Recipe: Salmon Quinoa Fish Cakes

IMG_1210Lunch and dinner prep can sometimes become boring and difficult to prepare. Especially when you what to cook a variety of meals to keep things interesting. The recent rise in popularity and awareness for a healthier lifestyle has also made food prep more of a challenge.

This recipe is both simple to make and tasty, while using healthier ingredients to fit our new lifestyles!

Please give it a try and let me know how you liked it!

Makes ~ 10 small fish cakes

Prep Time15 mins                Cooking Time: 20 Minutes

Cooking : Pan fry 10mins / medium heat

Ingredients :

  • 170g  Smoked Salmon (canned and flaked) ~ 3 cans
  • 1 & 1/2 Cup Cooked Quinoa
  • 500 ml Chicken Stock
  • 1 egg
  • 1 large / 2 small Shallots, chopped
  • 12g dill fronds (fresh)
  • 3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise (1/2 fat kewpie used)
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 Tablespoons cajun seasoning
  • 1/4 Cup Panko bread crumbs
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


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  1. Cook ~ 1 Cup dried quinoa with 500 ml chicken stock, in a pot or rice cooker.  Leave to cool after cooking.
  2. Whisk Mayonnaise, Mustard, Lemon Juice, Lemon Zest, dried Parsley, cajun seasoning and salt and pepper in a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, flake and separate the salmon and add egg, 1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, dill and Panko breadcrumbs. Add the sauce mixture of (2) and mix until well incorporated.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Form 5cm balls (of above mixture) and lightly press into flat disks ~ 1cm thick. Lay them on the lined baking sheet.
  5. Freeze the salmon caked for about 5-10minutes to allow them to firm up, making it easier when pan frying.
  6. Pan sear the salmon cakes, 3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  7. Enjoy either alone, with salad or paired with pickled red onions (recipe to come)!


Author: foodiejem

Yum Critic that currently resides in Hong Kong. Frequent traveller and foodie that also enjoys sampling dishes from the far reaches of the world!

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