Wasabi Salmon Patties

Wasabi Salmon Patty

Recipe: Wasabi Salmon Patties

Bring out the flavors of salmon with a Japanese-inspired infusion of ginger, sesame oil and wasabi servered atop a salad of greens, carrots and radishes.


  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons wasabi powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1 pound salmon fillet, skinned
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • sour cream, if desired


  • 6 cups mixed salad green and/or field greens
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • 5 radishes, julienned

Salad Dressing

  • 1 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (or white wine vinegar)


  1. Whisk soy sauce, wasabi powder and honey in a small bowl until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Combine the ingredients for the salad dressing. Set aside.
  3. With a large chef’s knife, chop salmon using quick, even, straight-up-and-down motions (do not rock the knife through the fish or it will turn mushy). Continue chopping, rotating the knife, until you have a mass of roughly 1/4-inch pieces. Transfer to a large bowl. Add scallions (reserving a couple pinches for later), egg, ginger and oil; stir to combine. The mixture will be moist and loose, but holds together nicely once the first side is cooked.
  4. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat for 1 minute. Divide the salmon mixture into 4 portions and scoop each portion onto the skillet, forming patties. Cook for 4 minutes. Turn and continue to cook until firm and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Spoon the reserved wasabi glaze evenly over the burgers and cook for 15 seconds more. Serve immediately.
  5. Place lettuce, radishes and carrots on plate.  Spoon salad dressing over top.  Server salmon atop salad with a dollop of sour cream (if using) and reserved scallions.


These may also be severed as burgers. Serve them on soft whole wheat buns topped with a little light mayonnaise and thin cucumber slices.

Cooking time (duration): 30 min

Number of servings (yield): 4

Inspired By:
Wasabi Salmon Burgers