Monday, April 14, 2014

Final Week of the Lenten Meal Plan Linkup: Easy Salmon Burgers with Wasabi Mayo

Well, we did it. This is the last week of Lent. Come Sunday, we can eat meat every single day for the rest of the year.

(Just kidding. It's a good idea to eat less meat, you know.)

The final edition of our meatless meal linkup at Beth Anne's Best and Two O's Plus More is waiting to help you figure out what to eat for your last Lenten meal of the year on Good Friday. Be sure to check the Meatless Meals Pinterest board, too, for the master collection of all the ideas that have been shared this season.

My recipe today is a simple one. It's adapted from my mom's crabcake recipe and uses pretty standard pantry ingredients (with the possible exception of wasabi paste). If you don't do a lot of Asian cooking, you might not have this on hand, but it is pretty readily found in the Asian food section of most grocery stores. (If we have it in my corner of rural Virginia, I bet you can find it, too.)

This recipe serves 4 adults (but works for my family of 2 adults and 3 small kids).

What you'll need:

For the salmon patties-
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can of salmon, drained, bones and skin discarded
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • 1 tsp minced ginger (can use fresh grated ginger if you can't find the minced kind)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • oil for frying (I like sesame oil for this.)
For the wasabi mayonnaise-
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp wasabi paste...more if you like it spicy!

What you'll do:

  • Whisk the egg lightly in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Add salmon, bread crumbs, 1 Tbsp mayonnaise, soy sauce, minced garlic, minced ginger and green onions. Stir together until combined.
  • Form into patties. (You can dust the outsides of the patties with additional bread crumbs, if you'd like.)
  • Brush a large skillet with cooking oil to coat. Fry patties until one side is golden brown, about 5 minutes. Carefully flip with spatula and fry on the other side until done, about 4-5 more minutes.
  • Add 2 Tbsp wasabi paste to 1/2 cup mayonnaise in a small bowl, using a fork to combine. Add more wasabi as needed to strengthen the flavor.
We serve our salmon burgers on whole-wheat buns with the wasabi mayo as a spread and other toppings (like spinach or grated carrots) as desired. Our kids like them with ketchup instead of the wasabi mayo. You can also serve without the buns and use the mayo as a dipping sauce on the side. They're also really, really good with sweet potato fries.

Enjoy- and thanks for sharing your meatless recipes with us this Lent as part of our linkup.