Friday, October 21, 2011

Kid Friendly Meal Idea: Salmon Croquettes

Salmon Croquettes


If you have a picky eater at home, one way to get them to try new things is to have them help you cook.  This is a learning experience for children.  They learn about what they're eating; the different types of meat, fruits and vegetables, grains, spices, how to measure, and most importantly how to whip up a good meal!

I decided to teach my daughter how to make Salmon Croquettes (My Way!)  It's great for kids because they get to get their hands dirty while making the salmon patties.


How we made our Salmon Croquettes

1 12oz. can Pink Salmon
2 medium eggs
1/2 cup of chopped onion
1/2 cup of crumbled saltine crackers
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of paprika
3 tablespoons of FRESH squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons of Kikkomans Soy Sauce

After placing the can opener onto the can I let my daughter twist the can open.  This is good for children to test their strength and to help them further develop their motor skills.  Of course you have to supervise your child while opening the can, it can be dangerous and they can cut themselves!  Once the can is open, drain the water into a bowl.  Put the salmon into another bowl and remove the soft bones by carefully separating the the fish with a fork.  Once the bones are removed, you or your child can take a the fork and break up the salmon.  Now you can add all of the other ingredients.  You should have a nice thick mixture. (If it's not thick enough you can add some more crumbled saltine crackers.)  Now it's time to get dirty while making salmon patties out of your mixture.  Take a big tablespoon of the mixture and pat into patties with your hands.

I grill my patties, but you can also fry them up in a pan coated with oil and cook until both sides are golden brown. 

Salmon Croquettes are good at breakfast, lunch or dinner.  We had ours with steamed white rice, corn with parsley flakes on top and a nice butter and garlic sauce to go over the rice and croquettes.

Remember when I said to drain the juice from the can into a bowl?  Here's what to do with it!

What you need:
The juice from the Canned Salmon
About 2 teaspoons of FRESH minced garlic
1/2 lemon sqeezed (Juice)
2 Large tablespoons of Butter
2 tablespoons of Kikkomans Soy Sauce
1/4 cup of water

Put the butter in a pan and add the garlic.  Cook the garlic until it's just about to turn brown, add the juice from the Salmon, lemon juice, soy sauce, and water.  Let simmer on med/low for 3-5 minutes.  Pour over steamed rice and salmon croquettes.  



I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!  

Always wishing you success in Love and Life!

Monique Bradford~  The WifeyMommyPreneur


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