They say that good, fresh fish should be served simple, with little preparation. I guess they haven’t tried these yet. It’s like the perfectly seasoned seared salmon fillet in one light, fluffy, flaky cake. The picture doesn’t do it much justice, I’ll admit, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
Even though these pan-fried little cakes probably could have done a decent job at masking canned or frozen salmon, we used good, fresh fish for the Clown Gospel Brunch. It was that much better. With the basic ingredients there’s always some give or take, and since I’ve never measured, they’re only estimates. The part I most enjoyed about the end result was having a range of chunkiness in the fish, from soft walnut-sized, flaky chunks to a smooth, pureed, fried fish mousse. Yum.
(makes about 8-10 cakes)
1 1/2 lb fresh salmon, partially food-processed or mashed so that there are still chunks
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1 bunch scallions, chopped
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp soy sauce
½ tsp black pepper
Juice of one lemon
1 Tb fresh parsley or dill (optional)
Olive oil to coat the bottom of a pan
Optional serving sauce: mayonnaise mixed with Tabasco sauce and a bit of ketchup
Cut salmon into large chunks and pulse in a food processor for about 1 minute or to desired chunkiness. (If your processor is anything like the one I used, you’ll have a lot of fish chunks on the top and pureed fish on the bottom. This is fine.) Break up the larger pieces a bit with a wooden spoon (or your hands). In a large bowl, mix all the other ingredients first. Stir in fish and completely mix. Heat up oil in a large saucepan. Place a loose handful or large spoonful of fish mixture onto grill at a time (no need to firmly pack balls in your hands). Cook until nicely browned on one side and flip. Brown other side, and remove from pan. Place on top of a dollop of sauce and serve with a wedge of lemon.
(for about 8-10 servings)
1 1/2 lb fresh salmon (varies greatly, but averaged we’ll say): $20
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs: $0.35
2/3 cup mayonnaise: $0.50
1 bunch scallions: $0.69
1 lemon: $0.33
1 Tb fresh parsley: $0.15
Salt, pepper, 1 tsp soy sauce, olive oil: $0.25
Four brownie points: for a snack that satisfies your crispy fried tooth, this one has plenty of merits. Fresh fish, greens and lemon spell vitamins galore (not to mention flavor), and with a light olive oil fry base you’ll never miss the butter. It’s not the healthiest way to eat salmon, already one of the fattier fishes, with all the mayonnaise, but it may be one of the tastiest.