These quick and easy Salmon Cakes are a snap-to-make, made with simple pantry ingredients that can be whipped up in 20 minutes, perfect for midweek meals. With a video!
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These easy Salmon Cakes made with simple pantry ingredients designed for busy weeknights, when time is short. Serve them up with a fresh salad, or crunchy slaw and dinner is ready! In addiditon to the basic Salmon Patty recipe, the recipe includes 3 different flavor variations – Asian-Style Salmon Cakes, Mediterranean Salmon Cakes and Nordic-style Salmon Cakes.
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What kind of salmon to use?
Of course fresh salmon always makes for the best salmon cakes, or even leftover salmon that has already been cooked- but in a pinch, a good quality canned wild salmon, pulled from the pantry can be a total lifesaver!
What you will need to make basic Salmon Patties:
- canned wild salmon (or sub leftover salmon)
- green onions (or sub red onions)
- panko or bread crumbs
- fresh herbs
- salt & pepper
How to make Salmon Cakes:
- Simply choose the variation of salmon cake you want to make and mix the ingredients in a large bowl.
- Form two cakes.
- Coat the cakes in panko or sesame seeds
How do you keep salmon cake patties from falling apart?
An egg and panko bread crumbs serve as the main binder here. A little mayo also helps. Feel free to experiment with gluten-free bread crumbs or even gluten-free flour. A flax egg will also work in a pinch, although I prefer the lightness the real egg gives the cakes.
Can salmon patties be made ahead of time?
Yes, salmon patties can be made ahead and be stored in the fridge, to pan sear later. Store on a paper towel. You can even pan-sear them ahead and either refrigerate or freeze.
Variations of Salmon Patties:
- Nordic Salmon Patties with dill and capers and a Creamy Dill Sauce. Shown above.
- Asian-style Salmon Patties with sesame seeds, ginger, cilantro and green onion. Shown below.
- Mediterranean-Style Salmon Patties with dijon mustard, lemon zest, garlic & herbs.
Once you make the salmon patties, I know that you will come up with your own creative variations!
Use this basic Salmon Cake recipe as a base for your own versions. I’m so excited to see what you create!
What to serve with Salmon Cakes:
- Easy Crunchy Asian Slaw
- Asian Cucumber Salad
- Lebanese Slaw (Salatet Malfouf)
- Mexican Slaw with Cilantro and Lime
- Everyday Kale Slaw (Vegan)
- Kohlrabi Slaw with Cilantro, Jalapeño and Lime
- Tzatziki Sauce
- Avocado Salad
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 lifesavor! Here are three variations – Asian Style, Mediterranean style, and Nordic Style!
Basic Salmon Patty Recipe (see variations below)
- 1 can wild 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 (or onion powder)
- ¼ –⅓ cup toasted bread crumbs like plain panko (ok to use GF)
- 1– 2 scallions, sliced (or sub 2–3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion)
- generous pinch salt and pepper (about ⅛ teaspoon each – see notes)
- olive oil for searing
- panko for coating
Salmon Patty Variations:
Asian-style: add 1-2 teaspoons ginger paste (or finely chopped ginger) and 1/8-1/4 cup chopped cilantro to the cakes. Add 1-2 tablespoons sesame seeds to the panko mixture. Serve with Asian Slaw or Asian Cucumber Salad.
Mediterranean-style: add 1 minced garlic clove, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1 teaspoon dijon mustard, and 2 tablespoons chopped parsley. Serve with Leafy green salad.
Nordic style: add 1 tablespoon capers and 1/8-1/4 cup chopped dill. Serve with a Quick Creamy Sauce (below).
Quick Creamy Sauce:
- Drain salmon well.
- Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl using a fork. Let stand 5-10 minutes.
- If the mixture seems wet, add a little more bread crumbs (up to 1/3 cup total)
- Divide mixture into 2 larger cakes pressing together with your hands. If you like a crispy crust, dredge in more panko and/or sesame seeds before searing. At this point you could refrigerate for later, laying on a paper towel.
- 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. (The puffed center tells you the egg is cooked through.)
- Serve with the suggested sides, the Quick Creamy Sauce or on their own with a side salad.
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