Salmon Croquettes Recipe

Canned salmon was one of the cheaper fish that we could get while growing up in interior North Carolina, unless you caught your own fish. My grandmother often bought canned pink salmon or canned mackeral. With the mackeral she often stirred them into some fried onion, simmer the mixture, and we ate it over rice. With the salmon, she formed patties, fried them and we called them salmon croquettes. Here is the recipe I use for that:


1 12 oz can pink salmon
2 Whole eggs
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons yellow corn meal
1/2 teaspoon salt (depending upon the brand and how much salt is in it you can leave this out if you want.
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
You basically pour all of the ingredients into a large bowl and mix them. A large spoon or a potato masher worked fine. I add the flour last because I sometimes adust the amount to control the consistency. Mold the dough-like mix that you end up with into patties (like thick homemade hamburgers).

Coat a frying pan with a little cooking oil. Crisco works just fine. Preheat the oiled pan over medium heat. Slip the patties into the pan, fitting as many as you can but leaving room to turn them. Cook until medium brown on one side, then turn over and do the same to the other side.

I enjoyed eating these hot fresh out of the pan along with rice, maybe some corn or butterbeans, and sweetened iced tea.

After leaving home, the Air Force sent me to Alaska where I learned to catch my own salmon. There I discovered that there are many species of salmon (red, pink, king, silver, chum, etc). Each has a different taste based mainly upon how firm the meat is and how much fat is in the meat. I learned to prepare salmon a lot of other ways but croquettes is still one of my favorite. My very favorite way to prepare it now is smoked. I haven't smoked any salmon in a while now so I need to look through my computer files and find my brine recipe. I'll post my smoked salmon recipe when I find it as you can do this with salmon purchased from your local supermarket. Done right - it will disappear very quickly and you will be invited to about every party around (always with a request that you bring some smoked salmon).

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