How to Make Fish Paste (Easy Recipe)

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This recipe is great for those who find the thought of attempting your own fish paste (used for fish balls, stuffed tofu & vegetables, fish cakes etc. etc.) daunting because of the cost and time involved. I’m using cheap Basa fillets which I found in the freezer section of my local Aldi supermarket, combined with lean chicken mince. Thanks to Uncle Jim of Jim’s Malaysian Kitchen for this relatively-unknown alternative to making fish paste.

Fish Paste Recipe


  • 500g basa fillets, defrosted, drained
  • 100g finely minced chicken
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp salt or 1 tsp chicken powder
  • 1 Tbsp tapioca flour or a bit more cornflour


  1. Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. I used an Optimum Thermocook at Speed 8 for about 12 seconds. Be careful not to process for too long as the heat from the blades may semi-cook the paste.
  2. Fish paste is now ready for use in your recipes. Pictured here is stuffed tofu and vegetables – which I fried after stuffing with the fish paste, then drizzled some hoisin sauce and toasted sesame seeds over them.

Fish paste

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