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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Thai Style Salmon Fritters with Siracha Sour Cream

 It's football season! Well, I'm not a big fan. I know it's in season because all the guys and Facebook friends are talking about it. Five Star Makeover challenge is in trend. They're hosting a virtual tail gate party! This month's theme is tailgate food. I was actually excited about this even though I'm not a football or any sport fan in particular. The idea of having a party, finger food, beer, and going wild blows me away (tee hee).

I cordially invite you to join our virtual tailgate party this Friday at our host's home - Natasha @ Five Star Foodie and Lazaro @ Lazaro Cooks.

I had been thinking for a while what I should make. I wanted finger food. Asian BBQ chicken wings, grilled pork with sticky rice, Asian meatballs, blah blah blah.... They all pop into my head but it doesn't "click". You know, it's like chemistry when you're on a date. That is until I thought of a Thai fish cake; I can incorporate this into classic fritters. Fried food is always a hit. Anything fried is good, don't you think?!

Red curry paste and kaffir leaves are mysterious ingredients in this recipe. You will get the what-is-that flavor while eating it and continuing to keep eating more! Salmon chuck and green beans are a nice touch, and topping with fried basil is just sexy. I can gaurantee these fritters will be a crowd pleaser at your tailgate party! Whether your team wins or loses; this dish will always be a winner.

Fresh diced coho salmon

Thai Style Salmon Fritters
Yield: 45-50

1 Tbs red curry paste
1/2 Tbs fish sauce
1 cup chopped fresh green bean
1 lb fresh salom. I used Coho salmon, wild caught
2 whole eggs
3/4 cup whole milk or heavy cream
1 1/4 cups AP flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 Tbs minced fresh kaffir leaves
1/4 cup green onion (white part)
1/2 lime, juiced
1 tsp white pepper
Oil for frying
1 cup fresh basil
Salt and Cayenne pepper for dusting 

Red curry paste

  • Beat eggs, milk, lime juice, fish sauce, and red curry paste in a bowl or stand mixer just until everything is incorporated and curry paste is dissolved.
  • Change the speed to stir or low speed and add flour, baking powder, and white pepper. Stir until mixed.
  • Add green beans, green onion, minced kaffir leaves, and salmon to the batter. At low speed, stir to mix. You can use spatula or wooden spoon to mix the ingredients. 
  • Add oil to a sauce pan and heat it up to 375 F. Lay paper towel on a baking sheet.
  • Scoop a spoon full of mixture in a hot oil. Don't overcrowd. Fry them until brown. Use a slotted spoon to scoop up and transfer to prepared tray.
  • Keep doing until the mixture is out.
  • Sprinkle salt and cayenne pepper to fried fritters.
  • Use same oil to fry fresh basil until it's crispy.
The mixture

 Siracha Sour Cream Sauce:
Sour cream
Lime juice
Chopped green onion
Splash of Siracha

Mix everything together to suit your taste buds. For Siracha, if you like spicy, you can add more. If you don't like spicy, you can leave out this.

They are hot tubing

Sprinkle with cayenne pepper and salt

Serve with fried basil and Siracha sour cream

Want a bite?

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angela@spinachtiger said...

You would make a tailgating party lot of fun. It's funny this is the third post that's said "not a football fan." Me either. But, I love your dish.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Looks so crispy and perfect....yummy

Linda Harding said...

Wowzers! Those fritters look seriously delicious! Love your invention...

Nic@diningwithastud said...

Oh my god these look delish! So crispy on the outside but with those flavours they'll pack a punch :) YUM!

Trix said...

Yes anything fried is good! And you have managed to make a fried dish into something really gourmet and elegant ... Fellow non-football fan here, but I would happily come to any party to eat these. : )

Faith said...

So true -- anything fried is good indeed! These fritters sound like they're really flavorful...I bet they're addicting! :)

Anonymous said...

I definitely want a bite please! Awesome, especially with siracha sour cream!

Lori Lynn said...

Those would disappear before kickoff.
Fried basil and sriracha sour cream, perfect complements.
Congrats on a winning contribution to the Tailgate party!

Table Talk said...

This is turning out to be the best tailgate party ever. Worth the splurge on these!

Jessica said...

Sriracha sour cream? This would definitely be the party food that everyone fights over! I love that you made a spicy Thai dish. I would totally enjoy this for snack or dinner!

Angie's Recipes said...

Mouthwatering! And the photos make me salivate!

Vicki Bensinger said...

Wow now these are salmon bites with a kick. They sound very tasty.

Lazaro Cooks said...

Bright, bold flavors. Great idea to make fritters.

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

Yay I was not the only deep frier this month. Your fritters look perfect, a lot like Indian bahjis but with an Asian twist. So good with salmon in there!

Monet said...

I can only imagine how GREAT this must taste. What a wonderful idea. Salmon fritters...who would have thought!?! Thank you for taking the time to share it with me. I'm sipping on tea and about to start on breakfast...I wish I had something like this to start my day with (but in one way, I do!) I hope you have a great week.

Marisa said...

I agree, anything fried sounds great to me! These fritters have such an inventive and incredible combination of flavors. I want to come to your tailgate party for sure!

Roxana GreenGirl said...

i'm not into sports at all but your fritters sound like a great idea for a football kinda night.

lostpastremembered said...

I do love this kind of food... the warm spice and the cool dip are a favorite combination of mine.

I am laughing that so many of our group are not sports fans... might be because so many women in the group or is that sexist??? Or... cooking is a sport, and so enjoyable... no time for anything else!

Priscilla - She's Cookin' said...

You said it - anything fried is good! These look amazing - and with siracha sour cream, I couldn't stop at one!

Jessie said...

This recipe is incredible, Tanantha! I love your use of coho salmon (my favorite kind of salmon!) and fresh kaffir lime leaves. Do you grow the leaves yourself? In any case, your fritters look out of this world! I agree - sometimes, anything fried is good ;) I can just imagine bringing these as bite-sized appetizers to a party ... or, perhaps I should leave them at home ... just for me ... :P

I hope all is well with you and Keith and Bella!

Magic of Spice said...

These are fantastic! I think I would even be willing to sit through a football game if these were on the menu :) Wonderful job!

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

delicious and tempting fritters,luks gr8!

Pachecopatty said...

Hi Tanantha, I love the color of your Thai style salmon fritters- they go very nicely with football and maybe a beer!

Elies_Lie said...

Loves this kind of fritters! Tq for sharing, I'll make it as soon I can find the fish and glad u add a veggie into the fritters which my son will not notice :D
I head over here from angie's blog... nice to meet u ;)

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