Salmon Meatballs Recipe With Sesame Seeds and Wasabi

Wasabi root gives these salmon balls a sharp kick. Dress them up further with toasted sesame seeds.

| April 2013

Salmon meatballs

Try these wasabi and sesame seed salmon balls.

Photo Courtesy Mitchell Beazley

In his meatball cookbook, Jez Felwick brings a delicious combination of flavors from the street to your home, all made with free-range meat and quality ingredients, bursting with flavor and served with fresh-tasting sauces and sides. The Meatball Cookbook: Great Balls of Fire (Mitchell Beazley, 2013) is Felwick’s collection culminated from his experience as “The Bowler,” a well-known gourmet food cart vendor in London. He gives more than 70 “ballistic” ideas, including original sauces, sides and salads. The following excerpt is a recipe for a different kind of meatball — made with salmon and flavored with hot wasabi. 

You can buy this book from the GRIT store: The Meatball Cookbook: Great Balls of Fire.

More meatball recipes:

Pork Meatballs Recipe With Fennel
Meatball Calzone Recipe
Real Mayonnaise Recipe
Spicy Coleslaw Recipe  

Wasabi is a Japanese root and comes from the same family as horseradish. When I first saw it I was surprised to find that it isn’t green, as the dye in many store-bought varieties may lead you to believe. I love the hit you get from having slightly too much wasabi; when it connects with the roof of your mouth — eye watering, brain tingling, and sinus-cleansingly great. I have increased my tolerance over time, taking the pain along the way. I love it with salmon, so I had to use it in this recipe. Be careful not to overcook the salmon otherwise it will dry out. 

Salmon Meatballs Recipe With Sesame Seeds and Wasabi

Preparation time 30 minutes, plus freezing. Cooking time 20 minutes. 

1lb skinless salmon fillet
1 medium free-range egg
3 scallions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon diced pickled ginger
1 teaspoon wasabi powder
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons black sesame seeds, toasted
3 tablespoons white sesame seeds, toasted

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