Food, Kitchen Experiment

Homemade Healthy Fish Balls

Fish balls are one of the most loved street food in the Philippines. Made from fish meat and other additional ingredients, fish balls or fishballs render a nice treat to the taste buds and a fix to a hungry tummy for a cheap price. Locally in Hinoba-an, we have vendors of commercially made fish balls and its other versions, of which the most common brand is that of JnC. There are also vendors who opt to make their own homemade fishballs, sold for P1 each.

Our kids had been requesting to eat these, and I was happy to do the cooking with a different, healthy version. I searched for the recipe and found Business Diary’s How to Make Fish Balls post. The recipe requires eggs, but I omitted it because Kristoff is not allowed to eat eggs due to his eczema.

My healthy version of fish balls is made of the following:

1 small canned tuna/boiled fish, meat only

1 medium-size potato, grated

1 small carrot, grated

1 cup flour

salt to taste

1 bulb onion, minced

It’s so easy to make: just mix all the ingredients until a small patty can be formed out of the consistency. Deep fry, and serve with a homemade or store-bought sweet or spicy sauce.

This is a good hack for parents whose kids are not fond of eating vegetables such as potatoes and carrots.

What’s funny about this is that the kids said the fish balls were not good, but their actions say otherwise! 😀



  1. Aiza

    November 21, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Oooh, this is nice alternative sis. Parang meatballs na fish. Hehe, will try it soon! Nagutom tuloy ako. hehe

    1. TheModernFarmMama

      November 27, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      Yup, natuwa talaga ako because the kids didn’t know that they already ate potatoes and carrots in there.

  2. Mayen

    November 22, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    This is nice. I love fishballs. It’s my all time favorite street food. It’s great that you share this healthy version. I will try this soon!

  3. Chin chin

    November 23, 2017 at 10:02 am

    I like this healthier version of fish balls. I hope my kids will like them, too. But my kids like the sawsawan from the fish ball vendor and not the bottled sweet and spicy sauce. Do you have a recipe for that, too?

    1. TheModernFarmMama

      November 27, 2017 at 9:34 pm

      I don’t have the recipe yet for the perfect fish ball sauce but would love to experiment to make one. 🙂

  4. Mommy Maye

    November 25, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Tried almost the same recipe minus the floor at mas marami ang potatoes. It turned our yummy and my son loves it. I will try this too, maybe later 🙂 Thanks.

    1. TheModernFarmMama

      November 27, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      Sis, do they stick together lang even without flour?

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