Easy & Cheap Salmon Patty Tacos

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It’s that time of month again, the end!

My husband is paid monthly so once our food money is gone, it’s gone. We’ve become adept at planning ahead and stocking the pantry enough so we know there are some “emergency” meals in there. Those emergency meals get us through the times when we miscalculated what we need or when something else came along and dipped into the food fund (hey, it happens!)

These end-of-the-month meals have saved our butts more than a few times! Yesterday’s creation was especially well-received so I thought I would share.

salmon taco
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Salmon Patty Tacos
Salmon patties:
1 can salmon, undrained
1 cup bread or cracker crumbs
preferred seasoning
oil for frying

Mix the salmon, bread crumbs, and seasoning into a bowl. Mix well and form into patties.

Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the patties until they are brown and crispy on each side, about 2 minutes per side.

Remove patties from oil and set on a plate lined with a clean, old towel (or paper towels).

To prepare tacos:
prepared salmon patties
mayonnaise or cajun aioli
pickle spears
flour taco shells

Spread the mayo on the taco shell. Slice a pickle spear into thin slices and place on top of the mayo. Cut a salmon patty into two or three pieces and place on top of the pickle. Top with lettuce and fold like a taco or burrito.

I used mid-grade salmon that was $4 a can, feel free to use the cheaper stuff. I like to remove as much of the skin & bones as I can. If you don’t drain the salmon you’ll get more salmon flavor and won’t need to use an egg or mayonnaise.

My preferred spice was Mrs. Dash Original because it has a nice, lemony flavor. I also added a ton of black pepper and to the last few patties I added crushed red pepper because I like things hot.

I made the patties on the small side, about the size of a half dollar. This recipe made 14 small patties.

As for oil, if you have it bacon grease is the way to go as it adds a ton of flavor and is free.

For an extra kick you can use aioli instead of mayo. To make a simple aioli just mix a few tablespoons of mayonnaise with your preferred spices or cajun spices and mix well.

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  • Valerie Cronin

    Omg, this looks scrumptious! I wouldn’t wait until the end of the month/money time, either, lol. I love the ideas for how to make it spicy; we like things hot too. It’s funny you posted this, b/c just last night Phil and I were talking about how you have made fish tacos, and I said I didn’t know what you put in them, but I was thinking that I’d like to try them with the fish and some cole slaw in a soft taco or tortilla wraps. I am SO trying your recipe.