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Cornish Cod Burgers

Cornish Cod Burgers
Image | Great British Chefs via The Cornish Fishmonger

Recipe by

The Cornish Fishmonger

The Cornish Fishmonger is a family run specialist online fishseller, involved in the fishing industry since its creation by Robert Clifford-Wing some thirty years ago.


Nathan Outlaw via Great British Chefs and The Cornish Fishmonger



Serves: 10 people. Cooking time: 15 minutes
1.5kg cod fillet, skinless and boneless, diced
1 pinch salt
4 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
8 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
5 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped
5 tbsp basil, chopped
3 eggs
250g breadcrumbs
10 burger buns
200g rocket, washed
3 beef tomatoes, sliced
120ml olive oil
1 pinch black pepper



1. Place a frying pan over a medium heat and add 2 tbsp of oil. Once hot, add the shallots and garlic and sweat for 2 minutes
2. Remove the mixture from the pan and allow to cool
3. Blend the cod in a food processor for 1 minute - you may have to do this in two batches
4. Scrape the fish into a mixing bowl and add the shallot mixture, parsley, basil, eggs and breadcrumbs. Mix well and add seasoning
5. At this stage it is good to fry off a little piece of the patty mix to use as a tester, then you can adjust the seasoning as you wish
6. Divide the mixture into 100g balls and then mould into patties
7. Lay the patties out on a tray and refrigerate until required. When you are ready to cook, preheat the oven to 200°c / gas mark 6
8. Place a frying pan over a medium heat and add 2 tbsp of olive oil. Once hot, fry the patties for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden all over
9. Transfer the patties to a baking tray and cook through in the oven for 3 minutes
10. Whilst they are cooking, slice your rolls and add a drizzle of olive oil followed by a slice or 2 of tomato and some rocket
11. Remove the patties from the oven and arrange on top of the rocket.


Demersal Trawl

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Demersal trawls are large nets that are pulled through the water with the bottom edge of the net touching the seabed. At each edge the net is pulled open by metal ‘trawl doors’. Sometimes referred to as Otter trawling.


Cornwall, areas VIIe-h

A low impact, selective method of fishing using hook and line.

Gill Netting

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Beam Trawling

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