Southern Salmon Patties....5:52 PM
Here in Mississippi, we call these 'salmon patties' or salmon croquettes. Usually we eat these for breakfast with rice, in place of sausage. My kids call these 'Crabby Patties' because they look like the burgers on Spongebob. I absolutely love them!
Alot of people will fry them without the cornmeal coating, but trust me, the added crunch from the cornmeal really makes them spectacular! They are similar to crab cakes, super easy to make and inexpensive. I use canned salmon....because, well, that is what I have always used. It looks super funky coming out of the can, but it truly is a great meal.
Canned Salmon (one can makes 3 medium sized patties)
1 tsp Salt
1 egg (1 egg per can)
1 cup of vegetable oil
Drain juice off of salmon and empty the meat into a bowl. Although the bones are edible and soft, I pick out the bones and also use a spoon to remove the skin/fatty layer from the outside of the fish. These things are completely edible, but I just choose to remove it. Once that is removed, use a fork to flake the fish meat. You can make larger chunks or make them smaller.
Once flaked, season with 1 tablespoon of ground peppercorn, 1/2 tsp salt.
Season your cornmeal the same way. I have a rule of generously coating the top of my flour/cornmeal when I am frying because some of the seasoning gets carried away when frying.
Mix the salmon well and the cornmeal well. Add the egg to salmon and mix with your hands until egg has been mixed in well. Form into patties. I use a process of 'coat and pat' when coating my patties with the cornmeal. I place a nice heaping of cornmeal in one hand then place the patty on top, then pat and turn, then pat and turn over, pressing to make sure the cornmeal forms a nice layer outside of the patty.
Heat your vegetable oil on medium and then add in the patties when hot. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Make sure to flip them over! Remove from grease and place on a plate with paper towel to absorb the grease.
Today, I served my salmon patties with rice and a nice broccoli and grapefruit salad. I was in heaven!