Here is an real easy recipe for a very fulfilling snack or meal. Some cooked fish and then add “whatever” you want, some spice for a kick and you have these crispy, flaky patties.
I was born in a fish loving land, a sweet land where we are known to eat fish for lunch and dinner; and also for snack in the form of “macher chop” (fish cutlets), fish fry (fish fillets coated in batter and deep fried) and a variety others. I remember my dida (grandma), creating these wonderful fish croquettes very quickly with leftover fish when we had those early evening cravings. The matter was more elaborate when we had guests – tiny, finger sized croquettes all in the exact same size and shape arranged neatly on a tray disappeared pretty quick. The small restaurant that sits near the train station in my home town still sits there drawing a big crowd with their special fish chop.. ah! unforgettable!
The salmon patties here is neither as pretty nor as professional. We never ate salmon back home for in West Bengal the love for fish is kind of limited to fresh water fish/river fish. We do not get much of those here and my kids still have not acquired the taste for salmon. They find it chewy as compared to Tilapia which they will readily eat. I actually made these tiny patties as lunch burgers. They were appreciated and eaten by my kids. I ate mine generously dipped in some sriracha.
These are fairly easy to do, especially if you have canned fish. I used the salmon fillets and steamed them; mixed all other things I had at hand and created these delectable patties. These are shallow fried in a pan. I bet they would have been a bigger treat if they were coated and deep fried like at back home, but for now I am happy this way.
Ingredients: (yields about 10 -12 small cakes)
- Oil for shallow frying
- 2 Salmon Fillets, broiled, boiled/steamed, baked or cooked in any other way (or same amount of canned salmon)
- 4 tablespoons, very finely chopped onions or green onions
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 2-3 tablespoons chopped parsley or cilantro (or whatever herb you like)
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon lightly roasted cumin seeds, crushed (optional)
- freshly ground black pepper ( I used a lot)
- 1 slice of bread, the edges removed (wholegrain/white)
- 6-7 saltine crackers (or about 4-5 tablespoons of bread crumbs) wholegrain , coarsely powdered
NOTE: Other things that may be used: finely chopped bell peppers, celery, other fresh herbs, red pepper flakes, hot sauce.
Any boneless fish may be used here.
I have used wholegrain bread and crackers; feel free to use the kind you like/have.
Combine all the above ingredients and mash them well together. Divide the mix in to approximately 10 – 12 equal parts; roll them into spheres and flatten each of them like a patty/burger.
Heat oil in a flat thick bottomed pan. Shallow fry them, each side about 5-7 minutes or until they are golden brown.
Serve hot with hot sauce/Cilantro Mint Chutney or your favorite sauce or condiment.