Welcome to my recipe for delicious Salmon Croquettes, perfect for Passover or any occasion! I’m excited to share with you my take on this classic dish that’s sure to impress your family and friends. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or just starting out, this recipe is quick and easy to follow, making it perfect for anyone who loves good food.
Growing up, my grandmother would make salmon patties that were always a hit at family gatherings. This recipe is a tribute to her and to all the Holocaust survivors who passed down their culinary traditions to their families. It’s a dish that not only tastes amazing but also has a deep cultural significance.
In this recipe, I use canned pink salmon, which is affordable and easy to find in most grocery stores. I also use matzo meal instead of bread crumbs to keep it kosher for Passover. The result is a crispy exterior that gives way to a tender and flavorful center.
So, whether you’re looking for a soulful Southern dish or a quick and easy Passover recipe, these Salmon Croquettes are sure to hit the spot. So, let’s get cooking!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Are you looking for a delicious and easy-to-make dish to serve during Passover? Look no further than these scrumptious salmon croquettes! Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is sure to please everyone at the table.
One of the reasons why you will love this recipe is because it is quick and easy. With just a few simple ingredients, you can have a delicious meal on the table in no time. Plus, the recipe is versatile, so you can easily make substitutions or variations to suit your taste preferences.
Another reason to love these salmon croquettes is their versatility. They can be served as an appetizer, a main dish, or even as a snack. They’re perfect for a Passover Seder, a family dinner, or even a party. You can pair them with mashed potatoes, a salad, or even some tropical fruit for a delicious and well-balanced meal.
But perhaps the best reason to love this recipe is the taste. These salmon croquettes are made with high-quality pink salmon, which adds a rich and savory flavor to the dish. They’re also seasoned with salt and pepper, onions, and fresh parsley, which creates a delicious and flavorful combination that is sure to please your taste buds.
Overall, these salmon croquettes are a quick, easy, and delicious dish that you can enjoy any time of the year. Whether you’re hosting a Passover Seder or just looking for a tasty meal to make at home, this recipe is sure to become a new family favorite.
Before we get started, let’s make sure we have everything we need to make these delicious Salmon Croquettes. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 (6-ounce) cans of pink salmon, drained
- 1/2 cup of finely chopped onion
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1/2 cup of matzo meal
- 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley, finely chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
Note: If you’re making this recipe for Passover, be sure to use matzo meal instead of bread crumbs.
- 1/3 cup of mashed potatoes
- 3/4 cup of tropical fruit (for Salmon Cakes Tropical variation)
These ingredients should make around 8-10 patties, depending on the size you prefer. Let’s get cooking!
The Recipe How-To
Preparing the Salmon
First and foremost, let’s prepare the star ingredient of our dish, the pink salmon. You can use fresh or canned salmon, whichever you prefer or have on hand. If using canned salmon, make sure to drain it well and remove any bones or skin.
In a large bowl, flake the salmon with a fork. Add finely chopped onion, 2 large beaten eggs, 1/2 cup of matzo meal, salt and pepper to taste, and fresh parsley. Mix everything together until well combined.
Forming the Patties
Using your hands, roll the salmon mixture into small balls, then flatten them to form patties. Make sure they are not too thick, so they cook evenly.
In a shallow dish, combine matzo meal and bread crumbs in equal parts. Roll each patty in the mixture, making sure they are well coated. This will help the patties to stick together and form a nice crust when cooked.
Cooking the Salmon Patties
You can cook the salmon patties in a few different ways. My favorite way is to pan-fry them in a non-stick skillet with a bit of oil until golden brown on both sides. Alternatively, you can also bake them in the oven at 350°F for about 20 minutes or until cooked through.
If you have an air fryer, you can also air-fry the patties at 375°F for 10-12 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.
Making the Dill Sauce
While the salmon patties are cooking, you can make the dill sauce. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, fresh chopped dill, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. Mix everything together until well combined.
Serving the Salmon Croquettes
Once cooked, transfer the salmon patties to a serving platter and garnish with fresh parsley. Serve with the dill sauce on the side, and a slice of lemon for extra freshness. These salmon croquettes are perfect for a Passover dinner, but they are also great any time of the year. Enjoy!
Substitutions and Variations
One of the best things about cooking is that there is always room for creativity and experimentation. This recipe for delicious salmon croquettes can be adapted to suit your preferences and needs. Here are some substitutions and variations that you can try out:
– Matzo Meal and Bread Crumbs: If you don’t have matzo meal, you can use bread crumbs instead. They will give the croquettes a slightly different texture and flavor, but they will still be delicious.
