Fish cakes come and fish cakes go, but a fish cake with the special crunch and salty assist of pretzels? That's one for the recipe book. We serve these flaky-on-the-inside, crunchy-on-the-outside cakes with a horseradish mayonnaise that has just the right amount of root spice, and broccoli with mustard (because what goes with pretzels if not mustard?) We've loved many a fish cake in our day, but not like these ones.
Pat tilapia fillets dry, and season both sides with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and spray generously with cooking spray. Add tilapia to hot pan and cook until tilapia reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees, 2-3 minutes per side.
Transfer tilapia to another mixing bowl and let cool, 3-5 minutes. Once cooled, use two forks to shred tilapia.
Wipe pan clean and reserve.
Prepare Ingredients and Roast Broccoli
Peel and slice shallot into ¼" rounds.
Trim and cut white portions of green onion into 1" lengths. Thinly slice green portions.
Cut broccoli into bite-sized pieces, if necessary.
Toss broccoli, shallot, and white portions of green onions on prepared baking sheet with half the mustard (reserve remaining for sauce), 1 tsp. olive oil, ¼ tsp. salt, and a pinch of pepper. Roast until tender, 14-16 minutes.
While broccoli roasts, combine horseradish, half the mayonnaise (reserve remaining for fish cakes), remaining mustard, 2 tsp. water, half the green portions of green onions (reserve remaining for fish cakes), and a pinch of salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Refrigerate until plating.
Form the Cakes
To bowl with fish, add remaining mayonnaise, panko, remaining green portions of green onions, ¼ cup water, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Thoroughly mix.
Let fish mixture rest 5 minutes, then form into ½"-thick cakes.
Place pretzel breading on a plate. Coat fish cakes with pretzel breading,
Cook the Cakes
Return pan used to cook tilapia to medium-high heat and add 2 tsp. olive oil.
Working in batches if necessary, gently add fish cakes to hot pan. Cook until browned, 3-5 minutes per side. Don't crowd the pan.
Remove from burner.
Finish the Dish
Plate dish as pictured on front of card, garnishing fish cakes with sauce or serving on the side. Bon appétit!