5favs – gone fishin’

sometimes the thought of cooking fish, can make some people sigh…including me, especially if you think it’s going to be too hard or take too long for a weeknight dinner.  specifically for fresh fish, I prefer to buy and cook it the same day, so a trip to the grocery store would be adding extra time to my day if I wanted to have fish.  but in the long run, I find that all the huffing and puffing that I do in regards to cooking fish, is always a waste of time.  because I always wind up asking myself afterwards “why don’t I do this more often?” because its always worth it. the fish is delish and the ‘extra’ time really isn’t that much more time in the scheme of things.  and for the ultimate convenience, I’ve had meals with canned tuna and canned salmon that have been good enough to knock my scales off (hee, hee) – but I don’t readily think about using them! so, I had to refresh and find 5 favs for easy, delicious fish recipes (including one from my mom!).  no more huffing and puffing, I’m going to ‘go fishin’ more often. 🙂  do you enjoy cooking fish?

  1. zee’s salmon patties served with plantains and brown rice (recipe below)
  2. salade nicoise via saveur
  3. pan roasted fish filets with herb butter via nytimes
  4. asian glazed salmon – 5 ingredient marinade via recipe tin eats
  5. easy fish tacos via washington post


“zee’s salmon patties”


1 can of wild pink or red alaskan salmon (try this brand)

the juice of 1/2 lemon and 1/4 tsp of lemon zest

1 egg

2Tbsp of milk (fat free or whole, your preference)

2 Tbsp sofrito (we made ours fresh, but you can use Goya sofrito or recaito)

2tsp of worcestershire sauce

1tsp of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes

1/2 cup seasoned panko breadcrumbs

salt and pepper to taste

flour for dusting (1/2 cup generally works)

oil for frying


 place salmon in mixing bowl.  de bone and flake the salmon (if you miss a few bones, it’s okay. the bones are soft and likely won’t hurt you)  squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon over the salmon.  add the lemon zest.  now, make a well/opening in the center of the salmon.  in a separate bowl, beat the egg with 2Tbsp of milk, and place it in the well.  put the sofrito,  worcestershire sauce, cayenne or red pepper flakes, and seasoned panko breadcrumbs in the well. season lightly with salt and pepper.  now, mix it all together.  heat oil (use an amount that will coat the bottom of the pan) in a saute or frying pan.  form patties by placing a heaping tablespoon of the mixture in your hands, and forming it into a flattened pattie.  (you probably want to spray your hands with PAM or use gloves because this pattie forming can get sticky…but make it fun, call it salmon playdoh…or maybe not 🙂  ).   have a plate with the flour ready to lightly dust the salmon patties in flour before frying.  when the oil is hot, place the floured salmon patties in the pan, and fry until the edges of the pattie start turning brown, then flip. try to only flip 1x.  when brown on both sides, take out and place on a paper towel to blot some of the oil.  feel free to squeeze lemon over the hot patties for extra flavor.  enjoy!



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