Spicy salmon burger

Spicy salmon burger

I told you a couple of times before that I’ve only learned to eat fish a couple of years ago. My parents where not the adventurous types when it came to cooking and my mum never really liked cooking in the first place. My dad never cooked much more then pancakes or at least that is what I remember.

But fish was something we simply didn’t eat. The only ‘fish’ that ever saw the inside of our house was the canned variety. Every Saturday we ate bread for dinner. That was a tradition, the same way we ate macaroni and cheese every Friday and meatloaf every Wednesday (it was for sale with a discount at the butcher every Wednesday).

With that bread table there would always be either one of those small tins with herring in tomato sauce or there would be a jar of what we call ‘rolmops‘. That is esssentially a pickled herring rolled up and filled with a small gherkin. It’s pretty sour but I’ve always liked eating those.

Smoked salmon

As far as my experience with fish, that was about it… Later in life I learned that smoked salmon was pretty ok to eat but anything else I would shy away from. Fish was fishy and I did not like fishy. Little did I know at the time, that fishy fish, tends to be old fish….

It only took me 30 years to find out that I love fish and we have the Greeks to thank for that. I can still remember my first sea bream (not sure if that is the right name, but we call it dorade) freshly grilled on the BBQ eaten on a Greek Island. Turned out really good. (wait till you see our Dorad Disaster Day…)

Salmon has remained one of my favorite fishes to eat as it is versatile and delicious. But warm salmon can also be pretty bad. I’ve had my share of disgusting salmon filets overcooked, fishy and just not the way salmon should be eaten. But…. this particular salmon burger is a real winner. I’ve eaten it two times now and it is quick and perfect for a fast weekday meal. You’re gonna love it!

Spicy salmon burger

Making the salmon burger

To make this spicy salmon burger you don’t need much more than fresh salmon, some curry paste (I like Thai red curry paste of which you can find various variaties), fresh ginger, some soy, coriander and oil for baking. Now if you’re one of those people that do not like coriander feel free to leave it out.

I recently learned that it’s apparently genetic if you like coriander or if you feel it tastes like soap. I don’t know exactly but you can’t be helped if you do think it tastes like soap. Leaving it out is perfectly acceptable in this case. No need to worry.

You grind all the ingredients for the salmon burger in the food processor. Don’t make it too much of a puree. It’s ok if there are still some chunks of salmon to be seen.

The original picture of this delicious salmon burger is shown right above here. The first picture is the retake. And also my favorite way of eating it; with a big green salad on the side.

If you’re eating paleo or are currently doing a whole30, make sure that you check if the curry paste is without sugar. You do not want to start over because you overlooked the sugar in the curry paste. You can find ones without. But most have some sugar in it. Be aware of that!

This salmon burger is also low carb.

Spicy salmon burger
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Spicy salmon burger

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 portions


  • 2 salmon fillets boneless and skinless
  • 2 tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 1 pcs fresh root ginger grated, about 5 cm size
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 bunch coriander half chopped, half leaves picked
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • lemon wedge to serve


  • Tip the salmon into a food processor with the paste, ginger, soy and chopped coriander. Pulse until roughly minced. Tip out the mix and shape into 4 burgers. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan, then fry the burgers for 4-5 mins on each side, turning until crisp and cooked through.
Course: Dinner Dish
Keyword: salmon

Nutrition Information

Calories: 140kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 122mg, Potassium: 431mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 1350IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 22mg, Iron: 1mg


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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