Salmon Burgers with Crispy Onion & Fried Dill Pickles

 

I’ve partnered with PADERNO to bring you this simple and satisfying summertime recipe.     

These salmon burgers are perfect for backyard entertaining. Bonus! They also don’t require a BBQ. The recipe itself is also gluten-free to allow for flexible entertaining options. You could even swap out the bun for a summer salad. I like to use mayonnaise in this recipe instead of an egg as the binder. It makes for a moist burger, letting the fish shine! The tempura batter is super light and pairs perfectly with the fish for texture and crunch. You may need to make extra fried pickles as snacking before assembly may occur.

The patties come together super quick in the 3-Cup Food Chopper from PADERNO with its vortex blade technology specifically designed to circulate food while blending. And if you have a deep fryer like this one, with an automatic oil drainage system and storage, even frying the crispy toppings is no-fuss and makes cleaning a breeze! The new PADERNO Kitchen Appliances are designed with the precision control you need to deliver your best cooking moments.

Salmon Burgers
Salmon Burgers

Salmon Burgers with Crispy Onion & Fried Dill Pickles

Salmon Patties (makes four patties)

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless salmon, cubed

  • ½ cup panko style breadcrumbs (I like to use gluten-free breadcrumbs which allows for the burger to be flexible for guests with dietary restrictions.)

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise

  • 1 shallot, diced

  • 1 tbs fresh dill

  • 1 tbs fresh parsley

  • ½ tsp garlic powder

  • Zest from one lemon, plus 1 tbs juice

  • Pinch of ground black pepper

Tempura Batter

  • 1 onion, sliced thin

  • 3-4 pickles, sliced lengthwise and thin

  • 1 ½ cup tapioca flour, plus ½ cup for dusting

  • 2 tbs cornstarch

  • ½ tsp garlic powder

  • ½ tsp paprika

  • Pinch of white pepper

  • 1 cup soda water

  • Vegetable oil for frying 

Tip: Soak your onions in cold water for 10 minutes for super crispy onions. Dusting in additional flour before placing the onions and pickles in the tempura batter will help the batter adhere better.

Caper Dill Sauce

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tbs lemon juice

  • 1 tbs capers, mined

  • ½ tbs fresh dill

  • 1 dill pickle, finely chopped

Directions

1. To make the burger patties, working in two batches, place the ingredients in a food chopper. Pulse until combined. Mix the two batches together in one bowl. Form into patties and let rest in the fridge for 5-10 minutes. Cook on medium heat using a cast-iron pan for 3 minutes per side.

2. Preheat your deep fryer with vegetable oil to 350. For the tempura batter, combine the tapioca flour, cornstarch, garlic powder, paprika, white pepper and soda water in a medium bowl, whisking gently to combine. Dust the onion and pickle slices with extra flour, dip into the batter and fry in small batches until golden and crispy.

3. Make the caper dill sauce by combining all ingredients in a small bowl.

4. Assemble the burger by spreading the caper dill sauce on your favourite toasted bun. Garnish with garden lettuce and top with a stack of the crispy onions and fried pickles.

Salmon Burgers-4.jpg
Salmon Burgers-5.jpg
Salmon Burgers-6.jpg
Salmon Burgers-7.jpg
Salmon Burgers-9.jpg
Salmon Burgers-10.jpg
Salmon Burgers-12.jpg
Salmon Burgers-19.jpg
Salmon Burgers-15.jpg
Salmon Burgers-16.jpg
Salmon Burgers-17.jpg
 

Cookbook Review & Salmon Gravlax from The Wickaninnish Cookbook: Rustic Elegance on Nature’s Edge

 
I was invited by  Penguin Random House Canada  to review the recently released  The Wickaninnish Cookbook: Rustic Elegance on Nature’s Edge.  So they sent me a free review copy—but even better, they want to send one to you as well! I’ll be running an Instagram contest where one of my lucky followers could win a copy of this beautiful book. Be sure to check out my  Mushroomsandthyme  feed for details on how to enter. (Note: open only to entries with a Canadian mailing address. Contest closes July 1, 2018).

I was invited by Penguin Random House Canada to review the recently released The Wickaninnish Cookbook: Rustic Elegance on Nature’s Edge. So they sent me a free review copy—but even better, they want to send one to you as well! I’ll be running an Instagram contest where one of my lucky followers could win a copy of this beautiful book. Be sure to check out my Mushroomsandthyme feed for details on how to enter. (Note: open only to entries with a Canadian mailing address. Contest closes July 1, 2018).

