fried salmon with tartar sauce
Crispy salmon bites with homemade tartar sauce #SundaySupper
Crispy on the outside, tender salmon on the inside. Delicious salmon bites with homemade tartar sauce are a great shared plate.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Author: Michelle Barsness
  • 1 - 1 1/2 lbs salmon skinned, cut into 1 - 1 1/2 inch pieces, bones removed
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt and dash white pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges for garnish
Tartar sauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 pinch white pepper
  • 1 pinch cayenne optional
  • 1 cup light vegetable oil
  • 1 - 2 tbsp shallots minced
  • 2 tbsp dill pickle minced
  • 1 tbsp parsley or dill minced, optional
Tartar sauce
  1. Add the egg, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, salt, pepper and cayenne (optional) to the food processor and blend for just a minute to incorporate the ingredients.
  2. Continue to blend and begin adding the oil in a slow, thin, steady stream until it is completely used up. You've just made homemade mayonnaise!
  3. Transfer the mayonnaise to a bowl. Add the shallots, pickles and parsley or dill (optional). Taste and adjust the seasoning to your preferences. You can add a touch more lemon juice or pickle juice to add additional tang.
Salmon bites
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 F.
  2. Cut the salmon into 1 - 1 1/2 inch pieces. Mix together the flour, salt, white pepper and garlic powder. Set up your station so that you have 1st a flour mixture plate, 2nd eggs in a bowl, 3rd breadcrumbs on a plate, 4th a clean plate for breaded salmon.
  3. A little at a time, 1st roll the salmon pieces in the flour mixture, lightly shake any excess off. 2nd, dip the salmon into the eggs. 3rd, roll the salmon in the breadcrumbs. End on the clean plate. Repeat until all the salmon pieces are breaded.
  4. In a large skillet, on the stove top, heat the vegetable oil to just below smoke point. Fry the salmon morsels until golden brown. Turn once. This only takes about 2 - 2 1/2 minutes per side. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, transfer the salmon to a baking tray and place in the oven. Repeat in batches until all the salmon is fried.
  5. Serve on a platter with homemade tartar sauce and garnish with lemon wedges.
Recipe Notes

*If you're gluten-free, substitute regular bread crumbs with gluten-free bread crumbs. Make your own in a food-processor using a bread like Udi's or Essential Baking Company. Also, use corn starch instead of all-purpose flour. You won't need as much cornstarch so reduce the quantity by half.

Equipment: You'll need a food processor to make the tartar sauce. Use the S blade.

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