Low Carb Salmon Croquettes

Salmon CroquettesSalmon croquettes, or as I like to call them, little submarines on a plate.  I have certainly said it elsewhere that my mother was a terrific cook and one of the things, every once in a while, that she tried to shovel down our gullets were salmon croquettes.  I can tell you now that all three of us kids hate, hate, hated them and as you can imagine I did not eat them for many years.  When I decided to experiment and add a lot more ingredients  than my mom used and of course with the advent of better ways to eat salmon I came up with these.  Not much different than my originals but of course I do not use any panko or bread crumbs and now I realize how good they can be fried in lard.  Probably one of the biggest ways I get around using bread crumbs is the use of crushed fried pork skins.  It takes more than a rolling pin but your food processor will work quite well.  Yes, I do fry my own raw pork pellets from Willies since I also eat them as my diabetic popcorn but once they are crushed they can be used in all kinds of recipes.   A few examples might be:  Crunchy Deep Fried Chicken ChipsFried Cauliflower Tater TotsChicken KievCrab Cakes & Spicy Chipotle Aioli, and I even have a completely different recipe for Salmon Cakes & Tartar Sauce. In the picture above I paired  it with a buttery lemon wine caper sauce and of course you can use your own or perhaps try my Tartar Sauce.

If you don’t have the time or inclination to pop your own pellets then you can buy a 3 oz. bag through Netrition Pork Dust or a 1 lb. bag through Amazon Pork Dust Rind Breadcrumbs.  One of the reasons I like to pop and grind my own dust is that I am able to control the fineness of the grind.  Since I have never purchased either of these products (both made by the same company) I have no idea what the texture might be.  I contacted Bret at www.baconsheir.com to see what the cup count of their 1 lb. bag would be and he graciously told me about 8 cups so you can see at $21.00 per bag, and if you don’t want to pop your own, this is a great way to get them.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Salmon Croquettes
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb Canned Salmon (Yes, Fresh Is OK And Just More Time Consuming)
  2. ½ C Water
  3. 3 T Butter
  4. 1 Small Onion Very Finely Diced
  5. ¾ C Celery Very Finely Diced
  6. ¾ C Red Bell Pepper Very Finely Diced
  7. ¾ C Yellow Bell Pepper Very Finely Diced
  8. ⅓ C Finely Ground Pork Skins
  9. 2 T Dried Parsley (Fresh Is Fine If Finely Chopped)
  10. ½ C Mayonnaise
  11. 2 T Drained And Chopped Capers
  12. 1 T Worcestershire Sauce
  13. 2 t Dijon Mustard
  14. 2 t Old Bay Seasoning
  15. ¼ t Tabasco Sauce
  16. 2 Eggs Beaten
  17. ¼ C Sour Cream
  18. 1½ C Finely Ground Pork Skins (+ More Only If Needed)
  19. Oil Of Choice For Frying
Instructions
  1. Slowly heat butter and water, dice all vegetables, add to butter & water, cover, and cook until soft. Drain if there is any water left or...better yet...uncover until it is all evaporated. Cool completely.
  2. Flake salmon making sure to discard any bones and put into a bowl. Blend in ⅓ C pork skins.
  3. In another bowl mix mayo, capers, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, parsley, old bay, and Tabasco.
  4. Beat eggs and sour cream until smooth, add 3 T to mayo mix and reserve the rest.
  5. Blend mayo mix into salmon making sure all is coated. At this point if you are not making immediately, cover and refrigerate for later. It is best chilled anyway.
  6. Put balance of egg mix on a plate, put ground pork skins on another plate and have a third plate to put finished croquettes on.
  7. Dividing salmon into 6 equal parts, form into little submarines.
  8. Roll each in the egg, then in the pork skins and put onto the third plate.
  9. Heat oil of choice (I do use lard) and when oil reached 340°-350° place each sub gently into the oil. When browned turn and brown 2nd side.
  10. Serve with lemon wedges and tartar sauce. I will say these are so flavorful that they are good just plain.
  11. 6 Servings
  12. 383 Calories, 27.5g Protein, 28.0g Fat, 5.0g Carbs, 1.6g Fiber, 3.4g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Easy enough to make into hors d’oeuvres with a thin slice of lemon on top.
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