In honor of Mother’s Day tomorrow, I thought I would share with you my favorite recipe of my Mama’s!
Fried Salmon Patties are one of my top favorite foods. I also love cornbread, coleslaw and pinto beans which all happen to accompany the salmon when my Mama makes it. So, needless to say, this is my favorite meal at my parents house and they always make it for me when I’m home. Nothing beats some good home-cooked food.
We had this meal when I was a kid all the time. We fried often back then. Eventually, I guess we figured out that maybe we shouldn’t fry our dinners every night? So the cast iron frying pan started to be used less and less. Sad day.
But occasionally, my mother would still make these salmon patties for us.
I am going to guess that you might not have heard of this meal before? Canned salmon, egg and saltines? Just good old fashioned simple cooking. No frills, but delicious. I had to fight the urge to throw some extras in there, like some Old Bay or hot sauce, but I resisted so that I could make it just like Mama.
I don’t make this meal often at my own house. It’s just better when she makes it.
She also makes a big crock pot full of pinto beans to go with the salmon. Also no frills. Soak the beans overnight. Throw them in a crockpot, with water and salt and pepper. Turn them on low for the day. Done and done. These beans are best when served with lots of chopped onions on top and hot sauce.
Mama likes to make gravy bread. Pour the juice from the cooked pinto beans onto a piece of bread and just eat it. I don’t like my bread soggy, unless it is soaked in eggs and milk then fried like french toast. But I guess you can eat it however you want when you are the one that makes it.
**The most difficult part about this recipe is removing the bones from the canned salmon. This is not even difficult, but time consuming. If you miss a bone, it won’t hurt you. I also fried these goodies outside on the burner attached to our grill. This combats the “everything smells like fried seafood for days” phenomena.
Fried Salmon Patties
1 can Alaskan Pink Salmon (14.75 ounces), drained and deboned
8 soda crackers (Saltines), crushed fine
1 egg, lightly beaten
olive oil for frying
1. Drain salmon and remove bones. Place meat into a medium bowl. Add egg and crackers. Using hands, mix until evenly combined.
2. Form salmon mixture into 7-8 patties.
3. Add 1/4 inch oil to frying pan and heat to 350 degrees. Fry salmon patties for about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Remove from pan onto a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with salt.
Serve with ketchup. And pinto beans and cornbread and coleslaw! And fried okra if you are really lucky. Man, I am hungry!
This is just one of those meals that warms my heart and tummy.
What is your favorite meal that your mom makes?
Happy Mother’s Day to Mama, Mrs. Arlene, Grandma, Grannie, Kim and all of the other wonderful Mother’s I know!
For printable recipe, click here.