Runner's Kitchen

by Colleen Brackett

Wild Salmon Sweet Potato Cakes Recipe

Love this book as it has many easy prep recipes that are just delicious. I often find as I am sure others would agree that food always just tastes that much better after a long run. I will save some of these for a Sunday evening meal to allow a little more prep time. The option is there to prepare more ahead of time and freeze them. It's both Gluten Free and Daily free. This particular one is a awesome Fall option. So good !

Serves 4


1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 or 3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup orange-fleshed sweet potato (yam) puree
8 ounces wild salmon, skin and pin bones removed, flesh finely chopped (ask your butcher to do this)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon, cut into wedges (optional)
Avocado Cream, optional


  • In a 12-inch cast-iron skillet or heavy-bottom pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and 1⁄4 teaspoon of the salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft but not brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  • In a bowl with the sweet potato puree, combine the onion mixture, salmon, eggs, almond flour, parsley, lemon juice, mustard, cumin, pepper, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • Preheat the oven to 250°F. Line a baking sheet with a double layer of paper towels.
  • Wipe out the pan you cooked the onions in, then add the 1/4 cup oil and warm over medium heat. When the oil begins to shimmer but is not smoking, scoop 1/4 cup of the salmon batter and gently tap upside down on the side of the pan to slide the batter into the oil. Use a spatula to press down slightly so the cakes are about 1 inch thick. Cook until nicely browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes (if they’re browning too quickly, turn the heat down). Carefully flip each cake over and cook until the bottoms are deeply golden and cooked through, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Transfer the salmon cakes to the baking sheet. Keep warm in the oven while you fry the remaining cakes. If needed, carefully wipe the skillet clean and add more oil.
  • To serve, arrange the salmon cakes on individual plates. ­Garnish with the lemon wedges and top with a scoop of ­Avocado Cream (if using).

Note: The cakes can be made ahead and arranged in an airtight ­container between sheets of parchment paper. Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating at 250°F until heated through, about 20 ­minutes.

From the New York Times Bestseller: RUN FAST. EAT SLOW by Shalane Flanagan & Elyse Kopecky

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