Favorite Fishy Patties for Daring Cooks

I would never have thought to post about some mundane fish patties were it not for this month's challenge.  The Daring Cooks’ February 2012 challenge was hosted by Audax & Lis and they chose to present Patties for their ease of construction, ingredients and deliciousness! We were given several recipes, and learned the different types of binders and cooking methods to produce our own tasty patties!

Those aren't green sunflower seeds, it's the parsley ground in with them.

As it turns out, this was an opportunity to improv off a favorite easy recipe of mine, whose source is lost in the distant past..  These patties are very simple, using no flour or eggs, but ground sunflower seeds for the binder, which works very well.  They hold together beautifully.  It calls for a can of salmon, tuna, or mackerel, but as I had some left-over cooked salmon and perhaps half a can of sardines, guess what went in these?  Add to that whatever herbs you like, half an onion, and some vinegar.  I told you this was easy.  As an added bonus, the recipe is so versatile.  Different seasonings, different fish.  You can see the orange flecks of salmon in there, bits of green parsley.  If I had any dill that would have been an obvious choice.

 Fantastic Fish Patties

1 can salmon, mackerel, tuna, etc. or the equivalent cooked fish
1/2 onion, minced
1 tablespoon vinegar
3/4 cup ground sunflower seeds
seasoning of choice, dill, parsley, oregano, fennel pollen
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 tablespoons olive oil

Grind the sunflower seeds (I threw the parsley in there as well - about 1/4 cup) in a food processor.  Flake your fish in a medium bowl, add in the remaining ingredients and mix well.  Form into patties and fry in the oil for about 3 minutes on each side, or until they start to brown.

I didn't put these in slider buns, just served with some homemade dressing, freshly baked bread on the side and a slaw of carrots and cabbage.  Delicious and quick, perfect for a week night meal.  Check out The Daring Kitchen and just see how many kinds of patties people came up with.


Renata said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I was intrigued at the forum, cause I never thought to use sunflower seeds as a binder. I'll have to try that sometime soon!

Joanne said...

I've never had fish patties like this before but they sound absolutely delicious!

Audax said...

I love the idea of the sunflower seeds as the binder that is so healthy and super fun idea a wonderful addition. I'm going to try this next time. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

Todd M said...

Sunflower seeds sounds like an interesting binder - maybe a little healthier. I wish I could get my wife to like fish cakes - they may be mundane but they're good.

INMA said...

I love the idea of not using egg or flour and I really like sunflower seeds, I am going to try your recipe soon

Don't Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys! said...

Love the sunflower seeds as a binder as does everyone else. I bet your cakes were delicious. I am next in line to give these a try. Great job!

Jo said...

These sound really good, I am intrigues by the sunflower seed binder as well! Great job on the challenge!

Monkeyshines in the Kitchen said...

The salmon with sunflowers sounds wonderful! I love these challenges that let you use the odds and ends in the fridge

Sarah said...

Sounds delicious and healthy. Great idea with the sunflower seeds. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Vivian - Let's Try These... said...

Love how your patties turned out. How clever to use sunflower seeds as a binder! Bet that added flavor was fantastic

Simona said...

Just tonight I was looking at a recipe for salmon cakes: it uses mayo, which I don't really like. And crab cakes do too. I like your idea of using sunflower seeds much better.