Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Salmon Cakes w/ Creamy Sauce

I make this dinner often, since salmon has so many health benefits.  Being on a tight budget, fresh fish is usually too expensive, so I use canned salmon.  They taste delicious, and are actually slightly more nutritious than using fresh fish.  Since you can eat the skin and bones, you get more of the essential fatty acids (omega-3's).

I get very creative with this recipe, and change it often so that my family does not get bored.  I also serve it with  different sides.  Sometimes, we eat them like burgers, using either whole wheat english muffins, or rolls.  Other times I serve it with rice or pasta.  This is versatile, and leaves tons of room to the imagination!

Here is a basic recipe:

One can of salmon ( I like Bumble Bee pink) drained well
1/4 cup of bread crumbs ( I like whole wheat or panko)
one egg
2-3 cloves finely chopped garlic
1/2 onion finely chopped
1/2 Tbls Dijon mustard
1 Tbls lemon juice
1 tsp old bay seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
about 2 Tbls of oil for cooking

2 Tbls reduced fat mayo
1 Tbls Dijon mustard
1 Tbls honey
pepper to taste
1/4 cup of chopped parsley

Heat oil in a large saute pan on med heat.  Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Shape into patties, squeezing out as much moisture as possible with your hands.  I usually get about 5 patties with this recipe.

Place patties in hot pan with about an inch of space between them.  DO NOT TOUCH THEM! Saute for about 4 minutes, flip and let cook an additional 4 minutes.