Fish Burgers

Even though I am a vegetarian, once in a while I like to eat fish. As a kid I hated fish but

as with arugula, blue cheese, and red wine, the older I got the more I started to appreciate these things. Now that I am a grown up, all of these items are cherished ingredients I love to use on a regular basis. As a kid, I also told my parents once I am a grown up I will do everything differently, and that MY kids would be allowed to watch as much TV as they want (especially Baywatch!), eat sweets all day long, and don’t have to go to school - EVER.

Well, today I can see what a silly, little Peppa I was. Funny how things change. But back to fish. The other day I missed the U.S. so much, and wanted to cook something that reminded me of my life there. So, I decided to make salmon burgers. I remember how my uncle Bill made the most delicious salmon burgers for a family barbecue in his magical, happy, little garden in Oregon many years ago. He was so sweet to me when I was little, and needed someone who was on my side.

He never yelled at me, and not once was he impatient, even though at times I was a wild, stubborn, annoying little nugget. So when I recreated these delicious salmon burgers at home, I immediately felt closer to the other side of the pond. I got all the necessary ingredients at my local supermarket. I was quite surprised to see how easily salmon burgers are made.

And hey, easy is exactly what we all need after a long day at work, right? I ate them alongside a yummy black, and white bean salad drizzled with some honey-mustard dressing. It was so good, and felt like a well balanced dinner. The special trick with these salmon burgers is frying them in coconut oil. That makes them irresistible. Here's the recipe:

1 ½ cups cooked salmon, chunky

1/3 cup crisp bread crumbs

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard               

4 tablespoons mayo

¾  egg, beaten

¼ cup parsley, chopped finely

¼ cup green onions, chopped

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ tsp salt

½ teaspoon worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon fresh rosemary

pinch ground, dried sage

¼ cup rolled oats

5-6 Tbsp coconut oil

Add all the ingredients to a bowl, except the olive oil, and the salmon. Using your hands, mix this mush well. Now add the salmon chunks, and mix until they're evenly incorporated. Then shape burger patties. Add coconut oil to a pan (0,5 cm or 1,5 inches high), and set the heat to medium. Once the oil is hot, put the burger patties in. Fry them for about 4 minutes on each side. Don't overcook them, or they'll get dry. However undercooking them is also not advised due to the raw eggs. 

Love, Peppa.