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Shelter-in-Place Salmon Loaf – Food Wishes ctm magazine

I always like to keep a few cans of red salmon in the pantry for those dreaded “there’s nothing in the house to eat” situations, although they generally end up being used to make salmon cakes. This time, however, we’re using this greatly underrated, and underappreciated protein source in loaf form

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  • Platypi007 on April 10, 2020

    My mom made a very similar recipe when u was a kid but shaped it into patties and pan fried it. I hated getting the bones in it though…

  • Caffeinated Nation on April 11, 2020

    Since canned salmon is pretty high in sodium, I'll substitute panko for the saltines and skip the dash of salt.

  • Dave T on April 11, 2020

    Mom used to make this when we were growing up. Her recipe has chopped parsley in the loaf mix for color and she served it with 'egg sauce' – a well-seasoned bechamel with sliced hard boiled eggs folded in. Delicious – and not ugly!

  • Hydden Amanda on April 12, 2020

    I have a super picky eater at home who says she won't eat tuna. Do you have any recipes that would use tuna for a shelter in place meal?

  • Layne Lockridge on April 13, 2020

    I feel like this dish is challenging me to find a way to plate it in an attractive fashion. Maybe cut into cubes, some crispy kale on top, a schmeer of that remoulade, some taro or yam chips on the side, a few other fresh dark greens… Eh, I'll think of something.

  • Wynne T on April 14, 2020

    I made this tonight. It was sooooo good. The only change I made was using turmeric-flavored ghee instead of the butter to cook the onions in.

  • Joe Adams on April 14, 2020

    "I should probably update that reference" – after all, you are the king of confusion, of your dated allusions

  • Arvetis on April 14, 2020

    This is the most disgusting thing I've ever seen chef john make

  • Elizabeth Anderson on April 14, 2020

    My mother used to make something like this, but in a pie shell.

  • Elizabeth Anderson on April 14, 2020

    My mother used to make something like this, but in a pie shell.

  • mtzjotz on April 19, 2020

    Made the salmon loaf today and it was great! I’ve made salmon patties for years and they’re okay but your salmon loaf was much better.

  • Sarah Doan on April 19, 2020

    This looks great! A very delicious way to use canned ingredients, thank you!

  • sheri nash on April 21, 2020

    This video is my favorite so far!

  • Luke AZ on April 24, 2020

    I made this with the Sandefjordsmør sauce you did in another video. Tasted great!

    Thanks Chef John!!

  • starbrow7 on May 8, 2020

    Can I pick out the vertebrae anyway? Because eww.

  • typeviic1 on May 9, 2020

    Pretty much, just salmon patties in a meatloaf pan

  • Harpreet Jandu on May 14, 2020

    I'll try this recipe but instead of a loaf, I'll make fish cakes instead. They'll be crispier and crunchier, right Chef?

  • Dwwolf on June 26, 2020

    Underrated indeed, Lobster and Salmon used to be looked down upon as peasant/poor folks food.

  • Mystery Achiever on July 3, 2020

    “And I should probably stop saying ‘vertibrae’ “

  • Feminist Lover on August 17, 2020

    I’d hate to do Chef Johns dishes

  • pepeboy234 on August 21, 2020

    You must mean; Solitary confinement only thing left to serve

  • Danny Simion on September 3, 2020

    That looks really yummy! I wonder if I can use canned tuna…

  • Arthas Menethil on September 11, 2020

    0:10 more like "remember that time you went to the store and noticed everyone panic buying their weight in canned goods so you panicked and bought anything in a can you could find, along with a years supply of toilet paper?"

  • Harley Quinn on September 14, 2020

    Isn’t fishing for wild caught salmon starving the Orcas in those regions? 😢

  • MrPhil1st on September 25, 2020

    Hey John, why are the tapa-tapa and shaka-shaka "oooooold"?

  • Laura Maskell on November 2, 2020

    Your puns are so corny they are funny.

