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Salmon Cakes Recipe

April 07, 2020

Salmon Cakes Recipe

Salmon Cakes Recipe, That You Can Make At Home

Salmon is a staple protein that offers a wide range of health benefits as well as a unique flavor profile that will tickle your taste buds. There are so many ways to prepare salmon, but sometimes you may want to diverge from the typical fish steak meal. Other times, you may have leftover fish from the day before you are not quite sure what to do with. In both cases, we offer the same suggestion – Salmon Cakes.


Salmon cakes are a flavorful and delicious way to consume fresh or leftover fish at any time of the day.  There are so many smoked salmon cakes recipes to choose from that you can literally eat fish cakes every day of the week. You can pair them with paprika and lemon, or you can coat them in panko bread crumbs, no matter how they are prepared, they will be a delight for you and your family. Well made salmon cakes will be wonderfully crisp on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside.

Keeping in line with our dedication to giving you the best seafood recipes on the internet, we also have some easy at-home recipes for gluten free salmon cakes, salmon crab cakes, and salmon fish cakes that will be a hit with your whole family. Our recipes can be used with fresh salmon, canned salmon, or even leftover salmon that you have from last night’s dinner.


Making Salmon Cakes At Home In Your Spare Time

Salmon patties and smoked salmon cakes are a simple way to cook dinner in a flash or to feed an army of hungry teens on the fly. Making this dish is so easy that you will find that it quickly becomes one of your go-to meals when you are pressed for time, or when you want a no-fuss dinner to put on the table. We have several different recipes, and most of them take less than a half an hour to make from preparation all to plating.

One of the most requested dishes for parties that we get is sweet potato salmon cakes. This delicious easy to make recipe can be prepared in advance and frozen for last-minute meals or creative appetizers for parties. Another great reason to fall in love with making salmon cakes at home is due to their versatility. Salmon cakes can be paired with an endless variety of vegetables and starches to make a unique meal that suites the taste of everyone in your home.


For a delicious twist with an international feel, try making Asian salmon cakes by adding bamboo shoots, curry, and other Asian flavors to your patties. For a kid-friendly meal, consider cheddar cheese and thinly sliced carrots. If you are looking to light your taste buds on fire, toss in some chili peppers to give your smoked salmon patties a kick you won’t soon forget. They also pair well with tartar sauce, dip, or even drizzled in a homemade hollandaise sauce. You can check out our recipe for hollandaise (here).

Salmon Cakes Recipe

Salmon Cake Burger with a Lush Herb Cream Sauce

Instead of wondering what to eat with salmon cakes, you can transform the salmon cakes into a full meal. This elegant dish is sure to be a hit, especially if you or someone in your family is trying to eat well while dieting.  One of the great things about this salmon cake burger recipe is that it is one of the few salmon fish cakes without potatoes. Of course, you don’t have to add potatoes, but it is a common method to help the fish meat stick together, especially when making a patty for a burger.


Hot Fire Salmon Cakes Recipe

If you are looking for a salmon cakes no egg recipe that won’t fall apart the pan, then our Old Bay Salmon Cakes are sure to hit the spot. This iteration of spicy salmon cakes is full of flavor and nutritious vegetables to keep your families bellies full and their mouths happy at every meal. They are also easy to make in advance and store in the freezer for last-minute meals or snacks on the fly.

To kick your recipe up a notch, you can also make a tangy lemon sauce for salmon cakes that will complement the fishy flavor. For those on diet, this is also a great alternative to grease-filled meals or tasteless diet food. For this recipe, there are only 195 calories in salmon cakes made with the listed ingredients. Our recipe will make 10 moderately sized salmon cakes which is enough to feed a family of five. You can expand the recipe by making spicy salmon cakes with potatoes. Simply add one large boiled and mashed potato to the final mix to make 15 salmon cakes instead of 10.

Ingredients Needed:

  • ¾ cup of diced red onion
  • ¼ teaspoon of crushed red pepper
  • ½ cup of whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1 cup of thinly sliced kale
  • 1 ½ Tablespoon of Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 Large potato (optional)
  • 6 ounces of fresh, cooked or canned salmon
  • ½ cup of diced yellow pepper
  • 3 Tablespoon of non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard

Directions For Cooking:

Start off by heating your oven to 400 degrees. This will give you perfect, crispy salmon cakes with a fully cooked center. Take a baking sheet and cover it with a layer of parchment paper and then set it aside.

