Dr Oz: Salmon Cakes & Asian Chicken Salad Recipe by Chris Nirschel


Dr Oz: Cheap Gourmet Recipes

You don’t have to go to a fancy restaurant to get a gourmet meal. In fact, you can even use canned ingredients to capture the flavors and excitement of quality cooking. For recipes that fit this description, Dr. Oz turned to Chef Chris Nirschel, who shared what you need to know to make a tasty meal out of a can.

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Chris Nirschel Salmon Cakes Recipe

Ingredients – Salmon Cakes

  • 1 can of Alaskan Pink Salmon (7.5 oz.)
  • ¾ c. Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1 lemon for zest & juice
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1 tsp. Pepper

Ingredients – Lychee Dressing

  • ½ can Pickled Ginger (6.6 oz.)
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 1 can Lychee, drained
  • Salt & Pepper

Ingredients – Corn Chutney

  • 1 Cucumber, diced
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Dill
  • 1 Can Lychee, drained
  • 1 Can Corn, drained (15 oz.)
  • 1 Tomato, diced
  • Salt

Directions – Salmon Patties

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Drain Salmon.
  3. Mix Salmon with Panko, egg yolks, lemon, dill, salt & pepper.
  4. Form into patties.
  5. Pan sear patties until crisp and golden.
  6. Finish in the oven, about 7 minutes.

Directions – Dressing

  1. Blend ingredients on high for 30 seconds, or until ginger is pureed.
  2. Use to dress your Salmon Cakes.

Directions – Chutney

  1. Heat a skillet on medium.
  2. Add tomato, sauteeing for three minutes.
  3. Add corn and saute until heated. Then set aside.
  4. After the mixture has cooled, add diced cucumbers.
  5. Season with salt and pepper. Serve and enjoy.

To put it all together, first add chutney to the plates. Then place your salmon cake and drizzle with your dressing.

This is a low cost family meal, and a daughter and mom from the audience loved it.

Chris Nirschel: Asian Chicken Salad Recipe


  • 1 Can Chicken (9-12 oz.)
  • 1 Can Mandarin Oranges (8.5-11 oz.)
  • 1 Scallion
  • 1 Stalk Celery
  • ½ Tbsp. Sriracha
  • ½ Tbsp. Sesame Seeds
  • 1 Package Rice Noodles
  • ¼ c. Soy Sauce
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 Can Water Chestnuts (8 oz.)


  1. Drain chicken, water chestnuts, and mandarin oranges.
  2. Mix the canned ingredients with rice noodles.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix scallion, Sesame seeds, Sriracha, soy sauce, and lime.
  4. Toss chicken mix with dressing and serve.

If you’ve never tried Sriracha, it’s spicy but delicious. The mom and daughter taste testers said they enjoyed the medley of textures and flavors in the salad. Taste testing is probably the least embarrassing thing you can be asked to do as a Dr. Oz audience member.



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