My kids love tuna fish. Every once and a while I’ll throw a curve ball at them – salmon for dinner!
These salmon patties feature cannellini beans, red bell pepper, and sesame seeds. They have a very mild and delicate flavor. And speaking of delicate – be careful! They can crumble – like a jilted lover on Valentine’s Day.
The next time I make these, I’ll add an egg or mayonnaise to bind them more. Also, refrigerating 1 hour before cooking can help. The jilted lover? I cannot help.
Help out your budget – adding a can of white beans really help s-t-r-e-t-c-h that can of salmon. You can get many more patties.
I pureed the beans and red bell pepper. If your kids are older, you might be able to get away with leaving beans whole or finely chopping the bell pepper. Be sure to use sesame oil for coating the patties – this increases the delicious taste of the sesame seeds.
If you want to get extra fancy, try using a cookie cutter to form the patties.
Salmon Patties with White Beans and Sesame Crust
Recipe by Striving Bean
Makes 10 – 12 salmon patties
- 1 large can (14.75 oz.) of salmon (I prefer Alaskan Wild Caught)
- 1- 15 oz. can white beans, rinsed well & drained (I used cannellini beans)
- 1 large baking potato
- 2 to 3 oz. sesame seeds
- 4 teaspoons sesame oil (for coating patties)
- Canola oil (for frying pan)
- 1 bell pepper – roughly chopped, seeds and stem removed (amount you use is up to you)
Optional Ingredient ideas if the above looks too mild. Give one of these (or several) a try:
- 1/2 medium onion, very finely chopped
- Chopped fresh garlic
- Fresh dill
- Chopped fresh parsley
- Dash or two curry powder
- Dash or two of paprika
- White pepper, seasoned to taste
Simple Cucumber Salad
- 4 cucumbers
- 1/2 (0.5) teaspoon Rice Vinegar
- pinch of sugar (optional)
- Wash and scrub 1 medium baking potato . Cook baking potato in the microwave 8 to 10 minutes on high. Potato is done when you can pierce easily with a fork. Set aside to cool. Be careful! It will be very hot.
- Peel cucumber with a vegetable peeler. Discard outer cucumber peel. Peel rest of cucumber in to thin strips (do not include seeds).
- Place cucumber strips in a separate bowl. Add 1/2 (0.5) teaspoon rice vinegar. Add a pinch of sugar (optional) and stir gently. Chill in refrigerator.
- Drain and rinse white beans. Add beans to food processor.
- Add chopped red bell pepper to beans. Add as much red bell pepper as you think your child will like. (I used 1/2 bell pepper, but after I tasted I could have used more.)
- Puree red bell pepper and white beans together. Scrape down sides as needed
- Drain canned salmon. Place salmon in a separate bowl and mash with fork.
- Remove and discard peel from cooled potato. Roughly chop potato.
- Add the pureed white beans & bell pepper to the salmon.
- Add roughly chopped potato to salmon mixture. Mash with a fork.
- Add optional ingredients if desired.
- Form into patty shapes. Or on a cutting board, cut patties with cookie cutters.
- Lightly brush each side of patty with sesame oil. Use a spatula to turn over the patty.
- Carefully coat each side with sesame seeds. Use a spatula to transfer to pan.
- Place patties in a large lightly oiled skillet over medium heat. Leave yourself wiggle room for flipping.
- Fry patties until golden brown on both sides.
Serve on a bed of Simple Cucumber Salad.
Our family weighs in:
- Son said they were “great”. But he kind of freaked about the sesame seeds at first.
- Daughter hated the sesame seeds. Next time I will lightly flour the patties for her.
- Husband loved them – said they were the “best salmon patties ever!”
- I really liked them and loved the sesame seed crust. Next time I’ll make an “adult version” batch too with more seasonings.
I never told the kids about the beans – they couldn’t taste them.
- What is the difference between white beans? This cookthink.com article helped me understand: “Cannellini beans vs. Great Northern beans vs. Navy beans”
- No need to poke holes in the baking potato before microwaving – I’ve never had one explode. Yet.
What do you think about salmon patties with beans?