Run Oregon Test Kitchen – Racing Weight Test Kitchen: Salmon Cakes

Beginning in March, Run Oregon bloggers were provided the "Racing Weight Cookbook: Light Recipes for Athletes" by Matt Fitzgerald. This series showcases our attempts at making some of the healthy and delicious recipes within the book’s pages.

Salmon Cakes

Salmon Cakes

Name of Recipe: Salmon Cakes

Running & Athletic Expertise: I started running in my mid-thirties, and am a solid middle-of-the-pack racer. I was never very successful in team sports, and being able to improve and break my own records in running has been a fabulous boost to my athletic confidence.

Cooking Expertise: I have always loved to cook, and tricky recipes or new ingredients don’t scare me. At the same time I like having some quick and easy five-ingredient-recipes that I can throw together without much thought at the end of a busy day.

Name of Recipe: Salmon Cakes

How it went: I have been looking for a quick and easy salmon cake recipe for a long time. Living in the Pacific Northwest, whole salmon are available at a great price, but inevitably, a four pound fish will give you lots of leftovers. Therefore I deviated from the recipe slightly and used fresh (cooked and cooled) sockeye salmon instead of canned.

Don’t let the category “For the athlete who loves to cook” scare you; the recipe came together very quickly and easily. Three ingredients plus some spices are mixed together in a bowl. I used a 1/4 cup cookie scoop to measure the fish ball, then flattened it in the skillet with my spatula. A quick three minute sear on both sides, and the salmon cake was ready. I served it with rice, but it could easily go on a burger bun or English Muffin as well.

Food photography is tricky and not my expertise, but the end result was delicious!

Salmon cakes

Salmon cakes

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Racing Weight Cookbook Lean, Light Recipes for AthletesRacing Weight Cookbook: Lean, Light Recipes for Athletes delivers more than 100 flavorful, easy recipes that will help athletes hit their ideal weight without compromising performance. The book is the third in the best-selling Racing Weight Series™ and is now available in bookstores; bike, tri, and running shops; and online. Preview the book and try recipes at www.racingweightcookbook.com.

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