Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Salmon patties made from frozen salmon fillets --- What's for dinner Mom?

I have been tired of the same old baked salmon fillets and a member of my Facebook recipe group Common Cent$ Recipes suggested making salmon patties. Salmon patties with frozen salmon fillets? This was interesting!
Salmon Patties made from frozen salmon fillets!
Salmon patties have negative memories for both my hubby and I. Growing up either a grandmother or mom would make them with that God-awful canned salmon (apologies if you like that stuff) and salmon patties were something to be dreaded rather than enjoyed. Much like tuna casserole or liver and onions (again, apologies if you enjoy those).

I set out to make these salmon patties from frozen salmon fillets, which I buy at Aldi for $3.99 per pound. First, I baked the defrosted salmon at 350*F on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray for about 8 to 10 minutes. I let the fillets cool just enough to put them in a container and refrigerate them overnight.

The next day I made the salmon patty mixture with the cooled salmon, liquid egg whites, chopped onion, flavored bread crumbs, salt, pepper and garlic powder.

I sprayed a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and preheated the oven to 350*F. Then I shaped the salmon mixture into patties and pressed each side into a bowl of panko bread crumbs. The salmon patties came out looking more like a salmon burger than a patty. I got 8 nice size salmon patties (or salmon burgers) out of the mixture.

I placed each one on the cookie sheet and then sprayed the top of them with cooking spray also. Popped them in the oven and baked on one side about 15 minutes, until golden brown. Carefully flipped them and baked them on the other side 10 to 15 minutes. Again, until they were golden brown. When you flip them spray them again with cooking spray. This helps get that really nice golden brown color. And the panko will give these salmon patties (salmon burgers?) a nice crunchy crust.

Remove from the oven and cool just long enough, maybe a minute or two, to remove with a spatula to plates. Serve your salmon patties (salmon burgers?) on a roll with tartar sauce or just on a plate with a slide of sliced tomatoes or some cauliflower-avocado dip/spread.

Enjoy -- and thank you again Cindy for the idea!

What you will need to make salmon patties/salmon burgers with frozen salmon fillets:

1 pound of frozen salmon fillets -- they don't have to be expensive
3/4 cup egg whites or 2 whole large eggs
1/2 cup flavored bread crumbs
3 to 4 Tbsp. finely chopped onion
Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs

Cook and cool the salmon. Flake the cooked and cooled salmon into a bowl
Cooked and cooled salmon -- flaked in bowl

To the flaked salmon add the egg whites, flavored bread crumbs, chopped onion, salt pepper and garlic powder. Mix well to incorporate all the ingredients.
Salmon patty/burger mixture
In a small bowl mix together the panko bread crumbs and flavor with a little salt and pepper, just a dash of each.

Panko bread crumbs, salt, white pepper
Roll the salmon mixture into balls, use approximately enough salmon to look like a small tennis ball. Not quite as big as a tennis ball though. Then flatten each as you would a burger. Place the patty into the panko bread crumbs, both sides. They don't have to be completely coated, just enough on each side. 
uncooked salmon patty/burger dipped in panko
Place the salmon patties/burgers on the prepared cookie sheet. Spray the tops with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 350*F for about 15 minutes, until golden brown.
Fully cooked salmon patty/salmon burger
Carefully flip the salmon patties/burgers, spray them again with non-stick cooking spray. Bake another 10 to 15 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from oven and let cool a minute or two before serving. 
Fully cooked salmon patty/salmon burger
Yield: 8 salmon patties/burgers. Depending on appetites this could feed 4 adults, 2 adults and 2 kids or 8 kids. Either way, you get 8 salmon patties/salmon burgers from a one pound of frozen salmon fillets, some bread crumbs and some eggs. Not bad!

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