Salmon Burgers

This is a good recipe even if you aren’t crazy about Salmon. It makes 2 salmon burgers, but you can stretch it to 3 if you need to. I made a creamy cocktail sauce that tastes great on the burgers (2 parts catsup, a squirt or 2 of creamy horseradish and a spoonful of mayonnaise).

Ingredients:

1 can drained salmon

1 egg, beaten

1/2 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs

1 tsp Italian Seasoning

1/4 tsp salt

ground pepper to taste

2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

2 buns, split and toasted

tartar sauce

Directions:

Combine salmon, egg, 1/4 cup of the breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Form patties about 1/2 inch thick.

Spread remaining bread crumbs on a plate and dredge the patties in the crumbs until coated.

Heat oil over medium heat and cook patties 3 minutes on each side

Salmon Burgers

Asian Salmon in Foil

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha, optional
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 pounds salmon
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together honey, garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, Sriracha and pepper, to taste.
  • Place salmon onto the prepared baking sheet and fold up all 4 sides of the foil. Spoon the honey mixture over the salmon. Fold the sides of the foil over the salmon, covering completely and sealing the packet closed.
  • Place into oven and bake until cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.* Then broil for 2-3 minutes, or until caramelized and slightly charred.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.
Asian Salmon in Foil

Fish and Chips

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1 lb white, flaky fish (cod, haddock, tilapia)
5 potatoes, washed and scrubbed
1 cup full-flavored beer (such as Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA)
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp + 1 tsp kosher salt
4 cups warm water
vegetable oil

Make the soaking mixture for the cut potatoes by combining warm water and 2 tablespoons kosher salt in large bowl. Mix to dissolve salt. Set aside.

To prepare the potatoes, peel the sides of the potato with a vegetable peeler, leaving some skin at the top and bottom. Slice potatoes length-wise, in 1/2″ slices. Then, slice 1/4″ inch strips from those slices. A mandoline or french fry cutter is very handy here! Place cut potatoes in the bowl of salt water and soak for 15 minutes. Remove from water and place the potatoes on a clean kitchen towel to dry for a few minutes. Dry well to avoid splattering when frying.

Fill a dutch oven with vegetable oil, so that oil comes up a little less than halfway up the pot. Place over low heat and heat to 375 degrees. Meanwhile, prepare your beer batter by combining the beer, 1 cup of flour, and a teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Set aside. Place remainder of flour in a resealable bag and set aside with the beer batter.

Once oil is up to temperature, fry the potatoes in batches, taking care not to overcrowd. Fry until edges are starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Remove to a paper-towel lined cookie sheet. Repeat process with remaining potatoes. Once all potatoes have been fried, bring the oil back up to 375 degrees, and refry them. The “twice-fry” is the key to a crispy french fry. Just another minute or two in the hot oil is all you need. Place them on a cooling rack on a cookie sheet and keep warm in an oven while fish is frying.

To fry the fish, place filets in the bag of flour to lightly coat, then dip into beer batter, and add to the oil. Fry until golden brown, turning fish occasionally, about 6-9 minutes depending on the size of the filets. Remove from oil and drain on paper towel-lined plate for a minute before plating. Serve fried fish over a generous portion of french fries with wedges of lemon for garnish. Tartar sauce and malt vinegar on the side.

Fish and Chips

Tilapia Milanese

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Ingredients

4 6 -ounce tilapia fillets
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
3 large eggs
6 slices white sandwich bread, torn into pieces
1/3 cup fresh parsley leaves
Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon, plus lemon wedges for serving
5 to 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 cups baby arugula


Directions:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Soak the fish in a bowl with the milk and 2 cups ice, 15 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the flour with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Lightly beat the eggs in another dish. Pulse the bread, parsley, lemon zest and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor until crumbs form, then transfer to a third dish.

One at a time, remove the fillets from the milk and dredge in the flour, shaking off the excess. Dip in the eggs, then coat with the breadcrumbs, gently pressing to coat both sides. Transfer to a large plate.

Line a baking sheet with foil. Heat 2 tablespoons each olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 fillets and cook until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining 2 fillets, adding 2 more tablespoons each olive oil and butter. Transfer the fish to the oven and bake until cooked through, about 8 minutes.

Toss the arugula with the remaining 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve the fish with the salad and lemon wedges.

Tilapia Milanese

Pistachio Panko Salmon

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Ingredients

two 3-4 oz wild Alaskan salmon filets or one jumbo filet
approx ¼ cup shelled pistachio nuts [salted or unsalted; up to you!]
approx ¼ cup chipotle panko bread crumbs
a few drizzles of your favorite healthy oil
salt, pepper, and garlic powder, to taste

The measurements aren’t super detailed since this one can be easily thrown together without slaving over measuring cups or spoons; another reason why I prefer cooking to baking =) Can’t find chipotle panko? No problem! Simply use plain panko breadcrumbs or season them with your favorite chipotle seasoning blend. It’s also really good with Italian-seasoned panko too!

Instructions

Pre-heat your oven or toaster oven to 450 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil.
Finely chop your pistachios until they’re practically minced [the smaller the better!] using a chef’s knife or even a food processor if you so choose. Another method? Pour the nuts into a plastic bag and crush with a heavy bottle of wine or equivalent. [Hey… it works!] Toss together with panko and set aside.
Next move on to the salmon.
Heat a cast iron pan or skillet with a hearty drizzle of oil to high/medium-high heat and hold off on adding the salmon until you’re sure it’s hot.
While you wait, season both sides of your salmon with garlic powder, salt and freshly ground black pepper or cayenne pepper.
The wild salmon I buy always has the skin on one side; simply remove it with a knife or sear that side [unseasoned] first, it will peel right off after a minute or two! After removing the skin, season that side as well.
Allow each side a minute or so on the hot skillet to sear [look for an opaque crust with a rare center], then ensure there’s still a bit of oil in the pan and coat one side of your salmon with the panko/pistachio mixture. Add as much or as little as you’d like!
Flip the salmon filet, breading side down, and allow the topping to crisp for just under a minute or so.
With a spatula, move the salmon to a foil lined baking sheet [pistachio side up] and bake for approximately 5-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of your filet.
The result is a crisp, flavorful crust on the outside with a tender flaky inside.

Pistachio Panko Salmon