Cambodian Pahut

Cambodian Pahut

These delightful Cambodian fish patties are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Finely ground fish and an assortment of aromatic spices result in a flavor-packed treat. The combination of lemongrass, galangal, and lime flavors lends a distinctive Cambodian touch to the dish. If desired, add some heat with fresh chilies or replace the fish with poultry or meat.
hands-on time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Californian
Servings 3


Fish Patties

  • 1.25 lb white fish fillet [1]
  • 2 green onions (optional)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (optional)
  • 1-3 tsp (brown) sugar (optional)

Green Beans

  • 1 lb green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce [2]
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Pahut Culinary Spice Kit

  • Galangal, lemongrass, turmeric, lemon balm, makrut leaves, lemon crystals, lime peel, chives

Suggested Sides

  • cooked rice
  • baked potatoes
  • fresh bread


Fish Patties

  • Roughly cut fish into 1-inch size pieces, and chop onions.
  • In a FOOD PROCESSOR, add fish pieces, onions, garlic, sugar, all Pahut spices, and salt to taste. Blend until it has a smooth texture.
  • Form the mixture into patties, about 2-inches in diameter.
  • In a PAN, heat oil over medium heat.
  • Fry fish patties until brown, about 4┬áminutes each side.
  • Transfer patties to a PLATE with PAPER TOWELS to drain excess oil.

Green Beans [3]

  • In a large POT with boiling water, cook beans for 3 minutes.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • In a PAN, heat oil over medium heat.
  • Add garlic for 1 minute.
  • Fry beans for about 3 minutes until they are crisp and tender.
  • Add soy sauce [2] and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Optionally, garnish with sesame seeds.
  • Enjoy!


[1] For instance: cod, tilapia, halibut, haddock, flounder.
Substitute with ground poultry or meat; skip the food processor; instead mix in a bowl with hands.
[2] Substitutes: see our blog about tamari.
[3] Alternative without oil:
Skip the frying. Cook beans until tender. Season with soy sauce & garlic powder.