I make these patties the way my mother used to make her “salmon” patties, which were actually mackerel. Mother didn’t have the money for the expensive salmon and I think mackerel was about 10 cents per can back in the 1940s. Although I loved her version and didn’t have a very big food budget when I married, I always made the patties with salmon and used her method of adding only crackers, onions and seasoning to the mix, no egg (my mother used as few eggs as possible in every dish). My family prefers them this way and they are never as crispy on the outside and moist on the inside as when they are fried in Crisco.
MOM’S SALMON PATTIES
- 1 Tblsp. olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- One 14-15 oz. can Alaskan pink salmon
- 12 saltine crackers, crushed
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Crisco for frying
In a small skillet, heat oil and saute onions on low heat until they are soft.
Drain salmon and remove any bones. Place salmon in a bowl and add the sauteed onions. Add the crushed saltines and a grind or two of black pepper. The saltines add enough salt for our taste. Mix together and form into 6 patties. The mixture should hold together but still be slightly moist.
Melt Crisco in a large skillet and add the patties, browning/cooking about 5 minutes on each side.