Pickled Fish Air Fryer Falafel

Leftover pickled fish? Transform it into little snacks with this recipe!

Recipe by: Thando Manyoni
Serves: 6-8
Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 2 fillets pickled fish with sauce, separated
  • 1 small red onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup fresh coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • Cooking spray

How To Make Pickled Fish Falafel

  1. Place the chickpeas, fish fillets, onion and garlic in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Add the fresh herbs, spices, flour, baking powder and seasoning. Blend again until smooth and combined
  3. Spoon a tablespoon size portion of the mixture into your hands and roll to form a ball. Repeat until all the mixture is used.
  4. Place the balls in the fridge for 30 minutes to firm up
  5. Lightly coat each falafel with cooking spray and arrange in the air fryer.
  6. Cook at 180C for 12-13 minutes, flipping them halfway through cooking for even browning.
  7. Serve with the pickled fish sauce and garnish with fresh herbs.

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