Salmon Cakes with Lemon-Caper Yogurt Sauce

Total Time:
55 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
20 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
6 to 8 salmon cakes
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Salmon:
  • 1 pound skinless salmon fillet (see Cook's Note)
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Patties:
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup (1/2-ounce) chopped fresh chives
  • 26 saltine crackers, crushed, divided
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise, plus more, as needed
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup full-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons capers, rinsed, drained and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions

Salmon: Put a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Drizzle the salmon with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill until the flesh is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork, about 6 to 8 minutes on each side. Set aside to cool for 20 minutes.

Patties: Using a fork, flake the salmon into 1/2-inch pieces and put into a medium bowl. Add the egg, chives, 1/2 of the crushed crackers, the corn, mustard, mayonnaise, capers, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Mix gently until just combined. Form the mixture into 2 1/2-inch diameter patties, about 3/4 inches thick. (If the mixture is too dry to form into patties, add extra mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon at a time,) Carefully coat the patties in the remaining crushed crackers and refrigerate for 1 hour. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil and butter over medium heat. Add the patties and cook until golden and crispy, about 7 to 8 minutes each side. Drain on paper towels.

Sauce: In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt, capers, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Arrange the salmon cakes on a platter and serve alongside the sauce.

The salmon can also be baked in a 350 degree F oven. Drizzle the salmon with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Put in a baking dish and bake until just cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes


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