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Old 05-10-2011, 06:41 PM   #1
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Boring salmon cakes needs a kick in flavor!

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
Bread crumbs
Juice from half a lemon
1 egg
Chopped capers
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. :)


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Old 05-10-2011, 06:47 PM   #2
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I would experiment with curry powder and also maybe horseradish. Also your basic recipe looks great so I would try some sauces. One great one is Tzatziki.

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Old 05-10-2011, 07:03 PM   #3
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Sauteed Onion...Green Onion too?
Old Bay seasoning.....
Crushed Saltines and/or Ritz Crackers in place of bread crumbs....
Black pepper.....
Onion, Celery, Bell Pepper
lemon and/or lime juice
etc. etc. etc.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:32 PM   #4
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you can try some Worstershire sauce, extra fine chopped and sauteed green onions both green and white , a small amount of sauteed garlic, mustard mixed with chopped olives (three kinds) or some type of a cucumber sauce to cover it.Make you salmon cakes and cover with a salsa of strawberries, cherries or mangoes an asian sauce with brown sugar, red chili flakes,fresh ginger, lime juice garlic, green onion wite and green sliced thin. add some pesto. Hope this gives you some ideas
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:01 PM   #5
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soak the bread crumbs in the juice form the salmon. add tablespoon each of parsley dill and chives
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:06 PM   #6
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Add some Dijon mustard, Cajun/Creole seasoning, garlic powder, onion flakes or onion powder, and lime juice.
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:43 PM   #7
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I like that anchovy suggestion, UB. I'm going to try that next time I make salmon patties.
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:45 PM   #8
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Why did I even bother to ask? Thanks for all the great suggestions!
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:14 PM   #9
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To your recipe I would add:

Dash of worchestershire
Dijon Mustard,
A small amount of onion
Possibly a pinch of dried dill, or a similar amount of fresh if available.

Any or all of the above
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:52 PM   #10
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and don't forget leeks - an interest twist to the onion family.

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