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Recipe: Not Genetically Modified Salmon Patties

September 27, 2010
Pesto Salmon Patties

Pesto Salmon Patties

As if we don’t have enough to be concerned about when it comes to the food we consume, let’s add another.  Genetically Modified Salmon (also known as GM Salmon).

GM Salmon is “gene spliced”.  According the BBC NewsAqua Bounty’s salmon has been modified with growth gene from a Chinook salmon and an antifreeze gene from an eel, the ocean pout.

You might instead call it “Frankenfish“.

GM Salmon is likely coming our way – to the consumer.  It will be first genetically modified animal designed, in a lab, for human consumption.  If you want to avoid it, it could be tricky.  So far it doesn’t sound likely that GM Salmon, patented by the company AquaBounty, will be required a label identifying itself as genetically modified.  Stay tuned for that decision.  Another way to avoid it? Look for “Wild Caught” on a label if you want to avoid farmed salmon or GM salmon.

Want to learn more? Check out this very informative Minnesota Public Radio podcast:  “A scientifically improved salmon stokes debate”

Be on the lookout for GM Salmon. You may want to consider a “just keep swimming” attitude as you whistle past the “scientifically improved” stuff. Go for the wild caught instead.

Pesto Salmon Patties

Recipe by Striving Bean


  • 12 oz. canned salmon (2 small cans or approx. 1 large)
  • 1/2 cup (0.5 cup) bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup (0.25 cup) pesto (can use more pesto, to taste)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 – 4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  1. Mix all ingredients together, except oil
  2. Form into patty shapes, place on wax paper lined sheet/plate
  3. Chill in refrigerator for 20 minutes (this helps to prevent patties from crumbling when frying)
  4. Heat olive oil on medium-high heat (do not allow to burn)
  5. Place patties in pan, fry until brown on each side.
Homemade Pesto

Homemade Pesto

Preparing the Patties

Preparing the Patties

Dinner is Served

Dinner is Served

Our family weighs in:

  • Everybody loved this easy dinner, although my husband commented they were a “little dry” for him.  Perhaps adding mayo or more pesto would do the trick?

What are your thoughts on GM Salmon?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mary permalink
    September 28, 2010 7:31 am

    Or, you could add some pesto to the mayo and use that for dipping. This recipe sounds great Micaela!

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