If at first you don’t succeed then try again!
For the last 6 years, i have tried to get my daughter to eat fish. When she was in daycare, she ate baked fish nuggets and loved them. I was thrilled that she was finally eating fish and got the recipe. To my surprise, after several months of regularly making this fish, one night she decided that she didn’t like the it anymore. I guess it was overkill on my part to make it every week…..but i was so happy to finally find a way to get her to eat fish. I tried to serve this to her a few more times without success. I really wanted her to eat fish, but didn’t want to become “Mommie Dearest” (aka Joan Crawford). All i kept thinking of was the scene in “Mommie Dearest” when Christina refuses to eat rare, bloody steak, so Joan serves the same meal over and over until one of them cracks. That wasn’t going to happen in my house! I stopped making the nuggets and my daughter occasionally tasted whatever fish we were eating, but never liked it.
In my ongoing quest to find healthy meal ideas, i found a new fish recipe that she tried and liked! YAY
Fresh Salmon Burgers
- 2 pounds skinless wild salmon fillet
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons Asian sesame oil
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/3 cup sesame seeds
- 2 teaspoons peanut oil
- Multigrain ciabatta rolls
- Spicy Mayo- reduced fat mayo and Chinese chili hot sauce
Remove and discard any bones from salmon, then cut into 1-inch pieces. In a food processor, pulse salmon just until finely chopped (do not overprocess). Transfer salmon to a medium bowl. Add mustard, mayonnaise, chives, soy sauce, sesame oil, and pepper; stir to combine. Let chill for 30 minutes. Form mixture into four 3 1/2-inch patties. Generously sprinkle one side of each patty with sesame seeds.
Brush peanut oil over bottom of a large nonstick skillet to coat evenly. Place skillet over medium-high heat. Place burgers, seed side down, in skillet; cook until sesame seeds brown lightly, 2 to 3 minutes, reducing heat slightly if necessary. With a spatula, gently turn burgers over and cook just until opaque in the center, about 3 minutes
I have made them in the frying pan, but usually I bbq them on a griddle…not directly on the grill cuz they will fall into the bbq.
When making the spicy mayo, ad small amounts of the chili sauce to the mayo at a time and taste until you get to the level of spice that you like!
Serve on multigrain ciabbatta bread. Garnish with spicy mayo, sliced tomato, baby spinach and avocado .
My kids love them! This is the only way I can get my daughter to eat fish.
TIP: Serve these once a month so that your family doesn’t say “this again?!!”.