Salmon Cake Recipe 2024

Salmon cakes are a delicious and versatile dish that can be enjoyed as an appetizer, main course, or even a tasty snack. Made with fresh or canned salmon, these savory cakes are packed with flavor and easy to prepare. Here’s a simple recipe to help you make perfect salmon cakes every time.

Salmon Cake

Salmon Cake: Ingredients

For the Salmon Cakes:

  • 1 pound fresh salmon fillet or 2 cans of salmon (14.75 ounces each), drained and flaked
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (plain or seasoned)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning (or your favorite seafood seasoning)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil (for frying)

For the Tartar Sauce (optional):

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon capers, chopped (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Prepare the Salmon Cakes:

  1. Cook the Salmon (if using fresh salmon):
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
    • Place the salmon fillet on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
    • Season with salt and pepper.
    • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
    • Let the salmon cool, then flake it with a fork.
  2. Mix the Ingredients:
    • In a large bowl, combine the flaked salmon (or canned salmon), breadcrumbs, chopped onion, celery, red bell pepper, and parsley.
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, beaten egg, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, Old Bay seasoning, salt, and pepper.
    • Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the salmon mixture and mix until well combined.
  3. Form the cakes:
    • Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions.
    • Shape each portion into a patty, about 1/2 inch thick.
  4. Cook the cakes:
    • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
    • Add the salmon cakes to the skillet, cooking in batches if necessary to avoid overcrowding.
    • Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy.
    • Transfer the cooked salmon cakes to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.

Prepare the Tartar Sauce (optional):

  1. Mix the Ingredients:
    • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, dill pickle relish, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and chopped capers (if using).
    • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    • Mix well until all ingredients are combined.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve the cakes warm, accompanied by the homemade tartar sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.
  • Pair them with a fresh green salad, roasted vegetables, or a side of rice for a complete meal.
  • These salmon cakes also make great sandwiches. Serve them on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and a dollop of tartar sauce.

Enjoy your homemade salmon cakes! They’re sure to be a hit with family and friends.

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