If you are going to be making salmon cakes with mashed potatoes, or salmon sweet potato cakes, put the potatoes in a pot to boil. When they are finished, use a fork to mash them until there are no large lumps.

In a nonstick pan that has been warmed over a medium flame, add two spoons of water, red onions, yellow pepper, and garlic. Sauté your veggies until they are soft, but not soggy. Next, add in your crushed red pepper, kale, and your Old Bay seasoning. Keep cooking for an additional three minutes to wilt the kale. Turn off the flame and set aside to cool.  

In a large mixing bowl add your salmon, breadcrumbs, mustard, optional potatoes, and cooled vegetables, and yogurt. Mix everything well and then place them in the refrigerator covered to cool for at least half an hour. Once the mix has rested, take them out and form 10 patties, or 15 patties if you used a potato. Place them on your baking sheet and put them in the oven. Let them cook for ten minutes on one side. Flip, and cook for another ten minutes on the other side. Remove them from the oven and serve! You can eat them alone, or you can serve them with a side of your favorite vegetables and brown rice for a healthy meal that delights the senses.

Can You Save Salmon Cakes?

Salmon cakes are a great item to use for meal prep. Cooking and then freezing salmon cakes is a great way to reduce your workload in the kitchen. When you make salmon cakes with cornmeal, set aside those you plan to preserve. Allow them to cool to room temperature after they are cooked. Once cooled, put them in an airtight container and place them in your freezer. To reheat, simply pop them in the oven, or microwave for a healthy meal in under 10 minutes.

Salmon Cake Recipe Tips

When making salmon rice cakes, it is always best to use fresh fish, but previously cooked leftover fish will work equally well. Just make sure to pay attention to your salt content when adding new spices. Canned salmon is also an option if you are unable to find fresh fish. Make sure to drain the fish well and soak up excess water with a paper towel before mixing with your other ingredients.

If you are in a crunch, you can save time and money buying frozen salmon for any of our listed recipes. Make sure to pay attention to the label because some fish is sold pre-cooked. To make your dishes extra fancy, you can turn any recipe into a salmon crab cakes recipe by adding an equal amount of crab meat to your salmon portions.

Specialty Salmon Cakes With Your Health In Mind

Vegan salmon cakes are one of the best ways to reuse leftover salmon and maintain your health goals at the same time. If you have a lot of fish leftover, or if you just want to meal prep to stay on track, our salmon cake recipes are sure to come in handy. If you are on a diet or following a keto plan, you will love our salmon cakes whole30 meal plan recipe. These cakes can be paired with a creamy garlic sauce that won’t push you over your carb count but are still packed with flavor.

Whole30 Salmon Cakes & Creamy Garlic Sauce

What you will need:

  • 2 cups of cooked salmon
  • 1/2 cup of whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 medium minced shallot
  • 1 to 2 shaved garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite minced herbs
  • 1/4 cup of mayonnaise
  • Salt, to taste

Cooking Instructions:

When it comes to salmon cakes nutrition, this is truly a well-rounded meal. You get loads of omega 3’s, iron, vitamins, and minerals to keep you energized all day long. Take your salmon, shallots, bread crumbs, and your herbs and mix them well in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine your mustard, mayo, and egg and whisk well. Combine both bowls and incorporate evenly. Make six evenly sized patties and arrange them on a plate. Cover and refrigerate to firm.  

While those cool, mix your garlic, lemon juice, and mayo into a smooth mixture. Add salt to taste. Allow it to rest while your salmon cakes are getting ready. In a large skillet, put a couple spoons of olive oil in a pan to heat over a medium flame. Take your fish patties out, dip them lightly in bread crumbs and then fry immediately. Allow them to cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until they are golden brown. Serve over a bed of crunchy lettuce or crisp brown rice while hot. Drizzle with your garlic sauce and enjoy!