My mom always has canned salmon in the pantry. In fact, I’m pretty sure she’s still living off of her Y2K stash. While salmon patties made with the fresh fish are far superior to the canned, for the price and convenience, canned salmon really can’t be slammed. Seems like most brands, and I’ve done no research to back this up, use wild caught Salmon, which has a reputation for better nutritional value. Check out this link for LOTS of info on wild caught versus farm raised salmon.
The bones in canned salmon, which is thoroughly cooked by the way, are a point of argument for some. Some folks leave the bones in, because, like in canned sardines, they’re soft and edible. Some people detest the bones and won’t bother with canned salmon at all because of the bones. They’re easy enough to get out. Usually if you drain the liquid off and pour the salmon into a bowl you can use a fork to find a “fold” where the spine is and all the ribs will run right down through the meat. Simply remove this section and you’re 90% bone free. Easy. And since the salmon’s already in a bowl, you can continue to break it up with a fork, toss in the remaining ingredients, and dinner’s almost done!
So here’s a quick and easy salmon patty recipe, perfect for those nights when you have to get dinner on the table NOW and have just maxed out on the chicken-breast-tilapia-fillet routine.
Quick Salmon Patties
1 can wild salmon, drained and bones removed
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp dried Italian Herb Blend
1 Tbsp garlic powder
2 scallions, green and white, sliced
¼ cup bread crumbs or panko
With a fork, flake the salmon until it is uniformly broken up. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring well to incorporate. Form into 6-8 small patties.
Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the salmon patties about 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown, on each side.
Serve immediately with a side salad or veggies, some wild rice and a creamy sriracha sauce.
2 Tbsp mayonnaise
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp sriracha or other chili-garlic sauce
1 tsp honey
Combine all ingredients by stirring well and serve.