This Quinoa Salmon Cakes with Citrus Salsa is a great recipe to not only use up your extra ingredients, but it is a healthy and mouth-watering meal for any day of the week! These patties can be made in only 30 minutes and are so good you will be asking for seconds. Because this recipe is so healthy, you can eat two - guilt free!
I love this recipe because it might make a little more than you want, but you can freeze the extra fish cakes. That way you just need to bake them right from the freezer for delicious salmon cakes any night of the week.
¼ cup cooked quinoa
3 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons minced onion or shallot
2 – 3 ounce salmon fillets or 1 – 6 ounce can of flaked salmon
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
¼ cup chopped grapefruit with juices
¼ avocado, chopped
2/3 cup mixed spring greens
salt and pepper
If using fresh salmon, preheat the broiler to high. Broil salmon with a little olive oil and salt until cooked, about 7 minutes. Cool and finely flake the salmon with a fork, set aside. If using a can of flake tuna simply drain.
In a mixing bowl, combine the quinoa, cheese, egg, salmon and ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs. Mix with a fork to just combine. The mixture should be moist and stick together when squeezed.
Using slightly wet hands, divide the mixture into 4 even. Shape into patties and coat lightly in remaining panko breadcrumbs, and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate or freeze patties for 15 minutes.
Heat extra virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the patties and sear for 5 minutes per side until browned. Flip and continue to sear until golden brown and heated through, 5 minutes more.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl toss together grapefruit and avocado; sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
Serve 2 salmon quinoa cakes on a bed of spring greens with grapefruit salsa.
Note: To freeze cakes. Assemble the cakes; freeze for 15 minutes until firm. Wrap in tin foil and freeze for up to 2 months. To cook, preheat the oven to 350F and bake for 35 minutes or until golden and heated through.
Amanda Garbutt is the host of The Hot Plate, a free online cooking show dedicated to inspiring culinary confidence in new cooks. The Hot Plate also offers regular cooking tips and advice, how-tos, and information on seasonal ingredients.
by Amanda Garbutt