High-Protein Salmon Meatballs

You can have homemade salmon meatballs in 10 minutes tonight, with no raw fish handling required. What are you waiting for?

Meatballs and salmon may seem like an odd pairing, until you taste these. They've got just the right blend of spices and texture to give you a meatball fix, but with all the much-discussed health benefits of salmon.

Utilizing salmon as the base of your meatball will provide you with a boatload of omega-3 fats—the type of fats that work for you on multiple health and performance levels. Using canned salmon rather than fresh salmon may seem like a cop-out, but trust me, it works. Canned salmon is also an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D, both of which play an integral role in bone formation and strength.

And if that's not enough to intrigue you, consider that you can have these meatballs finished in less time than it takes to boil your pasta! But of course, you can eat these meatballs with a side of veggies if you so choose, too.


Ingredients

Salmon Meatballs

Canned salmon 14-oz. can


Whole-grain crackers, crushed 1/4 cup


Egg white 1 large


Red onion, chopped 1/2 medium


Garlic clove, minced 2


Olive oil 2 tbsp


Orange juice 1/8 cup


Salt and pepper to taste


Topping and Pasta

Semolina pasta 1 lb.


Garlic clove, minced 2


Parmesan cheese, grated 2 tbsp


Olive oil 2 tbsp


Parsley, chopped 1 tbsp


Directions
  1. Coat a pan with olive oil and heat to medium heat.
  2. Combine all meatball ingredients in a bowl with your hands, and form the mixture into 8 meatballs.
  3. Sear the meatballs in the pan, turning often, until they're golden brown all around.
  4. In a separate pot, boil the pasta until al dente.
  5. In a separate pan, heat the olive oil, garlic, and parsley until the herbs sizzle.
  6. Place the pasta and meatballs in a bowl. Drizzle herbed oil over the top, and add grated parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 2-oz meatball
Recipe yields: 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 114
Fat6 g
Carbs4 g
Protein11 g