  • charlie simpson on November 3, 2020

    Jack Mackerel is a cheaper alternative to Salmon and very similar in taste and texture. Also, why would you stop referencing "shave cream"? I have used it for about 60 years. How do the Gen whatevers get the whiskers off their faces? (Or those few who bother to do so; and why do they wear knit ski caps year round? Spend a summer in the South, and that thing will be long gone)

  • Karen Shaw on November 23, 2020

    "Horrific parts"! I laughed out loud!

  • Jason on December 4, 2020

    Talking about sauces, especially seeing that asparagus, I bet a hollandaise would be great on that.

  • Boa on December 9, 2020

    I love the slight crunch of the vertebrae! Good calcium, I assume.

  • Maggie H on December 24, 2020

    I love canned salmon but I do remove most of those bones. While they do indeed "disappear" if you smash them up well, I find it to be a gritty texture in the final product, but that's just me.

  • BFT Neelix on January 12, 2021

    OLD BAY.. OLD BAY.. MUST HAVE OLD BAY.. stop putting cayenne in everything.

  • BlackMasterRoshi on January 16, 2021

    mmmmm…. vertibrae

  • FL910 on January 21, 2021

    I tried this and I wasn't a huge fan of it fresh from the oven. The next day I took my leftovers and got it golden brown in a toaster oven and dipped it in sweet chili sauce. Much much better!

  • T DeJong on January 23, 2021

    The best line ever…blind date, having a great personality….I love it

  • Rita Brunetti on January 24, 2021

    Decays ago my Mom was hospitalized. During her stay, she was served salmon loaf with a fine white sauce. When she came home she found a recipe and served it to us. Never having had salmon before we all loved it. All 11of us. Mom served it with mashed potatoes and veggies. A great meal to enjoy!! Thanks for your recipe and reminding I need to make it soon!!

  • Dorothy Harding on February 4, 2021

    YAY, I JUST GOT CANNED SALMON… SEVERAL CANS!! Now, I have a great recipe to use it. Thanks, Chef John!! ♡ D

  • Lets Gossip on February 21, 2021

    Do not eat salmon skin or spine, or the dark brown/blackish part that runs down the side of the salmon. These areas have the most fat… and no, I'm not afraid of a little fat, if that was all it contained. Salmon are predatory fish, who, because of their diet (and the pollution in the waterways) they consume copious amounts of mercury. Mercury gets washed into our waterways from coal-burning power plants, and… is a product used in the gold mining industry (pay attention CA and Alaska) And… also comes from the fur and fabric dying industries. Little fish eat their microscopic food laced with miroscopic mercury off the bottom; bigger fish eat the smaller ones, etc… and the predatory fish, such as Salmon, tuna, bass, trout, and even shark, end up containing concentrated amounts. Odd thing, they store the mercury in their fat cells, unlike humans where it goes into our nervous system, delaminating the schwan cells that insulate dendrites, causing humans to become 'mad as a hatter'…and other nervous system problems too. So… to sum up… Just don't eat the skin and fat of predatory fish, and you'll be fine. Oh, and do NOT feed the skin etc… to your dog or cat either.

  • N Nj on March 4, 2021

    Didn't know about the egg white…thank you!

  • Habibatoulah Bah on March 8, 2021

    I will try it today thanks for sharing 😊👌

  • madsli on March 14, 2021

    "Salmon inexpensive" laugh-cry in Norwegian.

  • malenotyalc on March 17, 2021

    This stuff is better than meat loaf!

  • michael Ryan on March 26, 2021

    The best sauce for salmon filets, patties, cakes: I make a little white rue add creme fraiche or yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, zest, parsley or cilantro, chili flakes, S&P, and parmesan …don't forget some briny capers! Thanks Chef!!!! Always such a pleasure

  • Brian Levine on April 9, 2021

    Is it me or is cocktail sauce a million times better than tarter sauce?

  • Jasper Burchfield on June 11, 2021

    My food wish is to recreate the Hungry Man Mexican Style dinner because it is no longer available at the grocery store.

  • Daphne Rodriguez on August 27, 2021


  • AdirondackBuzzard on September 5, 2021

    My grandmother was making us salmon loaf when I was a kid back in the 1980's and it was awesome.

  • Central Scrutinizer on December 14, 2021

    ….This is one of those things that won't last in the fridge…..it will be all gone by sundown.

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