I love salmon - it's so versatile, good for your health, and here in Sweden we are lucky to get it relatively cheap. Tonight we decided to turn salmon into burgers with a bit of Asian flavour. However, we found that our bread had gone too old so we served the salmon patties without bread but with oven-roasted potatoes instead. On the side we also had some green salad, a slice of grilled fresh pineapple and a sweet chili dressing (sweet chili sauce mixed with crème fraiche and some salt and pepper). You could easily turn these into burgers with those elements (bread, salmon patty, salad, pineapple, dressing) but it was really good this way too. The salmon, the sweet and spicy dressing, and the juicy pineapple works very well together. Sorry about the bad photo, I was hungry...!
Asian-flavoured salmon burgers
Serves 2 + 1 lunchbox
500 g salmon
½ dried red chili fruit (substitute ground chili powder if you want to)
3 stalks spring onions (scallions)
3 tbsp bread crumbs (very fine)
Butter to fry in
Cut the salmon into smaller pieces and place them in a food processor. Cut the chili fruit very finely. Chop the spring onions (scallions) and place them and the chili in the food processor. Using the pulse button, grind the salmon coarsly. You don't want it too mushy so be careful! Add the egg, the bread crumbs and some salt. Using a spoon, mix everything around. If the mixture is way too loose, you can add some more bread crumbs. Place it in the fridge to firm up while heating some butter in a large frying pan. To fry, take a big spoonful of salmon mixture and place in the skillet. Use a spatula to flatten it out and shape it into a roundish shape. You want it to be about ½ cm thick. Fry for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until the salmon is cooked through.
Grilled French bread if you want to make burgers (please don't use hamburger buns!)
Sweet chili dressing
A slice of grilled fresh pineapple