Salmon fish cakes

salmon fish cakes

salmon fish cakes

 

Super quick and tasty salmon fish cakes that can be served as appetizer or main course with mashed potatoes or rice. These fish cakes are crunchy on the outside,juicy and tender on the inside. They taste amazing with a dip into creamy mustard aioli.

 

Ingredients:

1-1.25 pounds fresh salmon skinned and diced

1 egg

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

1-2 crushed garlic cloves

1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used mexican blend from Trader Joes)

1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning (Trader Joes type)

1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill

2 teaspoons squeezed lemon juice

salt and black pepper

panko bread crumbs for coating

oil for frying

Aioli

4 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 tablespoon good dijon mustard (preferably grained)

1 garlic clove crushed

1 teaspoon lemon juice

salt

black pepper

1 teaspoon capers

 

Direction:

In a medium bowl, combine salmon, egg, cheese, lemon juice, lemon pepper, dill, garlic, mayo, salt, and pepper.

Heat a frying pan with some oil on medium heat.

Take some fish mixture with your hands or use ice cream scooper and shape into small disk shape.

Dip both sides in panko crumbs.

Fry on both sides until golden brown.

 

Aioli:

Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl.

Serve fish cakes with aioli

Salmon fish cakes

Ingredients

  • 1-1.25 pounds fresh salmon skinned and diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1-2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used mexican blend from Trader Joes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning (Trader Joes type)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped dill
  • 2 teaspoons squeezed lemon juice
  • salt and black pepper
  • panko bread crumbs for coating
  • oil for frying
  • Aioli
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon good dijon mustard (preferably grained)
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon capers

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine salmon, egg, cheese, lemon juice, lemon pepper, dill, garlic, mayo, salt, and pepper.
  2. Heat a frying pan with some oil on medium heat.
  3. Take some fish mixture with your hands or use ice cream scooper and shape into small disk shape.
  4. Dip both sides in panko crumbs.
  5. Fry on both sides until golden brown.
  6. Aioli:
  7. Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl.
  8. Serve fish cakes with aioli
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Tzatziki Sauce

tzatziki sauce

tzatziki sauce

Tzatziki sauce is a thick and creamy sauce made of thick greek yoghurt,cucumbers, and dill. It’s one of the healthiest sauces out there! Tzatziki sauce is very easy to make with simple ingredients, It’s also very addicting. It goes perfect with any type of meat or veggies. Serves great as a healthy snack with whole wheat pita chips or pita bread.

Ingredients:

1 cup plain greek yoghurt

3 Persian cucumbers or 1/2 english or reguar cucumber shredded

2 garlic cloves crushed

1/2 teaspoon salt (I used Himalayan salt)

2 tablespoons+ 1 teaspoon olive oil

Juice from 1/2 of lemon

1/4 cup fresh dill chopped

1 teaspoon(or more) fresh mint chopped

1 teaspoon fresh parsley chopped (optional)

 

Directions:

Squeeze all liquid from cucumbers. In a small mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients. Can be stored tightly covered for up to 5 days in the fridge.

* If you don’t like strong garlic flavor you can mix all the ingredients besides cucumber and leave it in the fridge overnight.Then just mix in cucumbers.

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Tzatziki Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain greek yoghurt
  • 3 Lebanese cucumbers or 1/2 english cucumber shredded
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (I used Himalayan salt)
  • 2 tablespoons+ 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Juice from 1/2 of lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill chopped
  • 1 teaspoon(or more) fresh mint chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. Squeeze all liquid from cucumbers. In a small mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients. Can be stored tightly covered for up to 5 days in the fridge.
  2. * If you don't like strong garlic flavor you can mix all the ingredients besides cucumber and leave it in the fridge overnight.Then just mix in cucumbers.
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Pickled Tomatoes

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Pickling tomatoes and cucumbers is very well-known in Russia and Ukraine. It’s a great way of preserving tomatoes in a brine and makes it enjoyable during winter months.These pickled tomatoes go well with famous Ukrainian fried potatoes and Uzbek plov. My dearest friend Nellya that lives in Ukraine shared this recipe with me,so the recipe is straight from Ukraine with Ukrainian method of pickling. Sterilizing jars for this recipe is not needed, but you will need a blanket or a thick towel.

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Pickled Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • Per 1 quart jar or 1 liter-
  • Tomatoes
  • 1-2 whole onion round
  • 5-6 carrot rounds
  • 3 bell pepper slices
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • one sprig of parsley
  • one sprig of dill
  • 10 black peppercorns.
  • 1.5 heaping tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • water
  • For 3 liter jars-
  • 1.5 tablespoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons sugar

Instructions

  1. Place onion,carrots,garlic,black peppercorns,dill,parsley,bay leaf on the bottom of the jar.
  2. Place tomatoes in a jar.preferably small, but slice in half or quarters if large.
  3. In a pot or sauce pan bring water to a boil.
  4. Fill jars(with tomatoes)with boiling water and let them sit for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Pour out the water from jars back into the pot and bring it to a boil again.
  6. Add sugar,salt and vinegar to the jar with tomatoes and fill it back with the boiling water that was poured out in to the pot.
  7. Close the lid tightly.Cover a table with blanket or towel, and place the jar upside down. cover it with blanket or a towel.
  8. Keep them covered with a blanket or a towel for 24 hours.
  9. Ready in a week or two.The longer, the better.
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Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon with Lemon and Garlic

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This is one of my all time favorite recipe for plank grilled wild salmon.The fillet is so tender,moist,seasoned and infused with smoky aroma.If you haven’t tried plank grilling salmon,I highly recommend to try it and experience the difference from plain grilled salmon.This recipe is very simple and the taste is amazing.

Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon with Lemon and Garlic

Ingredients

  • 1 (3-4 lbs) whole filet of salmon
  • 1 lemon squeezed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6-8 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
  • salt and black pepper

Instructions

  1. Soak cedar planks in water with a pot or bowl filled with water on top of the planks.Soak at least 2 hours.
  2. In a bowl,whisk oil,lemon juice,garlic,dill,black pepper and salt together.
  3. Place fish on a large tray and pour marinade over the fish.
  4. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  5. Prepare your grill with charcoal fire or gas.
  6. Place the plank on hot grill grate and cover with lid for about 5 minutes.
  7. Turn it over and place salmon fillet on the hot side of the plank.
  8. Cover the grill with lid and cook for about 20-25 minutes depending on the thickness.
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Baby Dutch Potatoes with Onions and Dill

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Baby Dutch Potatoes with Onions and dill

Ingredients

  • Yellow dutch potatoes*
  • 1 large onion chopped or thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 sticks salted butter (about 10-12 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • fresh chopped dill
  • salt
  • *You can substitute for red potatoes,yukon,or russet potatoes(peeled). Make sure to slice the potatoes in half or fourths.

Instructions

  1. Place washed potatoes in a cooking pot.Fill pot with water to cover potatoes.Bring to a boil and season with salt.Reduce heat to low. Cook until the potatoes are tender.
  2. In a skillet or saute pan,Heat oil and butter on medium heat.Add onions and saute until caramelized and golden brown in color.
  3. Turn off the heat and mix in chopped dill.
  4. Drain the potatoes and transfer to a serving dish.
  5. Pour sauteed onions with butter over the potatoes and serve.
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