I started with sauteed onion, letting it get a little caramelized to add extra flavor. Then I added low-fat mayonnaise, a good moisturizer and not bad tasting, especially if you cut its sweetness with a little vinegar. To bind the cakes I used crushed sesame rice crackers. These little gems are low in calories; 20 of them weigh in at 110 calories. I often reach for them during that late afternoon hour when I'm otherwise ready to eat my hand.
Heat-wise, I went with wasabi, which glorifies fish. At the supermarket, you'll find two main varieties of wasabi: the powdered kind, which is shelf-stable (you just add water) and wasabi in a tube, which must be refrigerated after being opened. Either will work nicely in this recipe. And if you can't find wasabi in your store, add some bottled horseradish instead.
These salmon cakes are topped off with cucumber pickles flavored with rice vinegar and fresh ginger. The pickle liquid also helps to bind the cakes, while the crunch of the cucumber slices provides a pleasing contrast to the cakes' tender texture. These little pickles are so quick and easy to make you're done in 10 minutes I don't know why I don't make them more often.
Wasabi-spiked salmon cakes with pickled cucumber
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced seedless cucumber
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
4 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil, divided
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
Two (6-ounce) cans boneless, skinless salmon
1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
2 to 3 teaspoons prepared wasabi
1 cup crushed sesame flavored thin rice crackers (about 32)
In a small bowl, toss together the cucumber, ginger, vinegar, salt and sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes while you prepare the remaining ingredients.
In a large nonstick skillet over medium, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add onion and cook until golden, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Reserve the skillet.
Add salmon to the onion along with mayonnaise, wasabi, crushed crackers and 1/4 cup of the liquid from the marinated cucumbers. Form the mixture into 6 burgers.
Return the skillet to medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of the remaining oil. Add the salmon burgers to the skillet. Cook until golden, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil, turn the cakes over and cook until golden on the second side, about another 3 minutes.
Transfer to 6 plates and top each salmon cake with a mound of the pickled cucumber.
Servings • 6
Source: Associated Press