The moment you lay eyes on The Wickaninnish Cookbook: Rustic Elegance on Nature’s Edge you are instantly transported to the ocean and the welcoming embrace it imparts on your soul. It’s the first cookbook that made me stop dead in my tracks from rushing to open the book and flip through the recipes and photos in a mad frenzy. The texture of the front cover draws me in instantly. I’m running my hands over the front, my mind even more curious as to what I’ll find inside.  

From reading the charming introduction and history of the Wickaninnish Inn you understand the connection of the cover. The wood grain that graces the cover is embossed to replicate the texture of the hand-adzed cedar posts and beams of the Inn, hand carved by master carver Henry Nolla using traditional First nations tools.

The recipes are compiled from many of the chefs who have led The Point restaurant since 1996. From Chef Justin Labossiere’s Dungeness crab and mascarpone ravioli in saffron pasta, to Chef Matt Wilson’s Tuff Session Sourdough Bread and Chef Rod Butters’ shellfish potlatch. All recipes that you can now make in your home kitchen!

It’s this attention to detail and thoughtfulness to weave the history of the restaurant, the Inn, and the tiny surf town of Tofino, B.C. on the west coast of Vancouver Island, throughout the book that makes it so remarkable. The beautiful photography of Makito Inomata that flows alongside the recipes takes the book to a whole other level.

The cookbook also includes several cocktails that I’m dying to try as well—‘cedar-infused rye whisky’, ‘foraging through the woods’,  ‘huckleberry liqueur’ spark instantly intrigued me. Not to mention, the last chapter of the cookbook, the Pantry, is a hidden gem. The Pantry details the vinegars, oils and preserves that are needed in some of the recipes. Leek oil, dill oil, strawberry jam, apple butter and cured egg yolks to name a few. For those that love to experiment in the kitchen, these pantry items are sure to inspire beyond the recipe they are called for. 

Admittedly, I have yet to visit Tofino. It’s been on my wish list of places to see within Canada. After reading this cookbook, it’s definitely jumped up several spots on that list!

Recipes that have left me inspired to recreate, include:

  • Sunflower seed cheese

  • Mini beef tartare burgers

  • Mushroom tortellini

  • Root vegetable torte

  • BBQ beach oysters

At the top of the ‘I MUST TRY THIS!’ list was the salmon gravlax recipe, which is detailed below. I’ve never made gravlax before, but have been curious about it for a long time. You’ll find me eating smoked salmon almost every Saturday breakfast, served over grilled sourdough, an over easy egg and all the fixings—a little treat to kick start the weekend. For some reason I had it in my mind that gravlax would be difficult to tackle or turn out successfully. I always talked myself out of making it. However, it was surprising easy, and with a little planning ahead of time, really easy to make for a brunch gathering. Completely in love it the results.

Salmon Gravlax

Wickaninnish Salmon Gravlax

Picture British Columbia’s west coast and thoughts of salmon won’t be far behind. Executive Chef Barr’s recipe for a simple but flavourful gravlax makes the most of the bountiful and sustainable wild fish. Perfect for canapés or as part of a seafood charcuterie platter, this is one party dish you will make again and again.

  • 1 cup (145 g) salt

  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar

  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange

  • Finely grated zest of ½ grapefruit

  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

  • Finely grated zest of 1 lime

  • 1 Tbsp (5 g) toasted fennel seeds, crushed

  • 2 sprigs dill, leaves only, chopped

  • 1 side fresh coho or sockeye salmon

In a small non-reactive bowl, combine all the ingredients, except the salmon, and mix well. This is the cure.

Remove the pin bones from the salmon. Rub the cure onto both sides of the salmon, making sure the flesh is completely covered. (You may not use all of the cure mixture.) Wrap the salmon tightly in plastic wrap and store on a tray in the fridge for 6 to 8 hours.

Rinse off the cure, then put the salmon back on the tray and leave it uncovered in the fridge to air-dry overnight.

Slice the salmon thinly, being sure to leave the skin behind. Serve with crackers, bread, cream cheese, capers, red onions, and pickles.

Excerpted from The Wickaninnish Cookbook: Rustic Elegance on Nature’s Edge by Joanne Sasvari. Copyright © 2018 Wickaninnish Inn. Photography © Makito Inomata. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

Salmon Gravlax
Salmon Gravlax
Salmon Gravlax
Salmon Gravlax
Salmon Gravlax