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Monday, June 21, 2010

Asian-Inspired Salmon Burgers with Lime-Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

I get excited when Ryan positively comments on something I've made. I get really excited when he comments more than once. No, Ryan is not an evil husband who critiques the food I set before him each not. Quite the contrary. But those who know him understand that he isn't one to express a lot of emotion.  Along with that, it typically takes him a little while to warm up to something, further delaying any positive feedback. Don't get me wrong, these aren't bad things--I need his even temper to compliment my, er, dramatic energy, if you will.

So you understand, then, why I was so pumped to hear Ryan sing the praises of these salmon burgers. The boy devoured four out of the five of them and had nothing but good things to say. YES! Neither of us had ever had a salmon in burger form, but because we love the fish, I decided to concoct these.

Aside from dealing with the canned salmon (a little icky and smelly, not gonna lie), these were easy to put together. You could always use fresh salmon filets too. I loved the asian spin these had, particularly with the kick from the chile oil. Don't pass up the yogurt sauce, that was my favorite part!

Asian-Inspired Salmon Burgers with Lime-Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

-1 can Wild Alaskan Salmon
-1/2 cup oats
-1 egg
-1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
-1/2 lime, zested
-2 tsp hot chile sesame oil
-1/4 tsp ginger
-dash of pepper

For topping:
-sliced red onion
-spring mix
-yogurt lime sauce (recipe below)
-desired bread or buns

1. In a large bowl combine ingredients above (salmon through pepper). Mix well with hands.
2. Form mixture into 4-5 patties. Heat a greased skillet over medium heat. Add patties to skillet. Cook for approximately 10 minutes, flipping after 5.
3. Remove from skillet, place on bun, and add desired toppings.

Lime-Cilantro Yogurt Sauce
from Epicurious 
(original recipe makes 3 cups, I cut in 4)

-1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
-1/4 cup diced peeled & seeded cucumber
-1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
-juice of 1/2 lime

1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor (I just mixed in a small bowl). Season with salt & pepper (I omitted) . Chill until ready to serve.

This post is linked to Eat at Home.