Salmon and Sole Croquettes

montevideo-2-7-21After cutting off the perfect fillets from our recent fish purchases, I had a few end pieces left over.  Too thin in my opinion to make a lunch meal with but just perfect for croquettes. So the freezer held a piece of sole as well as two pieces of salmon.

I did not want to use a bunch of bread crumbs so I decided to make a baked potato and use that as the filler.

Salmon or Fish Croquettes

  • 1/2 lb of fish

cook the fish in a frying pan on medium heat with a small amount of oil, until almost cooked through. Set aside and let cool. Once cool separate into chunky pieces.

  • 1 large unpeeled potato, washed, stabbed a few times and microwaved until cooked set aside and let cool. Once cool peel and cut into bite sized pieces.
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoon of chopped celery including leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herb, basil or thyme or cilantro would work well
  • 1 large egg, whisked to combine
  • a few slices of chopped red pepper or a dash of red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • dash of pepper

I kept the sole separate from the salmon by using two bowls and putting half of the ingredients in each bowl, but I think it could work combined also.

Combine fish and potato and mix together.  Add the balance of the ingredients. Mix well. Form into patties.

In a large frying pan with a small amount of vegetable oil on medium heat, add your fish patties.  Cook until crispy and turn and do the same on the other side.

I love a horseradish ketchup sauce where as Joe prefers a tartar sauce.

Serve with a big salad. Enjoy – we sure did!

Fish Market at the Buseo Port

montevideo-2-12-28On Saturday we walked down to the Buceo Port as Joe was asking for fish. We got the salmon again, and just like the first time, it was fabulous.

montevideo-2-12-31 montevideo-2-12-30 montevideo-2-12-26All the fish looked good and even things like calamari, octopus and the mussels looked fresh and very appealing. Prices are in Uruguay Peso, convert to US Dollars by dividing the number on the card by .28.  All of these prices are for a kilo which is a little over 2 pounds.

montevideo-2-12-27You can buy a whole fish or you can buy steaks or fillets.

montevideo-2-12-33 montevideo-2-12-32There are two other stores including a store with local trinkets as well as a vegetable and fruit stand that carries spices, herbs, a few live herb plants and has a cooler with drinks.

montevideo-2-12-29A new addition from the other times we were there was a van backed up to the sidewalk and the back door opened. As you can see it had a variety of cheese, wine and salami.

We got our salmon and ran home to have lunch.

Oh BOY! Salmon

A quick walk from our apartment we come to the port in Buceo, Montevideo. At the port there are several fishmongers, a small fruit and vegetable stand, a trinket shop as well as El Italian Restaurant.  Our first visit I saw the most beautiful salmon filet that looked fresh and I HAD TO HAVE IT.

montevideo-1-22-1The small fruit and veggie stand had some very nice green beans so that is what I bought to have with the salmon.

montevideo-1-22-5Most things here are sold by the kilo and that was not a problem with me because I was open for fresh fish for a few days in a row.

montevideo-1-22-8For lunch that day I made it with this outrageous Asian sauce.  It had soy sauce, fresh grated ginger, garlic, a few slices of hot red pepper for a nice punch, honey (sorry I miss Eva Honey, Eva is our neighbor in San Clemente and that is the most flavorful honey I have ever had) a grind of salt and a bit of pepper.  Heat that in a small sauce pan and top your sautéed salmon with it.  YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY

So we had two nice pieces for our next lunch, yes I can eat fish every day of the week.

montevideo-1-23-2I served the same sauce but a bit more ja ja as I love the sauce as much as the fish.  And I served it with a fresh salad and even added peach slices to the salad and made a yogurt dressing with a bit of honey and herbs and spice.

Well the salmon was a huge success and we will have it again very soon. One problem we really need to try more of the local fish as well. So we will see what I pick next.

PS I know this is farm raised in Chile. I know all about the antibiotics but honestly we just had to have it.  We will not be eating it every day so once in awhile I will take the plunge and have salmon….