If you adore spicy food, my easy Salmon Wasabi Burgers recipe will hit the spot.
Burgers that Taste Like Wasabi Sushi
The pungent, hot taste of wasabi and ginger, married with rich, unctuous salmon, is a match made in sushi heaven.
Why I Use Wild Caught Salmon
I make these spicy burgers with wild caught salmon and a handful of other healthy ingredients. You may be wondering why I use wild caught salmon rather than farm raised.
Why Farmed Salmon is Bad
Wild-caught salmon has lower contaminant levels of harmful compounds such as antibiotics, heavy metals, and pesticides1 making it a great choice for me.
Animal Protein and the Keto Diet
Since I follow a keto diet rich in animal protein, it’s important for me to assess where my food comes from –I stick with organic beef and poultry, and wild seafood.
Salmon is a fantastic keto food because it’s low in carbohydrates, high in protein, and has a decent amount of fat. Keep reading for detailed macronutrient information for salmon.
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Ounce for ounce, salmon is not a low calorie food, but it’s an incredibly nutrient dense source of calories, and nutrient density is what matters most to me.
Salmon is fabulous super food and a superior source of protein that’s rich in:
- Omega-3 Fats
This easy salmon burger recipe will show you that healthy food can taste as good or even better than junk food.
Spicy Salmon Burgers Recipe
Seasoned with spicy wasabi, along with cilantro, scallion, ginger, and lime, my Salmon Wasabi Burgers recipe is one super palate pleaser.
Salmon Wasabi Burgers
- 1 pound skinless salmon filet
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced
- ¼ cup fresh scallions, finely chopped
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro, minced
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- ½ cup blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
- 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
- ¼ cup wasabi powder
- 1 tablespoon water
- coconut oil for frying
- Rinse salmon, pat dry, and cut into ¼-inch cubes.
- In a large bowl, combine salmon, ginger, scallions, cilantro, eggs, lime juice, almond flour, and salt
- In a small bowl, combine wasabi powder and water to form a paste
- Mix wasabi paste into salmon mixture
- Form batter into 2-inch patties with your hands
- Heat oil in a 9 inch skillet over medium high heat
- Sauté patties in batches until golden brown, 6-8 minutes per side
Is Spicy Food Bad for You?
Wondering if spicy food is bad for you? It is possible that spicy food can worsen heartburn, acid reflux, ulcers, and exacerbate digestive issues in general.
Spicy Food in Pregnancy
If you have any of the above issues with digestion or are serving this dish to small children, you can reduce the wasabi in these spicy salmon patties.
Alternatively, make my quick and easy Sesame Salmon Burger recipe which has less heat.
These may be a better option if you’re pregnant, as spicy food during pregnancy can be dicey –I know it was for me.
If you’re pregnant, you’ll want to know what temperature to cook fish at. To do so, simply use a meat thermometer and reference the handy chart above.
Recipe Salmon Patties
One of the boys’ favorite recipes growing up, Sesame Salmon Burgers, are made with fresh ginger, toasted sesame oil, and sesame seeds.
Rather than using almond flour as a binder, I use high fiber coconut flour in this salmon patties recipe.
Dinner Recipes Healthy Easy
You may have noticed a trend in my burger recipes above –no buns!
I use greens in place of high-carb bread, which is a great start when it comes to creating dinner recipes that are healthy and easy.
Sure, I could make hamburger buns using almond flour or coconut flour but using healthy vegetables as buns suits me, given that I always need more greens in my diet.
Low Carb Bunless Burgers
Lettuce and other greens work well when a low carb edible container is needed for burgers. Here are my favorite types of lettuce that make great swaps for burger buns:
Some folks enjoy chard or kale, but I prefer nice cold, crispy lettuce.
Toppings for Salmon Burgers
Moving right along to fun flavor combinations that will tantalize your taste buds, try topping salmon burgers with my Recipe for Slaw with Jalapenos
Or, to continue the Asian theme, top ’em with my crunchy Asian Recipe for Cabbage Salad made with napa cabbage, sesame oil, creamy roasted almond butter, and ume plum vinegar. Yum!
Low Carb Recipes Quick Dinner
My golden brown salmon croquettes, whether spicy or sesame flavored, make a fabulous quick dinner that’s low carb.
Best Gluten Free Recipes
Good food should taste good, especially when made with fresh, healthy ingredients.
Make this recipe for salmon patties and join the high protein dinner bandwagon! What are some of your favorite flavor ideas?
This recipe for Salmon Wasabi Burgers is an oldie but goodie from the archives. I first shared it in 2014.
Is chipolte in the ethnic section? Is it a powder?
Paige, no chipotle in this recipe –are you referring to wasabi?
Looking at the keto crackers, the recipe calls for blanched almond flour. Why does it have to be blanched?
Paige, the recipe does not work with almond flour that is unblanched as it is a totally different product. Sort of like using whole wheat flour for a white wedding cake :-)
Dedria Humphries says
This is a comment about the Southwestern Salmon Burgers, from the Almond Flour Cookbook. I tried these for the first time New Years 2020 weekend. We loved them. Like another subscriber about the Wasabi Salmon Burgers, we like spicy and so I added more of the spices — chipotle and cumin — to the mix. But I also let the salmon marinate overnight. The fish was more southwestern and there was another benefit: the burgers held together really well in the frying pan. That was bonus and I will do this for all burgers.
Dedria, thanks for your comment! I’m so happy to hear you are enjoying my first book :-)
Yum!!!! So, we must like spicy because we didn’t think it was spicy enough. **I did just add half the wasabi paste. Next time, will add the full recommended amount and I’m sure it will be perfect. Thank you for all of your amazing recipes!
Paulina, thanks for your comment!
You can find the wasabi powder in the ethnic section of Walmart.
Thanks Saint! And I also link to a place to purchase ingredients in my recipes :-)
I’m having a hard time finding wasabi powder in my stores. Would using store bought wasabi paste work just as well?
Jeanette, I haven’t tried that so not sure. If you click the highlighted link in the ingredients portion of the recipe you will be able to purchase that ingredient :-)
Any suggestions for something other than cilantro? I’m a soap person.
Joanne, I haven’t tried that so not sure :-)
These burgers are incredible. Thank you! I served between lettuce and used your guacamole recipe to serve with a dollop. Incredible. I plan on making weekly. Thank you for all your amazing recipes.
Jayne, I’m so happy to hear these are incredible!
FYI: While we love a collagen egg, that replacement DOES NOT work to hold these babies together! Still a good recipe, but as an egg-intolerant family, these became salmon lettuce cups. We’ll add to the rotation though. Thanks for a nice new twist on salmon nights!
Julia, I haven’t tried that in this recipe, but can tell you every one of my recipes that I’ve tried that substitution in has not turned out well. Here are my Egg-Free Recipes for you:
Does the salmon need to be fresh? These look amazing and am going to make them tomorrow. Great recipe!
Dara, thanks for your comment! I haven’t tried making these with frozen salmon so not sure if that will work :-)