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Google "pāua pattie" or "pāua fritter" recipes and you'll be met with many various versions of this classic "kiwi as" kai. I'm going to go out on a limb here and share with you what I think is the best pāua pattie recipe you will ever taste, aka my mum's pāua pattie recipe!
Here, I've taken her recipe and slightly tweaked it to add a bit more zest, and also added in a "secret" ingredient to really help enhance those delicious seafood flavours (Maggi seafood soup has entered the chat).
Now you can make these patties and devour them on their own with a squeeze of lemon juice, or like I've done here, turn the mix into delicious pāua patties and serve with beetroot (don't skip the beetroot it needs to be here) and a lemony watercress mayo for an unforgettable Kiwi burger experience! Enjoy.
Recipe by Kaelah's Wild Kai Kitchen.
500g minced paua
1/2 cup flour
1 Tbsp Maggi seafood soup mix (the "secret" ingredient)
1/2 red onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
1/2 cup Coriander, chopped
1/2 cup Mint, chopped
Zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup mayo (whichever you like)
1 cup watercress, leaves picked and washed
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt & Pepper
4 Burger buns
Into a bowl combine minced paua, flour, seafood soup, egg, onion, garlic, herbs and lemon zest. Mix well.
Over medium heat, add a good glug of olive oil to a heavy based pan and heat until your oil is shimmering.
With wet hands, divide your paua pattie mix into 4 equal portions and shape into even sized patties.
Place into the pan and cook for 5-6 mins each side, lower the heat if the patties are cooking too fast.
Remove patties and place onto a paper towel. Into the same pan, place your burger buns to toast up.
For the watercress mayo, place mayonnaise, watercress leaves, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper into a blender or food processor and whizz until smooth.
Place the mayo into the fridge until you're ready to assemble the burgers.
To assemble, place lettuce on the base, your paua pattie, beetroot slices and lastly your burger lid smothered with delicious lemony watercress mayo.
Follow Kaelah's Wild Kai Kitchen on Instagram for more wild food recipes.
Kaelah James, aka Kaelah's Wild Kai Kitchen, is a New Zealand speafisher, huntress and incredible wild food cook. She's built up a following on Instagram by sharing her delicious recipes and she's now come on board as a Bushbuck ambassador and contributor to The Campfire blog. She will be sharing wild food and catch-and-cook recipes, as well as the stories behind hunting and gathering the kai.