Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Salmon Cakes

Salmon Cake

I call these Salmon Cakes, others may call them Salmon Patties.  Some may have never had them at all.  I grew up with my mom making Salmon Cakes.  I loved them when I was younger and I still do.  You use canned salmon which is an excellent pantry staple to have on hand. 

My mom's recipe is very similar to mine.  I think we probably use all the same ingredients.  My dad always (and still does) made a big production while eating his salmon cakes.  He would sprinkle some lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and pepper on his salmon cakes sandwiched between saltines spread with mustard.  My husband did not grow up with salmon cakes so this is something I introduced him to.  He eats his with mustard and saltines. Must have gotten that idea from my dad.  I don't like to mess with all that stuff.  I like it fine just plain.  I only wish my 2 daughters would like salmon cakes so I could pass on this recipe when they get older.

Serve with yellow/brown rice, a salad or some other vegetable side dish.  Try some sauteed zucchini and yellow squash like I did above.  

Salmon Cakes
Recipe by Jamie from Mom's Cooking Club


1 (14.75 ounce) canned Alaska pink salmon
1 egg
1/2 cup Italian dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup onion - chopped fine (you can also substitute with chopped green onions)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
pepper - about 1/8 teaspoon or a couple turns of a pepper mill
1 tablespoon olive oil


Drain and reserve liquid from salmon.  Mix salmon, egg, bread crumbs, onion, mustard, garlic salt, lemon juice and pepper in a small bowl.  If the mixture feels dry, add some of the reserved liquid a little at a time.  The consistency should be somewhat moist and hold it's shape but not overly wet.  I always add some liquid to the mixture.  It keeps it moist and gives it extra flavor. 

Shape into patties.  You should get about 4-5 patties with this recipe.  Heat olive oil in pan over medium to medium-high heat.  Pan fry and brown salmon cakes for a few minutes before turning over and browning other side.  Drain on paper towels if needed.

4-5 servings


Mom's Cooking Club:  A very good website and source about canned salmon is Alaskaseafood.org.  It talks about the health benefits of canned salmon and has a variety of recipes using canned salmon.   


Jenny said...

Looks awesome Jamie! Bet they tasted incredible! Have a great day!

May Ling Wu said...

I made these too. I loved how easy they were. Thanks for sharing :)

Bridgett said...

What a great way to use salmon! I definitely want to try them as I am getting bored with the usual plank of salmon on the plate. You are so creative!

Patsyk said...

I grew up eating salmon cakes, too! I made a version from Ellie Krieger last year that my boys enjoyed quite a lot. I really should make them more often - so easy and a great way to get more fish into your diet!

bellini valli said...

You know I love salmon. I had a craving for mashed potatoes despite the stifling heat so there are plenty of leftover mash:D

Laura Everett said...

I have always loved salmon patties ! this recipe sounds pretty easy , so I will definitely try it . I eat salmon patties with either ketchup or cocktail sauce . never thought of trying mustard with it . will give that a try , too .

Adena (aka cre82learn) said...

Thanks for the recipe. I grew up on salmon cakes too but my mom never passed the recipe. She said she didn't have one, just threw stuff together. I came over to check out your Kids Cook Mondays series, I am going to start participating in that next week!! Your talapia looks great, and I have some that just defrosted in the fridge now!!

Aggie said...

Larry has mentioned your mom's salmon cakes before too! I haven't made them myself, at least I don't think I have! I will try these for Larry...I can totally see your dad eating them! Cute memory. :)

They look delicious!

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