Hawaiian Salmon Cakes with Pineapple Salsa

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Author Notes: These salmon cakes are one of my go-to summer weeknight meals—they are quick, full of tropical flavor and don’t require much time on the stove. Serve with a lightly dressed salad for a simple supper.

One of my secret ingredients to enhance fruit salsa is a drizzle of good, fruity extra virgin olive oil—try an Ascolano extra virgin olive oil from California or a mild Spanish oil (my favorite is Castillo de Canena [Picual]).

Sometimes I serve these cakes with both the pineapple salsa and a creamy spicy mayonnaise sauce. My quick spicy mayo recipe: ¼ cup mayonnaise, 1 - 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1- 2 teaspoons sambal oelek (depending on what heat level you want) and ¼ teaspoon toasted sesame seed oil—just whisk together until smooth and voilà!
Asha Loupy

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Makes 8 salmon cakes

For the salmon cakes

  • 12 ounces fresh boneless, skinless salmon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 - 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame seed oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sambal oelek, plus more to taste (if you like it spicy)
  • zest of one lime
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1/2 cup scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, or canola oil

For the pineapple salsa

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon fruity extra virgin olive oil
  1. For the salmon cakes, freeze the salmon pieces for about 10 minutes. Add half of the chilled salmon to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped, about 8 - 10 pulses. Transfer the chopped salmon to a large bowl and repeat with the remaining half of the salmon (I like my salmon cakes to be a little chunky, so sometimes I only pulse the second half for 5 or 6 pulses). Transfer the remaining half of the chopped salmon to bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together 4 tablespoons of the mayonnaise, soy sauce, sesame oil, sambal oelek, lime zest, garlic and ginger. Add the mayonnaise mixture, green onions and ½ cup of panko breadcrumbs to the chopped salmon and gently mix to combine. If the mixture is too dry, add the remaining mayonnaise one tablespoon at a time. Set aside.
  3. In a shallow bowl or plate, stir together the remaining ½ cup of panko breadcrumbs, salt and black sesame seeds.
  4. Divide the reserved salmon mixture in 8 balls and form into individual cakes, about 3 inches wide . Gently press each cake into the panko-sesame seed mixture, lightly coating all sides. Place the breaded salmon cakes on a clean plate.
  5. In a large skillet, heat the coconut or canola oil over medium heat. Add the breaded salmon cakes and cook until the salmon is cooked through and the outside is golden brown and crispy, about 3 - 4 minutes per side. Transfer cooked salmon cakes to a paper towel-lined plate.
  6. For the salsa, mix all the ingredients together in a medium bowl. Season with salt to taste.
  7. To serve, arrange the salmon cakes on a platter, or individual plates, and serve alongside the pineapple salsa. Enjoy!

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