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Turn left-over cooked salmon into elegant crispy salmon cakes with lemon zest, capers and light tartar sauce made with Greek yogurt. They’re ready in less than a half hour!Lemon Caper Salmon Cakes with Light Tartar Sauce | Healthy Seasonal Recipes #fish #seafood #salmon

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Now that we’re into the second month of the year, I am really hitting my stride planning ahead with protein for the week. As you know, I have been working on getting more protein into my diet at every meal– not just at dinner time.Lemon Caper Salmon Cakes with Light Tartar Sauce | Healthy Seasonal Recipes #fish #seafood #salmon

I’ve gotten in the habit of buying a little more than I need for dinner, so I can end up with left-overs for my lunch or to pack for Jase. This keeps him away from take-out (and those over-sized cookies or bags of chips) and he’s already down 10 pounds!

Lemon Caper Salmon Cakes with Light Tartar Sauce | Healthy Seasonal Recipes #fish #seafood #salmon

I have over-done it a couple times, and ended up with more left-overs than I really wanted. But it is a work in progress.

Lemon Caper Salmon Cakes with Light Tartar Sauce | Healthy Seasonal Recipes #fish #seafood #salmon

Speaking of left-overs. These salmon cakes are made with left-overs. Left-over salmon that is. Salmon is a family favorite source of protein around here, and it’s also an easy way to get essential Omega 3 fatty acids in our diet. Plus these cakes also have Greek yogurt in them, which is another convenient source of protein and a refrigerator staple in our family. We enjoy Greek yogurt for snacks, breakfasts, in smoothies and I love to use as an ingredient to make recipes seem creamy and comforting.Lemon Caper Salmon Cakes with Light Tartar Sauce | Healthy Seasonal Recipes #fish #seafood #salmon

I’m not sure that these salmon cakes qualify as part of the comfort-food make-over series I have been doing lately. Not because they aren’t a healthier make-over but because I am not sure salmon cakes really are considered comfort-food. What do you think? Leave me a comment below.

Lemon Caper Salmon Cakes with Light Tartar Sauce | Healthy Seasonal Recipes #fish #seafood #salmon

Either way- they are healthier- thanks to a few swaps I’ve made- and trust me, nobody will know the difference, taste-wise. But as far as the nutrients go- these are way better.

Lemon Caper Salmon Cakes with Light Tartar Sauce | Healthy Seasonal Recipes #fish #seafood #salmon

How to Make Healthier Salmon Cakes

  1. Swap in Greek Yogurt instead of Mayo: Usually salmon cakes are made with mayonnaise mixed with salmon and dried bread crumbs. I used Greek Yogurt instead of mayonnaise- for a fraction of the calories. This swap alone saved 258 calories (64 cal per serving.) Plus using Greek yogurt in the cakes (and tartar sauce) gives me an extra 4 grams of protein per serving.
  2. Use Fresh Breadcrumbs: Standard salmon cakes call for dry breadcrumbs. This only causes the cakes to dry out- thus requiring more mayonnaise. Instead I used 2 slices of fresh sourdough bread that I processed in my food processor to make fresh bread crumbs. They add body to the cakes- so they hold together well- and the taste of the sourdough is very nice with the salmon.
  3. Add low-cal Flavor: I added lemon zest, capers, shallot and celery seed to the salmon mixture to boost the flavor- all for very little additional calories.
  4. Bake instead of Frying: To cook the salmon cakes, I formed the salmon mixture into patties, then I cooked them in a non-stick skillet over medium heat in only 1 tablespoon oil. As you can see in the photos, they still get a great browned exterior- without a lot of frying oil. Just cook the cakes 4 at a time, and then allow them to finish cooking through, all together on a sheet pan in a hot oven.
  5. Lighten Up Tartar with Greek Yogurt: Another big calorie saving comes in the tartar sauce. I swapped 1/3 cup mayo for the Greek yogurt and I added in extra flavor from whole-grain mustard and fresh dill in addition to the requisite relish. It’s tangy and the perfect foil for the richness of the cakes.

Lemon Caper Salmon Cakes with Light Tartar Sauce | Healthy Seasonal Recipes #fish #seafood #salmon

Questions:

Do you intentionally make left-overs for lunches?

Would you consider Salmon Cakes a comfort food?

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Lemon Caper Salmon Cakes with Light Tartar Sauce

lemon caper salmon cakes

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: main course
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Turn left-over cooked salmon into elegant crispy salmon cakes with lemon zest, capers and light tartar sauce made with Greek yogurt. They’re ready in less than a half hour!


Ingredients

  • 1 egg white
  • 2/3 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt, divided
  • Zest from 1 lemon plus 2 teaspoons lemon juice, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt, dived
  • Generous pinch celery seed
  • 2 slices sourdough bread, crusts removed (3.5 ounces)
  • 1 pound cooked* boneless, skinless salmon, preferably sustainably sourced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped capers
  • 3 teaspoons organic canola oil or avocado oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons chopped dill
  • 2 teaspoons relish
  • 1 teaspoon whole grain or Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk egg white, 1/3 cup Greek yogurt, zest, ¼ teaspoon salt and celery seed in a large bowl.
  3. Process bread in food processor until it forms coarse crumbs.
  4. Flake the salmon into small pieces.
  5. Add the breadcrumbs, the salmon, shallot and capers to the Greek yogurt mixture and stir thoroughly to work the salmon into the binders and it becomes a consistent texture that can be formed into cakes.
  6. Form the salmon mixture into 8 even cakes. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook four salmon cakes until browned on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip over and brown on the second side, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the salmon patties to the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Add the remaining teaspoon oil. Reduce heat to medium. Cook the remaining 4 patties until browned on both sides, 1 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer the patties to the baking sheet.
  8. Bake the salmon cakes until cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 1/3 cup Greek yogurt, lemon juice, the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, mayonnaise, dill, relish, mustard and pepper in a small bowl.
  10. Serve the salmon cakes with the light tartar.

Notes

Tip* To Cook the salmon, bake on an aluminum foil-lined sheet pan at 450 degreed F convection until cooked through, 12 to 14 minutes, depending on thickness of the salmon filet.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 cakes 2 tablespoons sauce
  • Calories: 276
  • Carbohydrates: 25
  • Fiber: 3
  • Protein: 27

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