I've been making salmon cakes for the past three years which has been a great meal option for my weightlifting diet. I love to eat them with loads of Tabasco sauce on the side because I'm such a hothead. But lately I've been wondering if there's any way I could add more flavor to my salmon cakes because without the Tabasco sauce they tend to be quite bland. Even my mother, who's sampled them before, thought they were a little boring. She did attempt to make her own version of salmon cakes complete with green peppers, onions, and paprika but they still seemed to fall flat.
I'm not necessarily looking to add more hot spices (e.g. red pepper flakes, chili peppers) even though I love spicy food, but instead I'm looking to add some more depth in flavor via onions, garlic, mustard, or whatever you guys can think of. I'm still a young cook and I'm lacking in the creativity department so I'm hoping the DC community can help me in that area.
Here's the current recipe that I use:
1 can of salmon
Juice from half a lemon
Salt and pepper
Oh, and one more thing to note. I'm semi-lactose intolerant so if your suggestions could exclude all dairy products like cheese that would be even better. :)