Fishing for Lent!!!

Happy Fat Tuesday everyone!
I hope that y’all are wearing your mardi gras beads! I used to think of Fat Tuesday as my last meal before the Lenten season…you know, a day where I had to eat every meat product in sight before Ash Wednesday where my only resort was a tuna salad sandwich from the school cafeteria. Who knows if that stuff is even real tuna! Nevertheless, over the past couple of years I have found it less of a challenge to abstain from eating meat on Friday. This is mainly because I have developed an extreme obsession with fish and partly because the only meats I eat are chicken and turkey. Anyhow, back to how I love fish, and any seafood for that matter. Lately I have been exploring new ways to cook fish. Whether the fish is pan seared, grilled, or baked I have probably eaten it. This brings me to once again praise Whole Foods for their absolute brilliance in the supermarket industry. I often tote the greatness of their seafood department in my blogs because these people really know what customer service is all about. Not only do they know me personally, but I chat with them over the phone around three times a week when I place an order for two gluten-free tequila lime salmon burgers for Leslie. The hospitality and the salmon burgers are out of this world, not to mention the salmon burgers are made with the freshest ingredients and top grade fish (hey I’m just saying). So of course, after paying around ten dollars for these suckers I wanted to save my money and time and just make my own version. I apologize to Whole Foods, but I hit this one out of the park…but only of course with the help of the Whole Foods seafood department who personally took it upon themselves to grind up one pound of fresh salmon for me…I am truly spoiled. These salmon patties are truly tasty, flavored with the zest and juice of a ripe orange and a hint of dill. Did I mention that they are also gluten free? Sister is happy. I am happy. Go me! Anyhow, I hope y’all enjoy these simple salmon patties…they will definitely make my Lenten season a bit easier!

Citrus-Dill Salmon Patties

1 pound skinless salmon fillet, ground (I got my Whole Foods seafood department guy to grind me up some sockeye salmon)
1 Tbs. prepared white horseradish
juice of half an orange (I used a Cara Cara orange)
zest of half an orange
1 whole large egg, lightly beaten
1 Tbs. chopped fresh dill
2 Tbs. almond meal (its gluten free might I add)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. black pepper
extra virgin olive oil

1. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly using your hands (make sure not to overwork the salmon…it will turn tough when you cook it).
2. Using your hands, form two individual round salmon patties.
3. Heat a medium sized frying pan or a non-stick skillet with evoo over medium heat (you can also bake the patties in the oven at 350 F for 10-15 minutes).
4. Cook the patties, turning once to brown on each side, about 6-7 minutes each.

Serve with a simple arugula salad and top each salmon pattie with a dollop of my big fat Greek tzatziki sauce!



  1. Anonymous says:

    now don’t be hatin’, but for my fat tuesday dinner i went to piolas, had the arugula salad, my favorite pizza, and a glass of wine. and afterwards, went to the chocolate bar for some amazing ice cream…thats celebrating…are you ready to go to piolas again??? i’ll be ready anytime…or, you can come over and fix these awesome salmon patties on friday…ciao..

  2. Hi, it’s Food on Friday time again on Carole’s Chatter. The theme this time is salmon! Yum. It would be neat if you linked this post in. This is the link . Have a good week.

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