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Feb 18, 2007 09:28 AM

Canned salmon

What do I do with it? I bought it because I like salmon and I thought I could bring it for lunch--Any suggestions?

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  1. Bring it for lunch? Do you mean to work or to a party? If you mean work, it makes a decent sandwich. Add mayo, lemon juice, capers and minced red onion. I've also made salmon cakes. However the recipe (from Cooking Light) is only so-so. I'm sure there's a better one out there.

    1. I treat it like canned tuna, except that it has some flavor.

      1. A slightly boring but quick and reliable weekday standby: salmon patties

        - drain salmon, put in a mixing bowl and remove any bones/skin/excess fat (they're edible, but I'd usually rather just take them out)
        - mix in an egg, and some seasonings (for example, a teaspoon or two of mustard and some herbs and capers; or some horseradish and dill; or fish sauce and green onions; or a spicy indian pickle with some of the oil; very finely minced onion or shallot goes well with most of these, too).
        - add breadcrumbs, flour, or matzo meal and mix (i start with about an 1/8 to 1/4 of a cup of crumbs, mix and let sit 5 mins, and add more if it still seems kind of liquidy. It would take less flour, but I don't know how much one would need, offhand).
        - heat oil, form into small flat patties and fry. drain on paper towels, and serve with lemon wedges

        I suspect I'm not the only one that grew up with the simplest possible version of these (salt and pepper as the seasonings, served with a bottle of plastic squeeze lemon on the table). But, with some more interesting seasonings, they're not half bad. (I mean, this in a good way!)
        They could be made into burger size patties, too, I suppose.

        And, they work well in a lunchbox (can even put them in a sandwich with lettuce, mayo, etc.) but be warned that canned salmon does smell kind of strong. (both during frying and also in the lunchbox)

        2 Replies
        1. re: another_adam

          I like to make salmon patties with sweet potatoes added - a variation on the east coast cod cake I think, but yum!

          1. re: another_adam

            another_adam, this looked so good that I actually went to Costco (shout-out to howboy) and created a household surplus of canned salmon so I could try it. These are GOOD. As far as I can recall, I mixed in capers, pearl onions, garlic, rosemary, dill, paprika, mustard and chopped walnuts. The "bread crumbs" were part corn flour (don't know if that's different than corn meal exc. for being very finely ground). Thanks for the idea!

            I think I will try JennaL's sweet potato idea [above] next...

          2. We always had salmon patties [called them croquettes] as a kid. We ate them with "special sauce" which was a mix of mayo and ketchup. {Like thousand island or McD's special sauce}.

            My recipe is similar to adams above, except I mix in dried chives, dried dill, celery seeds. Also, I dip the pattie in bread crumbs just before I pan fry it to give outside extra crisp coating.

            My 21 year old son still loves these and will request them as first meal when he visits!

            1. Also, trying doing a stuffed tomato with salmon salad. Mix salmon with mayo, diced: green bell peppers, celery, onions and dried dill and put into a nice ripe tomato that you have scouped out the innards, leaving just the shell. Serve with sliced cukes, carrots, lettuce, lemon wedge or special sauce [see above]. This is especially nice in summer when the tomatoes are at their finest.