Combine first 4 ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Pour hot liquid over radish. Chill 30 minutes; drain well.
Combine mayonnaise and next 3 ingredients. Cover and refrigerate.
Preheat grill to high heat.
Combine soy sauce and chili sauce, stirring with a whisk. Sprinkle fillets with pepper and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Place fillets on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes, brushing with half of soy mixture. Carefully turn fillets; grill 4 minutes or until desired degree of doneness, brushing with remaining soy mixture.
Spread 2 tablespoons mayo mixture on bottom half of each bun; top each with 1 fillet. Top evenly with radishes. Arrange about 1/3 cup watercress on each fillet; top with top halves of buns.
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So I don't like radishes much, but I was intrigued by this recipe. And yes, what has been said before is very true...the radish prep stinks like smelly feet. Both my teenager and husband came in a separate times and said, "What smells like stinky feet?" But I must admit the finished product was worth it. Amazing flavors and very unique. We used whole wheat buns and they were great lightly toasted on the grill. Will definitely make these again but would not serve them to guests due to the smelly feet factor. :-)
I wasn't too impressed with this salmon burger recipe. I used a silver salmon which was mild enough to let the flavors of the sauces and radishes come through. The ginger mayo was super gingery but still okay, and the radishes pickled quickly to the point of being too soft, yet they were still warm from the marinade, even after chilling 30 minutes as specified in the recipe.
I must agree with bode 98---we love this recipe! We have made it at least 4 times since we tried it about 6 weeks ago. Can't get watercress where we live, but the pre-packaged spinach/arugula mix is great. And the radishes....maybe kinda smelly, but don't let that dissuade you; they add such a delicious, unusual flavor. We follow the recipe almost exactly, but have found that the ginger-mayo mixture (WONDERFUL!) is a bit much at the quantity suggested: 1 tablespoon is plenty for us. If you are even thinking about this recipe--- TRY IT!!
Loved the recipe. The salmon came out perfectly. The mayo was delicious. The radishes were tasty, but smelly. Seriously smelly. Smelly enough that I felt compelled to write a review kind of smelly.
Does not change my review of the recipe, but make sure the radishes are covered when you chill them.
OMG, this is the best salmon recipe I've ever made!! Used wild-caught Alaskan salmon filets and toasted thick slices of whole grain bread rather than hamburger buns & arugala rather than watercress. Loved the marinated radishes-- added such an interesting layer of flavor. Beyond fantastic. Can I give it 6 stars???
Our first time obviously at trying this recipe. We had no Thai sweet chili sauce and watercress, but we made do with the soy sauce and substituted young spinach leaves. With two of us in the kitchen the different steps were manageable and well worth the effort. The result was amazing, as much in its taste as in its texture. The salmon came out extremely moist. The radishes I've been finding lately are pretty bland but even so the somewhat cured radishes and spinach leaves were great garnishes on this burger. While my husband barbecued the salmon, I also prepared the Apricot, Cucumber, Pluot, and Lime Basil Salad to serve with the burgers. I won't review the salad yet, because I think it'd benefit from more waiting time before it is served.
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