It’s been a long time coming that I wanted to try making Bitterballen (a savoury Dutch snack), but it is traditionally made with lamb. So I tried making something similar with snoek as a substitute filling. Because of its texture, the ‘snoek-snacks’ tasted like traditional fish cakes, however since it’s smaller and more circular in shape, I opted for ‘snoek-snacks’ instead of fish cakes. Still… I was happy with the end result and will most definitely include this as a finger-food snack for any future party-menu.

For the snoek filling:

1 x snoek (cooked and deboned)

1 x sweet potato (500g) cooked

1 x brown onion (chopped)

2 x teaspoon hot curry powder

1 x lemon (juiced)

1 x table spoon olive oil

For the batter:


2 x eggs (beaten)



In a medium pan, slowly cook the onion, whilst mixing in the curry powder. Add the snoek and mix thoroughly with the onion and curry. Add the lemon juice. Remove from heat.

Mix together the sweet potato and snoek. Once cooled, roll into balls, roughly 3 – 4 cm in diameter. Dip the ball in the flour, then egg mixture and finally in breadcrumbs. Repeat the ‘batter step’ 3 times.

Deep fry the ‘balls’ and serve with lemon and tartare sauce.