Crispy salmon bites

If this post was written by Ulysses (because I just asked him what to say about these after staring blankly at the screen for the past half hour) it would go like this “they were delicious and I ate every single one. The end.”

And that’s why he doesn’t blog.

Ok, so truth is I’m in Florida on vacation (and currently half distracted by this weird Johnny Depp movie, Dark Shadows that’s on). In the 2 days we’ve been here so far I’ve gone to the pool twice, eaten frozen yogurt twice, gone on a Macy’s shopping spree with my mother in law’s employee discount (Hi, shiny new Fossil watch I’ve been wanting forever), walked along the beach and any interesting things I had to say about these salmon bites from last week are far, far out of my mind.

So here’s what I remember…

It was lunchtime and another boring salad involving canned fish sounded disgusting. So I mixed it up, panko-fied it, “fried” them and lunch suddenly became worth eating again.

I buy canned tuna, salmon and chicken all the time for fast lunches but then end up looking at them stacked in the pantry with disgust because really, who looks forward to their lunch coming from a can?

Answer? Me, now that these exist.

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Crispy salmon bites
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Jazz up that canned salmon in your pantry with these crispy mustard and dill infused bites.
Serves: 2
  • 1 6oz. can wild salmon, drained
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, minced
  • ½ small green pepper, diced
  • ¼ teaspoon dill
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • extra virgin olive oil for pan frying
  1. Combine all ingredients (except olive oil) in a medium bowl and mash together.
  2. Form into small patties, place on a plate and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  3. Pour panko breadcrumbs onto a small plate and coat patties on all sides.
  4. Heat a pan to medium-high and drizzle enough olive oil to almost coat the pan.
  5. Place patties in pan (I did 2 batches to not crowd the pan) and pan-fry for about 2 minutes per side until golden.
  6. Transfer to a paper towel to drain excess oil and repeat with remaining patties adding olive oil as needed.
  7. Serve immediately. They go great on top of a salad with a yogurt & dill dipping sauce/dressing.


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  1. 1

    Ahh yum.. these look SO GOOD. I love using canned salmon, it always makes for a quick and easy meal when I’m too lazy to cook. I will be trying this for sure ;)

  2. 2

    I am so glad you posted this! I have a can of TJ’s salmon in the cupboard that I have been staring at forever!! I’m going to make your recipe with it!!

  3. 3

    I am definitely going to pick up some salmon at TJ’s this weekend! YUM!

  4. 4

    How delicious! I have some canned salmon and have been debating how to use it. Sold!

  5. 5

    I’m intrigued by these– I’ll have to make them!

  6. 6
    Elizabeth says:

    How do you think these would do with canned tuna? My husband has a tendency to stockpile, so I have several cans waiting for me to figure out what to do with them.

  7. 8

    Yum, these look awesome! I’ve made salmon cakes from canned salmon a few times but I love how you made them so tiny & cute. More crispy outer crust, ALWAYS a good thing!

  8. 9

    Bahaha blog land is salmon-crazed today! All my friends have been posting glorious pink recipes — these look amaaaaazing! =)

  9. 10

    Yummm. I’ve been loving all things salmon these days, and these are a fun way to mix it up!

  10. 11

    Yes. These. Need them. I’ve had canned salmon for far too long. I keep thinking I’ll put it on top of salad, but I never do. These look awesome!

  11. 12

    I love how cheap TJ’s wild salmon is. I’ll definitely be making these in the near future (with my TJ’s almond meal of course!)

  12. 13

    Salmon is my faaaavorite! I love these crispy bites, perfect flavors!

  13. 14

    here is a great way to use my never ending supply of canned fish which i never use. this recipe sound so great. on a side note, i love that watch. Enjoy the vacation :)

  14. 15

    So tasty and elegant! These look delish, Gina!

  15. 16

    This is awesome!! I think lunch is still my biggest challenge in my quick, tasty, filling, healthy made at home endeavor. For this reason, although I don’t really like fish, I have been purchasing cans of tuna and other fish, with the idea that they could be quick lunch items. Yes they have just sat there looking back at me. I think one time I made this awesome tuna/tortilla chip salad, but since then haven’t really been excited to make it again, and haven’t really thought of anything else but salads, sandwiches or snacks to use them for.
    So yes I am excited about this.

    p.s I have been following your blog for a while for recipe ideas. I don’t remember how I found it, haha and have shied away from commenting in an attempt to avoid being ‘completely sucked in :). A lot of times it has helped me complete a part of a meal that’s missing something.
    I just started a blog about food about ideas on combining different recipes to make a complete meal, using the plate method. I hope to be using some of your recipes, this should be fun!

    • 17
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      thanks for finally commenting! So great to hear from the lurkers occasionally ;) Love the idea of your blog, off to check it out!

  16. 18

    these seriously look SO amazing. i love how crunchy the exterior is and i’m in love with salmon. it’s my favorite fish!! i’m jealous you’re in warm sunny florida..get some sun for me:)

  17. 19
    Kim @ I Hope I Don't Get Lost says:

    Not gonna lie – I made these for dinner tonight! I saw your post this morning, had enough of the ingredients handy (with a couple swaps) and figured they would be fun to try. They came out really good and ill definitely make them again! Thanks for sharing so many great recipes!

  18. 21

    I waaaant these!

  19. 22

    I love using panko, it gives everything that nice crunch that I just love. Give me something crunchy and salty and I’m all over it :) I’ve actually never bought canned salmon before, but I’m going to try it!

  20. 23

    These look sooo good. Could you use greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise?

    • 24
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      I think you probably could. I don’t usually use mayo and almost always sub greek yogurt. No idea what made me use it this time, but go for it. You might not need as much as it’s a bit more watery than mayo so start off with a little less.

  21. 25

    I have four cans of canned smoked salmon but had no clue what else I was going to do with it – but now I do. And word to ya’ motha’ – this totally makes canned meat and lunch simultaneously worth devouring. Minimal guilt.

  22. 26

    Yum yum yum yum yum! AND I have all the ingredients!!!

  23. 27

    These look incredible, Gina!!! Hope you’re having fun in the sun ;)

  24. 28

    You must have a heated pool, cuz the water is way to cold to get in after last week’s cold front. Have a great vacay.
    I totally love these salmon cakes to put on a salad; good call.

  25. 29

    I don’t even like salmon, but this makes me want to eat it! These look so good. I might just have to swap out the salmon with something else, but I want them now!

  26. 30

    No way, I have 2 cans of salmon sitting in my cupboard bought prior to our move -can’t wait to make these!!

  27. 31

    this looks wonderful Gina. Quite honestly, I have never even seen salmon cans around, love salmon, so will definitely give this a try. looks delicious.

  28. 32

    ha! My husband is the same way. Thankgoodness he’s not the food blogger in this house – just the eater ;)

  29. 33

    I love having recipes handy I can make with things I keep in storage cupboard! I am certainly going to try this one!

  30. 34
    neurotic mom says:

    Do you think you could bake these instead of frying?

  31. 37

    These look like a great little appetizer to celebrate the first day of spring =)

  32. 38

    These look delish! I’m wondering if anyone has/if you think you could use fresh salmon?

  33. 40

    Just made these for lunch today, very good, I didn’t have mayo so I used sour cream also used AP flour in place of the almond flour. I had baked salmon left over from previous dinner no canned for this gal, used grapeseed oil for frying. I probably could have made a little smaller mine turned out about the size of a slider. I will make these again, next time a little smaller. I think they would make a wonderful appetizer topped with a dollop of sour cream a slice of cucumber or green onion, oh my gosh the possibilities are endless. Thank you so much for sharing.


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