Kosher Ways to Use Leftover Salmon for Passover: Salmon Cakes and a Salmon Little Gem Salad

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Salmon cakes are a versatile and kosher way to use up leftover cooked salmon, and they’re easy to transport for a school or work lunch. Image source: Flickr CC user Yu+Mi

I didn’t grow up in a Jewish household, but I have family members who are Jewish, so Passover is a familiar holiday and one that I love because it is centered around food. I remember in fifth grade attempting to be kosher for passover out of solidarity. I gave in to a chocolate cupcake on day four.

As that experience showed me, it’s amazing how much leavened bread and non-kosher chametz are a part of our diets, and it doesn’t hit us until we try to plan a week without them. While it is important to observe and understand the traditions of Passover, you don’t have to limit yourself to bitter herbs and matzah for 8 days. I like to economize my meals by counting on leftovers, and salmon is always a good option, especially if you are trying to stay kosher. You can easily make three different, delicious kosher meals from one large portion of salmon by using your leftovers for salmon cakes and salads. Even if you aren’t celebrating Passover, it’s still a great way to use up your salmon leftovers.

Salmon Cakes: The Ultimate Kosher Leftover Meal

I like to put in the effort for one more labor intensive meal, then use the leftovers for quick and easy fixes later on that week. By making a nice salmon dinner with boiled potatoes and carrots I set myself up with leftovers, including the carrots and potatoes, to use for salmon cakes.

These cakes are kosher, as they use matzo meal in place of breadcrumbs. Depending on how many you make, they keep refrigerated for a few days and are easy to transport for a weekday lunch.

Salmon Cakes

  • One pound of cooked salmon
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-5 small boiled potatoes from the night before (I like yukon golds)
  • 1 large carrot boiled or steamed
  • ½ onion small diced
  • Matzo meal as needed
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley

Break salmon apart into a bowl. Mash potatoes and carrots together and add to salmon. Add in onion, eggs, and parsley and enough matzo meal for the mixture to hold together. Season with salt and pepper. Form into four patties.

Heat about a ½ cup of oil in a heavy bottom skillet. Fry cakes on each side until golden brown and heated all the way through (You can fry the cakes just to brown them and then finish heating them through in the oven as well). Drain on paper towels before serving. This makes about four large cakes.

Salmon Salad: Kosher, Healthy, and Easy

I also like to set aside a portion of the cooked Salmon to use as a salad protein. The portion can be flaked apart and tossed with the greens of your choice for a weekday lunch or easy dinner if you’re too tired to get the pots and pans out.

For me, I enjoy little gems or butter lettuce for my heartier salads. I like to pair salmon with fennel seed and herbs such as chives and dill. My secret salad ingredient is shaved shallots in place of the typical red onion since they lend a nice mix between garlic and onion flavor to your greens. You can add in other salad favorites, such as beets or toasted sunflower seeds, if you want to go the extra mile. It’s easy to tailor your salad to your tastes and can be a great way to alleviate the leftover clutter in the fridge.

Salmon and Little Gem Salad

  • 3 heads of little gem lettuce, rinsed and leaves pulled apart
  • One small shallot sliced very thinly (I like to use a mandolin if you have one)
  • ½ bunch of chives, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of dill, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons toasted fennel seed and lemon vinaigrette (recipe below)
  • 4-6 ounces of cooked, flaked salmon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Combine ingredients in a bowl. Add dressing and season when you are ready to eat and toss to combine. Add more dressing as desired. This makes about two entree-sized salads.

Toasted Fennel Seed and Lemon Vinaigrette

  • 1 tablespoon of fennel seeds, toasted and crushed in a mortar and pestle or roughly chopped in a spice grinder.
  • ¼ cup of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of sherry vinegar
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk ingredients together.

Buy Seafood Online to Avoid Passover Stress

While Passover doesn’t require presents, it’s still a holiday that means family guests and dinner parties, which can sometimes feel like battling locusts when it comes on top of your normal weekly routine. And that’s not to mention the ceremonial purging of all the chametz in your pantry (and how does it get in so many other rooms of the house?).

Alleviate some of the Pesach stress this year by planning a few meals ahead of time and ordering your salmon and other seafood online. Daily Fresh Fish provides a convenient way to ensure quality and freshness by delivering the goods directly to your door. You’ll save time and keep kosher with less effort, meaning you can enjoy the Sedar and family time without worrying about meals for the rest of the week.