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Sesame Salmon Croquettes

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas


Hands-on time 45 mins
Total time 1 hr, 45 mins
Yield Makes about 3 1/2 dozen
Fragrant fresh ginger gives these easy two-bite nibbles a bright punch of flavor. Can't find fresh ginger? Substitute with 1/2 tsp. ground ginger. 


  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 (1-lb.) salmon fillet
  • 2 1/2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons loosely packed lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 (1.62-oz.) jar toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • Ginger Rémoulade

How to Make It

  1. Cut lemon in half. Squeeze juice from lemon into a 3-qt. saucepan. Add lemon halves, 2 Tbsp. salt, and 6 cups water, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add salmon fillet (cut into 2 pieces, if necessary); cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 4 minutes. (Center of salmon will be raw.) Carefully transfer salmon to a large bowl, and cool completely (about 10 minutes). Remove and discard skin, and flake salmon.

  2. Preheat oven to 425°. Stir 1/2 cup panko and next 11 ingredients into flaked salmon.

  3. Stir together melted butter and remaining 2 cups panko. Spoon 1 tsp. panko mixture into each cup of a lightly greased 24-cup miniature muffin pan. Add 1 Tbsp. salmon mixture to each muffin cup. Top each with 1 tsp. panko mixture.

  4. Bake, in batches, at 425° for 10 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Serve warm with Ginger Rémoulade.

Cook's Notes

We tested with McCormick Gourmet Collection Toasted Sesame Seed.

Total time does not include Ginger Rémoulade.

Make Ahead: Prepare recipe as directed. Cool completely, and freeze in zip-top plastic bags. Bake at 350° for 10 to 15 minutes or until warm.