Quick and Easy Salmon Cakes – a simple pantry recipe that can be whipped up in 20 minutes, perfect for midweek meals. The recipe features 3 different variations – Asian Salmon Cakes, Mediterranean Salmon Cakes and Nordic-style Salmon Cakes!
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Simple Salmon Cakes made with pantry ingredients, designed for weeknight meals when time is short. Of course fresh salmon always makes for the best salmon cake, but in a pinch, canned salmon, pulled from the pantry can be a life total savor! Serve it up with a hearty portion of salad or this crunchy Asian Slaw!
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Simply mix the ingredients in a bowl, and form the cakes. This recipe make two cakes. I normally use toasted bread crumbs as the binder, but feel free to experiment with gluten-free flours.
Here below is the Nordic version with dill and capers and a Creamy Dill Sauce.
I’ve also found that the quality of the canned salmon, does make a difference.
Serving the salmon cakes with a hearty portion of slaw is an easy fast way to add healthy nutritious veggies to a meal. Here’s the recipe for the Asian Slaw in the photos.
In the Asian-style Salmon cakes below I’ve added ginger and coated them in sesame seeds for a nice crispy crunch.
Use this the basic Salmon Cake recipe as a base for your own versions! Im excited to see what you create!
Quick and Easy Salmon Cakes
This recipe for Quick and Easy Salmon Cakes is designed for weeknight dinners when time is short. Of course fresh salmon always makes for a better salmon cake, but in a pinch, canned salmon, pulled from the pantry can be a life savor! Here are three variations – Asian Style, Mediterranean style and Nordic Style!
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 15
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 2
- Category: Main, Fish, Pantry
- Method: Stove top
- Cuisine: Northwest
Basic Salmon Cake Recipe ( see variations below)
- 1 can salmon ( 7-8 ounces), drained (or feel free to use leftover cooked salmon)
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon mayo (this makes for a lighter, fluffier and more bindable texture)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ -⅓ cup toasted bread crumbs like plain panko (ok to use GF) or flour
- 2 scallions, sliced
- generous pinch salt and pepper (about ⅛ teaspoon each – see notes)
Asian style : add 1-2 teaspoons ginger paste ( or finely chopped ginger) and 1/8 cup chopped cilantro
Mediterranean style : add 1 minced garlic clove, 1 teaspoon lemon zest and 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Nordic style : add 1 tablespoon capers and 1/8 cup chopped dill
- oil or butter for searing
Quick Creamy Sauce
- 2 tablespoons mayo
- 2 tablespoons sour cream or yogurt
- squeeze of lemon
- pinch salt and pepper
- 1-2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped ( or sub scallions, cilantro or Italian parsley)
Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl using a fork. Let stand 5-10 minutes.
If mixture seems too wet, add a little more bread crumbs ( up to 1/3 cup total)
Divide mixure into 2 larger cakes pressing together with your hands. If you like a crispy crust, dredge in more panko ( this is optional) or sesame seeds before searing.
Heat oil or butter ( or a mixture is nice) in a skillet over medium heat. Sear the salmon cakes for 4-5 minutes on each side until beautifully golden and slightly puffed.
Serve with the quick creamy sauce or on their own with a side salad.
Try to use unseasoned panko or bread crumbs. Seasoned panko seems to add an unsavory bitter taste.
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