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I know what I want for Christmas – either some good photography lights or a new flash. This no daylight thing is really getting to me. Most days, I make sure to save some dinner for the next day and take pictures when the sun is out. But with things like fish – they just just don’t photograph well as leftovers so you have to take pictures in horrible light. Ohh, the trials of a food blogger!!

OK, let me warn you – just because the title of the cookbook that this came from is Fabulous Fat-Free Cooking, it doesn’t mean this recipe is fat free!! Leave it to me to take a healthy recipe and make is a little bit un-healthy!! But really, the few changes I made I think made the dish taste great. And even though salmon isn’t fat-free, it is very good for you! (And it’s what I had in the freezer that day!) For the tartar sauce, you can definitely cut the fat by using fat-free mayonnaise, but I don’t like the way it tastes so I went for the normal stuff. It’s all about preference!

Crispy Salmon with Tartar Sauce
adapted from Fabulous Fat-Free Cooking

Serves 4

Fish
4 salmon fillets
salt and pepper
2 egg whites
1/4 cup grated onion
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 tablespoon minced parsley

Tartar Sauce
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped dill pickles
2 tablespoons chopped onion
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon capers, drained, rinsed and finely chopped

Preheat the oven ot 400F. Rinch the fish and pat dry.

Season the fish lightly with salt and pepper. Place the egg whites in a shallow dish and beat lightly. Place the bread crumbs in a separate dish. Mix the parsley into the breadcrumbs. Dip the fish into the egg white, then into the bread crumb mixture, coating evenly on both sides.

Place the fish on a grill pan or a baking sheet topped with a wire rack. Place in the oven and reduce oven temperature to 375F. Bake for 10 minutes, or until fish flakes in the center.

While the fish is baking, make the tartar sauce. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Serve with the fish.

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26 Responses to Crispy Salmon with Tartar Sauce

  1. Maria says:

    I love the idea of crispy salmon! Sounds so good! And I am with you…Santa better be helping me out this year…my photos are struggling!

  2. Happy cook says:

    I love salmon and this looks so yumm.
    I add few tiny pieces of jerkins to my tartare.
    Yeah I have been also hinting to hubby dear that wez shouls have a new camera, but ya i am sure we won’t have one soon.
    Same here now that it is getting dark soon there is no more light for taking pictures.

  3. kat says:

    I know what you mean about lighting! I asked for an Ego light for Christmas

  4. Mary says:

    It’ll get better. Snow REALLY helps. This morning I woke up an hour earlier than usual and thought I overslept because it was light outside. It turned out that the tiny bit of light going on was reflecting off all the snow. Very unnerving.
    The salmon looks great and I hear you about fat free mayo tasting funny.

  5. sunita says:

    Deb, we simply adore salmon, and your recipe sounds so good :-)

  6. Lisa says:

    Crispy salmon sounds so good. I have the same problem with lighting since it is dark by 5 pm.

  7. Katerina says:

    I can’t believe you save stuff for the next day, you are so dedicated!
    I always hesitate to do anything fancy to salmon since it is so good by itself but this looks really good.

  8. Bellini Valli says:

    This would be a perfect way to have moist and flavourful salmon:D

  9. Rosie says:

    I just adore this dish of crispy salmon and tartar sauce! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe Debs :)

    Rosie x

  10. Patsyk says:

    It looks so crispy! I think even my youngest would eat salmon if I made it using your recipe. Yum!

  11. Caroline says:

    I hear you about the lighting. I’ve been cooking dinner right after lunch so I can get a decent shot.
    That salmon looks good and crispy, a good match with tartar sauce.

  12. The Mediocre Cook says:

    Personally I think your photo has great lighting. The lower light level gives the photo a warmth to it that makes the dish look more comforting than it already is.

  13. We Are Never Full says:

    ohhh, i’m imagining what it would be like if it was actually fried. but it even looks crunchy not fried. MMMM.

  14. Abby says:

    I agree about the full-fat vs. fat-free mayo thing, but I've found that when I'm using the mayo as a cooking oil I can't tell the difference!

    I have these lights on my wishlist … and someday I'll have a new camera with a fancy flash, too! http://www.amazon.com/Lowel-Digital-Imaging-Tabletop-Fluorescent/dp/B0009K50RO/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I2BIOQ0PJFQ52L&colid=3S1DLX7TH6U6N

  15. .caroline armelle. says:

    that looks so good. i love salmon.

    and, i’m just finally getting around to browsing through your blog and it is amazing. your pictures are great too! can’t wait to try a few of the recipes!

  16. Dawn says:

    Ohhh crispy salmon? How good does that sound? Mmmm. Well, I think your photo is great, but I know what you mean about the sunlight playing into when to take your photos. I battle with that a lot now that summer is gone and the cold, dark days of winter are creeping in.

  17. Kristen says:

    I think this photo looks great. I just bought a set of the Ego lights. I’ve only taken one picture with them, but so far so good. I still like natural lighting best, but this time of year it is hard to come by!

  18. ashley says:

    omg i need some photography lighting too… i made some fabulous soup tonight that i’d love to blog about but its 9pm and pitch black out. anyway…. crispy salmon is genius. why have i never thought of breading salmon?! looks fabulous!

  19. Elle says:

    Wonderful way to bake fish and have it crispy, too. Salmon is one of my favorite foods, so this recipe will get some heavy use. Thanks!

  20. Claire says:

    Mmmmmm I love salmon…and ITS fat is good for you!

  21. Deb says:

    LOL, yeah, sometimes you just gotta add a little bit of fat for that yummy taste! I am all for healthy eating, although you wouldn’t think so from my blog!! I bet that salmon would pair nicely with a crisp green salad.

  22. Ning says:

    I think this is a perfectly yummy healthy dish! I have tagged you! Please see my Moist Pumpkin Bread post. I hope you don’t mind :)

  23. Paula says:

    Oooh, homemade tartar sauce! I prefer regular mayo, too. Your crispy salmon looks beautiful on that colorful plate!

  24. Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says:

    Love the Crispy Salmon and I love to cook using Panko as an ingredient – I too want the photo box and light from Santa Hubby this year – I saw one for about 100.00 in the skymall catalog a couple weeks ago.

  25. Grace says:

    the panko makes all the difference–that texture looks amazing and i can practically taste the crunch. :)

  26. Kevin says:

    Crispy coated salmon with tartar sauce sounds really good.

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