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Category: Fish and Shellfish

Fresh Salmon Burgers With Wasabi Sauce and Pickled Ginger

Wasabi, that greenish Japanese horseradish familiar from sushi bars, has many more uses than just accompanying raw fish. It adds a spicy edge to all sorts of foods without the heaviness of bottled horseradish. You can find it in specialty ... Read more

Total time: 30 minutes plus 2 hours chilling | Serves 4
Note: To chop the salmon in a food processor, partially freeze it until almost firm, then cut it into 1-inch squares, and pulse it very briefly in two batches, using great restraint. The leftover sauce is a great spread on sandwiches or dip with crudites. Serve the burgers with coleslaw.

Wasabi sauce

  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon wasabi paste, or more
  • 2 teaspoons honey

Step 1Combine the mayonnaise, wasabi paste and honey in a small bowl. Taste; adjust the wasabi. (This can be made a few days ahead and refrigerated.) Makes a little more than 1/2 cup.


  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion (white and green parts)
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned sliced pickled ginger, drained, plus more for serving
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons wasabi paste
  • 1/8 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 pound fresh salmon (after skin and dark parts have been removed), coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons butter or oil
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Wasabi Sauce, for serving (See related recipe)

Step 1Finely mince together the garlic, onion, pickled ginger, wasabi paste, sesame oil, sugar, oyster sauce, salt and pepper in a mini-processor. Add the egg white. Pulse just until the egg white is mixed in.

Step 2Combine the salmon and the garlic mixture and mix them together with a fork until they're well combined. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions, then shape each into a patty, about 1/3-inch thick. Wrap each separately in plastic. Chill the patties at least 2 hours.

Step 3Just before serving, heat the butter or oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. When hot, cook the patties until they're lightly browned on each side, about 4 to 5 minutes total. They should be slightly pink in the center.

Step 4Meanwhile, lightly spray the cut sides of the buns with the nonstick spray. Place the buns, cut side down, on a hot griddle to toast, about 1 minute.

Step 5To serve, spread about 1/2 tablespoon of the Wasabi Sauce on each toasted bun. Place the patties on 4 halves. Top them with some pickled ginger and close the bun. Serve the burgers immediately, passing extra sauce and ginger.

Each serving:
349 calories; 543 mg sodium; 72 mg cholesterol; 14 grams fat; 34 grams carbohydrates; 21 grams protein; 0.39 gram fiber.
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