One of the wonderful things about cooking is the ability to take a food and transform it simply by adding a few ingredients and changing the way you cook it.
Take salmon, for example. It’s not my husband’s favorite food when I serve it seasoned simply with salt and pepper and baked. But if I make it into these salmon cakes, it’s a totally different matter. In fact, the other day he said, “I don’t really like salmon. Except for those salmon cakes you make!” In other words, they’re stuff-in-your-face delicious.
If you’re a salmon lover, these yummy cakes are a fabulous way to change up your meal rotation. If you’re on the fence about salmon, they just might make a convert out of you.
Okay, let’s make them!
I suggest that you start by making the mango salsa. That way it has time to sit so the flavors can meld.
Here’s what you’ll need: mangoes, an avocado, cilantro, red bell pepper (you only need half), garlic, salt, lime, green onions, and a jalapeno pepper.
Mix the mango with the chopped veggies, squeeze in the lime juice, and season to taste with salt. Keep chilled until ready to serve.
Next come the salmon cakes! You’ll need: 1 pound of fresh salmon, Worcestershire sauce, green onions, parsley, the other half of the red bell pepper, eggs, mayonnaise, panko breadcrumbs, and salt and pepper.
Start by baking the salmon in a hot oven. I suggest that you err on the side of under-cooking it slightly since it will get cooked more when the patties are fried. About 130ºF on an instant-read thermometer seems to work well for me.
Flip the fillet over and scrape off the skin. My kids fight over who gets to eat the skin. Weirdos.
Crumble up the salmon in a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Get your hands in there and mix everything together very well.
Form into patties that are about 2 1/2 inches across.
Put some oil in a pan and fry the patties for about 3–4 minutes per side.
Serve with steaming rice and the mango salsa. I always put butter on my rice, and I highly recommend it here. You could even put a dollop of mayonnaise off to the side to dip the cakes in if you like!
Is there a food that you or a family member can’t stand when it’s prepared a certain way, but adore when it’s cooked differently?