People are often surprised that I include canned fish in my pantry staples. While we all probably prefer fresh seafood any day, it doesn’t mean you should not have a canned option or two in your back pocket for a time where you don’t have time to go to the store, or if you have other financial priorities. One of my favorite dishes as a kid was stewed salmon in a spicy red sauce. My mom would serve it over rice with a salad or a cooked green vegetable. In keeping with that tradition, I cooked some of my thriving backyard greens. Check out he recipe below.
2 cans of 14.5 oz sockeye salmon
1 can of stewed tomatoes
1 5-7oz can of tomato sauce (no salt)
1 1/2 cups diced onion
1 tbsp. minced or pressed garlic
1/2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 tsp. coarse black pepper
1 tsp. cayenne
Salt to taste (start with 1 tsp)
- If serving over rice, cook the desired amount of rice on the stove or in a cooker.
- In a medium pot, add olive oil and place over medium heat. Peel and dice onion and add to the pot. Stir.
- Mince or press garlic and add to the pot. Add a splash of water.
- Once onions have softened, open and add salmon, stewed tomatoes and sauce.
- Gently break stewed tomatoes into smaller pieces against the side of the pot with a spoon. Add seasoning and stir.
- Top the pot, lower the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. If eating steamed veggies or a salad, prepare it now.
- Serve over rice and enjoy.
While I enjoy a nice tuna or salmon fillet, I’ve been itching to try the canned and pouched varieties with an inspired twist. Both varieties of fish are great sources of omega 3s and vitamins such as the B complex, selenium and magnesium which means they are great sources of antioxidants which fight oxidative stress in the body and helps defend the body from chronic disease. Fish is recommended to be consumed at least twice a week to get the best benefits from these powerful sources of nutrients and lean proteins. I started with salmon cakes, as an alternative to the traditional crab cakes and served it on a bed of arugula and mixed kale greens and cucumber from my local farmers market. Of course I was proud to add a few tomatoes from my own back yard. J To top things off I used a little lemon juice and black currant balsamic vinegar, though any preferred variety will work with this dish. Check out the recipe below. Please l note that no salt was used because of the wonderful addition of capers and Kalamata olives in the salmon cakes; however if you are not as fond of them as I am and prefer salt, a small pinch will do. Share your thoughts and enjoy!
1 5oz can of boneless skinless pink salmon
2 tsp capers
5 kalamata olives chopped
2 tbsp. green onion chopped
½ tbsp. flour of choice
½ tsp black pepper
1 tsp olive oil
2 cups of salad greens (mixed or preferred choice)
1 cup of sliced cucumber
½ cup tomato
1 tbsp. dressing of choice
1 lemon juiced
- Open and strain liquid from the can. Add to a small bowl.
- Rinse and chop green onion. Chop pitted Kalamata olives. Add both to bowl
- Add capers and pepper to the bowl and the juice of half a lemon. Mix well. Add flour and mix well.
- Add oil to a medium skillet over medium heat.
- While it heats, form two patties and once hot add to oil. Cook for 2 minutes or until it starts to brown then flip and repeat on the other side. Turn off heat. (It may break and if so, the other browned side will help bind the patty back together.)
- Rinse salad greens, cucumber and tomato. Slice cucumber and tomato and add to plates. Add cakes then a drizzle of lemon juice and dressing.