Monday, March 29, 2010

Tuesday: Sensational Salmon Cakes w/ Mayo-Lemon Dip

Man do I LOOOVE these salmon cakes! Not only are they flavorful but they are super easy to make. Make this Rachael Ray inspired dish on a day that you have a TON of errands to run, or if you just don't feel like making anything elaborate. Plus, it's super easy to prepare the salmon mixture ahead of time if you know it's going to be a jam packed day. My kids gave these an A+ and it makes me feel good knowing they are getting the necessary Omega rich oils in their diets. Add a tossed green salad and a side of rice pilaf to make a meal.


2 5oz cans of wild caught salmon, drained (see why below)
1 cup of breadcrumbs (see a $ saver tip below
2 large eggs, beaten

1-2 cloves of garlic

1/4 red bell pepper, finely chopped (optional)

1 TB fresh dill or 1 tsp of dried dill

2 TB of vegetable or canola oil

1. Mix salmon and breadcrumbs together gently in a medium sized bowl. Add eggs, garlic, bell pepper if using, and dill.
2. Add oil in a medium sized skillet over medium-high heat. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, add patties carefully to skillet and flatten with the back of the measuring cup (see picture below). Drain on a paper-towel lined plate.

Mayo-Lemon Dip

1/4 cup of low-fat mayonnaise you have on-hand
Juice of 1/2 lemon

5 fresh chives or 2 green onions (green parts only), chopped
salt and pepper as needed

1. In a small bowl stir all ingredients together. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with salmon cake.


Who likes to change it up?

~Instead of dill try Italian seasoning or chopped fresh thyme.
~Add chopped fresh parsley or cilantro.

~You can trade in corn for bell pepper if you want.


Make your own breadcrumbs

It is so much healthier and cheaper to make your own breadcrumbs. Just take a couple slices of whatever bread you have on hand (I usually use the two end pieces of whole wheat bread), put it in the food processor and...Voila! Breadcrumbs! You can add a couple shakes of italian seasoning to give it a boost of flavor. See, wasn't that easy? :)


Wild vs Farmed Salmon?

I would highly recommend you purchase wild caught salmon instead of farmed raised. Let's do a comparison between the two. Nutritionally, wild has much higher ratio's of Omega-3 to Omega-6 Fatty Acids than farmed raised. There is a high content of PCB, a toxic chemical that was found 8 times higher in farmed raised than wild salmon. Farmed salmon are also given tons of antibiotics to ward off any disease or illness the fish might get since they swim in such tight spaces.

Can't afford wild salmon? Try buying it canned. MUCH cheaper and it's just as good. Can't find it at the store? Buy it online here!

Crown Prince Natural Alaskan Pink Salmon; No Salt Added; 7.5-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12) 

Want to find out more information about farmed vs wild? Check this website out: 

1 comment:

Renee Maranzino said...

This looks good, too!


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