– Pink Salmon: Pink salmon is the recommended type of salmon to use in this recipe, but you can also use other types of salmon such as fresh, smoked or baked salmon.
– Eggs: If you don’t like the taste of eggs, you can try substituting them with mashed potatoes or mayonnaise. This will change the flavor and texture of the croquettes, but it will still be a tasty alternative.
– Onions: If you are not a fan of onions, you can substitute them with shallots or scallions. This will give the croquettes a milder onion flavor.
– Seasonings: You can add other seasonings to the croquettes such as garlic, paprika or cumin. This will give them a different flavor profile and make them more interesting.
– Fruit: For a tropical twist, add some diced pineapple or mango to the salmon mixture. This will make the croquettes more fruity and refreshing.
– Dill Sauce: You can make a dill sauce to serve with the croquettes. Mix together some sour cream, dill, and lemon juice for a tangy and creamy sauce.
– Air Fryer: You can also cook the croquettes in an air fryer for a healthier option. Simply spray the croquettes with cooking spray and place them in the air fryer basket. Cook at 375°F for 10-12 minutes or until they are crispy and golden brown.
Whether you’re a holocaust survivor or a lover of soul food, these substitutions and variations will give you plenty of options to make the perfect salmon croquettes for you and your family.
Serving and Pairing
These delicious salmon croquettes are versatile and can be served in a variety of ways. They make a great main dish, appetizer or even a snack. Serve them hot or cold, depending on your preference. One of my favorite ways to serve them is with a side of mashed potatoes and a simple salad.
For a Passover meal, these salmon croquettes are a perfect addition to your menu. Serve them with a side of roasted vegetables, like asparagus or carrots, for a complete and satisfying meal. You can also pair them with a light and refreshing fruit salad, such as a tropical fruit salad, for a burst of flavor.
If you’re looking for a more casual option, try serving these salmon croquettes on a bun for a delicious salmon burger. Add some lettuce, tomato, and your favorite condiments, like a dill sauce or aioli, for a tasty and easy meal.
For a Southern twist, serve these salmon croquettes with a side of collard greens and cornbread. The combination of flavors is sure to please everyone at the table. These croquettes are also a great addition to a soul food spread.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing these salmon croquettes with a baked salmon or smoked salmon dish for a seafood feast. You can also serve them with a fish cake or other seafood appetizer for a variety of flavors and textures.
No matter how you choose to serve them, these salmon croquettes are sure to be a hit. They are quick, easy, and delicious, making them a great addition to any meal or occasion.
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
One of the best things about these delicious salmon croquettes is that they can be made ahead of time and stored for later. If you’re planning to entertain guests or just want to save time, you can make the salmon croquettes a day or two before your event and store them in the fridge until you’re ready to cook them.
To make ahead, simply follow the recipe instructions up to the point where you would normally cook the croquettes. Instead of cooking them, place the uncooked croquettes on a baking sheet and cover them with plastic wrap. Then, place the baking sheet in the fridge until you’re ready to cook them.
When it’s time to cook the croquettes, you can either fry them in oil or bake them in the oven. If you’re frying them, make sure the oil is hot before adding the croquettes. If you’re baking them, preheat the oven to 375°F and bake the croquettes for about 15-20 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.
If you have leftovers, you can store the cooked croquettes in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat them, simply place them in the oven at 350°F for about 5-10 minutes or until heated through. You can also reheat them in the air fryer for a crispier texture.
These salmon croquettes are also freezer-friendly. Simply place the uncooked croquettes on a baking sheet and freeze them until they’re solid. Then, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or bag and store them in the freezer for up to 2 months.
To cook frozen croquettes, you can either fry them in oil or bake them in the oven. If you’re frying them, make sure the oil is hot before adding the frozen croquettes. If you’re baking them, preheat the oven to 375°F and bake the frozen croquettes for about 20-25 minutes, or until they’re golden brown and cooked through.
Overall, these salmon croquettes are a versatile dish that can be made ahead of time, stored, and reheated easily. Whether you’re planning a Passover meal or simply want a quick and easy dinner, these croquettes are sure to satisfy.
Tips for Perfect Results
Now that you have the recipe for these delicious salmon croquettes, it’s important to know how to make them perfectly. Here are some tips that will help you achieve the best results:
1. Use high-quality salmon
The quality of the salmon you use will greatly affect the flavor and texture of your croquettes. Fresh salmon is always the best option, but if you’re using canned salmon, make sure to choose a good quality brand. Pink salmon is a great choice for this recipe, as it has a milder flavor and is less oily than other varieties.
