It's 5 PM on a cold winter day. I've just returned home from work and my family is hungry for dinner. Having given no prior thought to a menu, I open the cupboard and peer at cans and boxes on the shelf. There's a tall red can of Salmon. That's it! I'll make salmon patties for dinner.
I learned to make these from my Grandmotherr who called them salmon latkes. Like me, she always kept cans of salmon in her cupboards.
They are the perfect quick delicious meal on a cold winter night and they cost next to nothing to prepare. To please the grown up palate, you can mix some sricaha (the homemade kind) with some sour cream, crème fraiche, or mayonnaise for a spicy topping.
large can of red salmon, drained
onion or scallions, finely chopped
chopped fresh paresley or dill or both
freshly ground black pepper
cornflake crumbs, bread crumbs, or matzo meal
Mix salmon, eggs, crumbs, herbs, seaonsings, and onions in a bowl or food processor and mix (or pulse) to just combine.
Heat about 1/4 inch oil or ghee in a large frying pan untl hot and sizzling.
Form patties with your hands or drop in spoofuls of the salmon mixture using a large mixing spoon. Cook until golden brwon and crispy on one side, then turn over and cook the other side. Drain on paper towels.
Mix he sriacha with the mayonnaise, sour cream or crème fraiche.
Serve patties with a dab of sauce and a slice of lemon.
I love food! I love to cook, eat, read about food, write about food, and enjoy meals with friends and family. I have been writing a food memoir for the past decade and am just about done! I epsecially love to create recipes using seasonal and local produce. I love to travel and wherever I go I shop at markets, cook, and try to take a cooking class.