Superhealthy salmon burgers

Superhealthy salmon burgers

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(343 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4

If you're after something a bit lighter than potato-packed fishcakes, try these simple oriental-style burgers

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal292
  • fat17g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre0g
  • protein29g
  • salt0.83g
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  • 4 boneless, skinless salmon fillets, about 550g/1lb 4oz in total, cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • thumb-size piece fresh root ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 1 bunch coriander, half chopped, half leaves picked
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • lemon wedges, to serve



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

For the salad

  • 2 carrots



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • half large or 1 small cucumber
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp golden caster sugar


  1. 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.

  2. Meanwhile, use a swivel peeler to peel strips of carrot and cucumber into a bowl. Toss with the vinegar and sugar until the sugar has dissolved, then toss through the coriander leaves. Divide the salad between 4 plates. Serve with the burgers and rice.

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Che Guevaraa's picture
Che Guevaraa
1st Jun, 2020
This is nice but the flavour was actually a little too subtle for my taste. I like to be punched in the face lol. I used a tablespoon of flour in the blender and chilled for an hour. The burgers held together perfectly. I made the little side salad it was actually really nice with the dressing and matched perfectly.
9th Aug, 2019
Made for dinner tonight. Added a tablespoon of flour as recommended by others and left in the fridge for a while before frying. I was concerned they might fall apart in the frying pan, but they cooked beautifully and firmed up in cooking. I made this quantity into 6 smaller burgers, as there were only 3 of us eating them. Served with rice and the salad. Will definitely make again. Loved the subtle flavours.
Frantic Flapjack
5th Aug, 2019
We really enjoyed these. Ridiculously easy to make. I used just one tbsp of Thai red curry paste. I put them in the fridge for a couple of hours and they fried up beautifully. Served with rice, cauliflower cheese and green beans.
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Sarah Cook
4th Apr, 2019
I am obviously in the minority here but I really didn't like this recipe. Thought it was quite tasteless. Perhaps it is becos I used shop bought red thai paste.
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Che Guevaraa
1st Jun, 2020
Same I wasn’t crazy on it.
12th Feb, 2019
Lovely recipe. I didn't add any flour to the salmon mix (didn't need it) but did coat the shaped salmon burgers with flour and leave in the fridge for a few hours. Lovely texture - cripsy on the outside moist in the middle.
30th Jan, 2019
Made these this evening. I'm not a fan of fish so I'm always on the lookout for tasty ways to serve it, without it being too fishy. These were lovely and made them very quickly in the processor. We are doing Keto diet, so I added a tablespoon of Coconut flour to the mix before shaping it into burgers. I cooked them in coconut oil, loved them and served them with green beans and cauliflower cheese. Very simple and quick to make, will do them again.
18th Jan, 2019
Absolutely gorgeous. Had no Thai paste so used a universal curry paste which worked very well. Also made a herby couscous instead of plain rice. Will make this over and over again.
Jennifer Lucy
13th Jan, 2019
These were delicious. Having read some of the other comments, I added a dessertspoonful of flour before mixing. I don't have a food processor so used my hand blender. I also used half salmon, half cod (for no really good reason, but it worked!) I think the tip about adding a little onion is good. Great recipe and I'll definitely do it again!
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Catherine Fritsch
24th Jul, 2018
This recipe is amazing! It's definitely one of my favourites. To avoid the mixture becoming too wet, I squeezed out any extra water from the salmon fillets before mixing.


19th Sep, 2019
I would like to make these in advance and keep in the freezer. Do I freeze before frying or do I fry let them cool and then freeze?
goodfoodteam's picture
19th Sep, 2019
Thanks for your question. We'd recommend freezing before cooking for best results. Freeze on a tray and then transfer to a freezer bag. Lay out again to defrost - in the fridge is best. Once defrosted, cook as above adding a few extra mins if the burgers are really cold.
22nd Sep, 2019
Thank you!
20th Sep, 2018
Should I add any salt or pepper to the mixture when blending it? Many thanks.
goodfoodteam's picture
2nd Oct, 2018
Thanks for your question - the soy and curry paste impart a lot of flavour so there's no need to add extra seasoning.
30th Mar, 2016
Do you use raw salmon or cooked salmon when putting it into the food processor? Thank you
goodfoodteam's picture
20th May, 2016
The salmon used here is raw, as this is what helps them stick together. If you used cooked salmon you would need to bind them with egg or add potato to make fish cakes.
1st Dec, 2015
Which is best light soy sauce or dark soy sauce for this recipe?
goodfoodteam's picture
14th Dec, 2015
As it is only 1 tsp it doesn't really matter, but light soy sauce will give the fish burger a brighter colour.
1st Oct, 2015
Can you use tinned salmon for these?


14th Jul, 2020
Family loved GREEN Thai paste, hated the red. First time I used green because supermarket run out of red curry paste. Second time I used red. I used flour, but go easy on flour otherwise the patties become inedible. I normally use frozen salmon fillets, blast them in the microwave for a few minutes till cooked then mix everything with my hand. No food processor required.
jandem's picture
24th May, 2019
I used fresh salmon and didn't use oil as the fish has sufficient oil. Very tasty and I will make again and again.
23rd Dec, 2014
Make extra and freeze prior to cooking. These taste just as good when cooked after defrosting as they do when cooked from fresh.
stumpys's picture
20th Aug, 2014
The mixture is soggy that's ok BUT you need wet hands to shape them or its almost impossible
6th May, 2014
When you process the salmon and the herbs etc in the food processor the mixture can become come wet, I added a tablespoon of flour ju to hod its shape while making the burgers. I placed them on a tray with some greaseproof paper and froze them for a couple of hours before cooking - to make it easier and to ensure they didn't fall apart while handling them.... cooked perfectly! Remember not to freeze the burgers if the salmon has already been frozen!
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