2. Drain the salmon well
If you’re using canned salmon, make sure to drain it well before using it in the recipe. Excess liquid will make the croquettes too moist and they won’t hold together properly.
3. Bind the croquettes properly
To ensure that the croquettes hold together well, it’s important to bind them properly. Matzo meal or bread crumbs are great options for this recipe. You can also use mashed potatoes, which will give the croquettes a creamier texture.
4. Season well
Don’t be afraid to season your croquettes well with salt and pepper. The seasoning will enhance the flavor of the salmon and make the croquettes more flavorful.
5. Chill the mixture before shaping
Chilling the mixture for at least 30 minutes before shaping the croquettes will help them hold their shape better. It will also make the mixture easier to handle and less likely to fall apart.
6. Fry or bake at the right temperature
Whether you choose to fry or bake your croquettes, it’s important to cook them at the right temperature. Overcooking will make them dry and tough, while undercooking will leave them raw in the center. Follow the recipe instructions and check for doneness before serving.
By following these tips, you’ll be able to make perfect salmon croquettes that are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
Now that we have gone through the ingredient list, recipe how-to, substitutions and variations, serving and pairing, make-ahead, storing and reheating, and tips for perfect results, it’s time to address some frequently asked questions (FAQ) that might come to mind when making this delicious salmon croquettes (Passover) recipe.
How do you keep salmon croquettes from falling apart?
When making salmon patties, it’s important to ensure they stay together during the cooking process. To achieve this, incorporating breadcrumbs, panko, or crushed saltine crackers to the salmon and egg mixture will help bind the ingredients together. If the mixture appears too dry, adding a small amount of salmon juice can also help improve the consistency of the patties.
What is the difference between salmon patties and salmon croquettes?
Salmon croquettes and salmon patties are both delicious dishes made from salmon, but they differ in their preparation methods. The former involves pounding or grinding the salmon into a paste, while the latter requires cooking the salmon and then forming it into a patty shape. These savory dishes are typically seasoned with herbs and spices, and are often served as a main course or appetizer.
What makes salmon patties fall apart?
When crafting salmon patties, there’s a risk of them falling apart due to excess moisture and a lack of breadcrumbs to bind everything together. It’s also possible that the use of too many eggs or wet ingredients like lemon juice or sauce have contributed to the issue. If the mixture appears overly damp, adding additional breadcrumbs can help to counterbalance the wetness.
How do you get the fishy taste out of salmon patties?
Before cooking your fish, it’s recommended to soak it in milk for around 20 minutes. Doing so will help eliminate any fishy odors that may be present. The proteins in milk bond with the unwanted smells, resulting in a sweeter, fresher-tasting dish.
In conclusion, these delicious salmon croquettes are an easy and versatile dish that can be enjoyed all year round, but especially during Passover. Whether you’re a holocaust survivor looking for a traditional recipe, or just a lover of soul food, these croquettes are sure to satisfy your taste buds. With just a few simple ingredients and some basic cooking skills, you can create a dish that is quick, easy, and bursting with flavor.
So why not try out this salmon croquettes recipe for your next Passover meal? Serve them up with some mashed potatoes and a tropical fruit salad, or pair them with a zesty dill sauce for a tangy kick. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try experimenting with some of the substitutions and variations we’ve suggested to create your own unique twist on this classic dish.
Whether you’re a fan of fried salmon, baked salmon, smoked salmon, or fresh salmon, these croquettes are a great way to enjoy this delicious fish in a whole new way. So go ahead and give it a try – you won’t be disappointed!
Delicious Salmon Croquettes (Passover) Recipe
- 1 (14 3/4 ounce) can pink salmon
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 4 tablespoons matzo meal
- salt & pepper, to taste
- oil, for frying
- Separate salmon but save all juice.
- Remove bones and skin (if any) from salmon, and then shred the salmon into fine pieces.
- Place salmon into mixing bowl adding the juice from the salmon, beaten eggs, onion, salt, pepper, and matzo meal - mix well.
- Form mixture into patties and fry on medium heat on both sides until golden brown.
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Lucy is a mom who loves to cook up a storm. She enjoys discovering, collecting, and experimenting with delicious, healthy recipes for her blog. With her passion for cooking, Lucy is always coming up with her own unique creations to share with the world.