise and garnish with chives and dill. Enjoy!