Is it “salmon patties” or “salmon cakes” – anyone know the difference?
Kent and I have never liked salmon. In the past year or so we've had it at a two different friends' houses and loved it, but couldn't pull it off ourselves. It always had such a strong fishy taste. So we weren't real hopeful about this recipe, but knowing that salmon is so nutrient-dense (high in omega-3's and antioxidants!), we wanted to give it a shot and find a way we could get the kids eating it, too.
Can't get the kids (or yourself) to take your cod liver oil like you should?
Kent is Mr. ex-Marine with so much self-discipline that he annoys me at times, and he takes his cod liver oil oil every. single. morning. He says if he doesn't, his skin dries out very noticeably. The kids and I aren't always as consistent as we should be, so if we can get more fish into our diets, even better. Plus salmon is pretty economical, too.
Turns out that natural wins again. Real fish is better, BUT cod liver oil is a close second! However, it's good to know that Weston A. Price was right again about the power of healthy pastured fats in your meal, because Chris also says this, “On the other hand, taking fish oil capsules with a high-fat meal can greatly improve their absorption, to the point where they may be on par with whole fish. (I say “may be” because the scientific literature is mixed on this.) This is likely due to the effect described above, where the presence of other fats activates the body’s fat absorption mechanisms.”
Wonder which kind of salmon to buy?
This brand is less money, but this brand I trust more. Even better is this one that I believe comes in BPA-free cans (but couldn't verify that before posting – search “salmon” there and scroll down to find the canned). All three have the only ingredient listed as wild-caught salmon, NO preservatives like the kinds at the store!
Warning: It's not like tuna when you open the can…with just tuna in there
Kent picked through it to get the bones and skin and icky stuff out. (Yes, I'd have been a big girl and done it if he wasn't here, but he was here and he's just that awesome. He cleans up, too!) Once that's done, it's time to mix it up…
Update: See the comments from Dani below, where I'm given a challenge to eat ALL of it, yikes!
Fried Salmon Patties
- 3 cans wild caught salmon I get this kind or this kind or this kind – read more about those above – either the 6 oz. or the 7.5 oz. is fine, but even better would be a pound or so of fresh salmon leftover from your dinner the night before...
- About 2 cups bread crumbs and/or your favorite cracker crumbs -- I used a mixture of both
- 2 eggs beaten
- Spoonful of mayo here's my homemade mayo recipe, about 1/4 cup -- add more to your taste
Herbs and seasonings to your taste – we used the following:
- 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 3/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon cilantro I used dried cilantro but would've preferred fresh if I'd had it
- 1 1/2-2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1-2 teaspoons onion powder
- Pastured butter or ghee for frying
- Optional – I've seen recipes calling for a minced fresh or dried onion, chopped bell peppers, celery, diced jalapenos, parsley – you could try lots of things!
- We like serving it with fresh lemons on the side.
- I used our favorite pan because I can cook so many at once!
We were so happy when everyone ate this up. It was a bit more bland than the super flavorful meals we normally like to make around here, but Kent and I agreed that A. Adding extra herbs and seasonings could fix that; and B. Anyone who likes a classic tuna fish casserole (with cracker crumbs on top) would also like this recipe, it tasted almost exactly the same. Especially since we had it with buttered pasta. And there was no over-powering salmon-fishy taste!
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- Check out my other seafood recipes!
- Crab Rangoons are one of my favorites – you can make it with or without the crab.
- Have you seen Chris Kresser's new book yet? I posted on it recently: Paleo Proponent Chris Kresser: “Dairy and Certain Grains OK for Some – Paleo is a Starting Point, Not a Destination
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