It's my week to pick a recipe for Craving Ellie in My Belly. I have chosen for the group to make the Salmon Cakes with Creamy Sesame-Ginger Sauce from The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life by Ellie Krieger. I thought this recipe would be a good alternative to your typical crab or tuna cakes, plus I loved that the ingredients had an Asian flair with lots of healthy ingredients that I enjoy.
This salmon cake combines ingredients such as water chestnuts, cilantro, and scallions. It uses eggs and whole wheat bread crumbs as binders, and the cakes are served with a yogurt-based sauce with flavors of sesame oil, ginger, and soy sauce.
A few notes/changes to the original recipe:
- I think that it is important not to chop your water chestnuts too finely or else you will lose that great crisp texture.
- Next time I may cut back on the bread crumbs because I found that the cakes did not hold together to well. I had a hard time flipping the cakes without them falling apart. Alternatively, I might refrigerate the cakes before adding them to the skillet so they will hold together better.
- I added a few tablespoons of chili-garlic sauce to the cakes to impart a bit more flavor and add a bit of heat to the cakes.
- For the sauce I cut way back on the amount of ginger that is in the original recipe. Instead of 1 1/2 tablespoons ginger, I only added 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger and I still found the ginger to be quite prominent. 1 1/2 tablespoons would be way too overpowering. I also doubled the amount of soy sauce called for in the recipe, I wanted the sauce to have a bit more of a salty flavor.
- I served my cakes on a bed of baby spinach, it went really well with the salmon cakes.
Salmon Cakes with Creamy Sesame-Ginger Sauce
Yield: 6 servings (2 cakes plus 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce per serving)
- 6 slices whole-wheat sandwich bread
- 2 (15-ounce) cans salmon, drained, skin and bones removed (I used boneless, skinless cans of salmon)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 5 scallions
- 1/2 cup finely chopped canned water chestnuts
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
- 2 tablespoons Chili-Garlic sauce (optional)
- Creamy Ginger-Sesame Sauce (Recipe follows)
- Remove crusts from the bread, break into pieces, and process in a food processor until you get a fine bread crumb. In a large bowl, flake apart the salmon with a fork. Add the egg and mix well. Finely chop 4 of the scallions and add to the bowl. Add the water chestnuts, cilantro, pepper, and the bread crumbs and mix well. Shape the mixture into 12 patties.
- In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons of olive oil over a medium heat. Add 6 patties and cook for 5 minutes on each side. Transfer the cooked patties to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Add the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil to the pan, and cook the rest of the salmon cakes, 5 minutes on each side.
- Chop the remaining 1 scallion. Serve salmon cakes with the sauce and garnish with scallion.
- 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt, or 6 tablespoons nonfat Greek-style yogurt
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger (I only used 1 teaspoon)
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce (I used 2 teaspoons)
- If using regular yogurt place the yogurt in a strainer lined with a paper towel. Put the strainer over a bowl and place in the refrigerator to drain and thicken for 30 minutes.
- Place drained yogurt or Greek-style yogurt into a small bowl. Add mayonnaise, ginger, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Whisk until smooth.
In addition to hosting CEiMB this week, I am also giving away an extra copy of The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life by Ellie Krieger. I love this book, and I would love to be able to share it with someone else. All you have to do is leave a comment here by Sunday, August 22 by 8pm EST telling me what is your favorite healthy recipe. My apologies, but I can only send the book to residents of the United States and Canada.
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