Salmon Cakes

Total Time:
27 min
15 min
12 min

4 servings

  • Vegetable or canola oil, for frying
  • 3 (6-ounce) portions cooked salmon or 3 (6-ounce) cans salmon, drained well
  • 1 1/2 cups cracker meal
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 rounded teaspoons Old Bay seasoning blend
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 20 blades fresh chives, snipped or chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh dill, a handful, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper sauce
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • Salad greens
  • Coarse salt
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise or reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish

Heat a large, heavy skillet with 1 inch of frying oil over moderate heat.

Flake the cooked cooled salmon with a fork. Add cracker meal to the bowl and work through the fish with your hands. Add the eggs, seasoning, pepper, chives, dill, pepper sauce, and the zest of one lemon to the bowl. Combine the ingredients well with your hands. If the mixture is a little wet, add a bit more cracker meal. Form 3-inch patties of salmon cakes 1-inch thick. You should yield 8 to 10 cakes. Fry cakes until golden in a single layer 3 or 4 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towel lined plate.

Toss salad greens with coarse salt and the juice of the lemon you zested. Drizzle the greens with a little extra-virgin olive oil and re-toss the salad to coat.

Combine mayonnaise, chili sauce and relish in a small dish. To serve, place salmon cakes on a bed of baby greens, 2 cakes per person and top with chili mayonnaise sauce.

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    This was pretty good! Just a tad bit dry, so i squeezed some more lemon on the finished product. Tasty! FYI - The recipe states this feeds four. I used three cans of salmon and followed the recipe and this could have fed six or maybe even eight.
    These are awesome. I don't use the sauce recipe. I serve the patties on a bed of arugula drizzled with lemon and a little kosher salt.
    One of my all time favorites. I use leftover salmon. Instead of crackermeal, you can use panko. Based on other reviews I cut the old bay in half. I adjusted the panko/egg until it "felt right". The sauce is PERFECT for this, but if you really don't like spicy you won't like to sauce. It has a little kick to it. Here is my twist....Have it for breakfast. Poach or fry an egg, put the reheated salmon cake on top of toast or english muffin. Egg goes on top of salmon and cover with the sauce. I buy salmon just to have this breakfast.
    Made these last night. They were extremely dry and I didn't use the full quantity of cracker meal. The salmon was completely overpowered by the Old Bay and, given the spiciness they already had I can't imagine serving with the suggested sauce. Just HORRIBLE!
    OUTSTANDING! Made a few alterations: canned salmon, not fresh, bread crumbs instead of cracker meal (never heard of that, anyway, diced onion instead of chives, can never find Old Bay Seasoning so I used poultry seasoning, small bit of cayenne pepper in place of cayenne sauce, dried dill instead of fresh, and added a tablespoon of what I consider to be a "must add", capers. Mixed everything with a fork and the consistency was perfect for shaping. Wowie wow wow, so darn good. Very disappointed with the sauce the first time, though, didn't make it again. Had them instead with Veganaise which was the perfect complement. Delish.
    Salmon cakes get no better then this recipe! I made them for dinner this evening and the kids cleaned their plates, a rare occurrence, and were even wanting seconds! I broiled the cakes instead of frying...perfect.
    i'm 55 yrs young...been eating salmon cakes since i was a child...never ever have i tasted salmon cakes so delicious...the best i ever had...thanks Rachel...oh by the way, i dont normally like fish, but this was delicious!!!
    Omg!! I tried this recipe and did not like it at all... It was gross, but i don't really like fish so that is why.. My cats loved them.. So now i know what kind of homemade treats to make.for them... Love Rachels show and a ton of her recipes.. This one i just didn't like..
    This recipe is great
    So this recipe was delicious. We did not use the cayenne pepper sauce and we didn't have cracker meal. But we had some cheerios, so we crushed them and added them to the recipe.
    Can I add another star?!
    They are absolutely amazing!!
    Made them for my husband on his birthday, we loved them!
    I add scallops to the recipe and a bit of corn meal to the mix, just love it!
    Definetely will recommend them to my friends, and pass on the recipe!!
    I had a luncheon for a few family members. I tried your salmon cakes recipe for the first time, it was a total hit. My brother left my home with a copy of the recipe. I will certainly make it again. Ps I followed the recipe to the "T"
    This recipe has way too much cracker meal. You can't even taste the salmon and all that cracker meal, plus two large eggs makes for a pretty dense, heavy salmon cake. The other ingredient are flavorful, so if anyone wants to try this recipe, I would definitely only use one egg and maybe only a half a cup of cracker meal. The mayonnaise, relish etc. topping was fine.
    These cakes were great! Very easy too! The only thing I altered was the eggs. I only used one. It has been my experience with making any kind of fish cakes that they are usually too wet and fall apart, but one egg was PERFECT! They formed beautifally and stayed together, not to mention they were yummy!
    This dish is amazing, even my young kids love it. I changed it around the second time I made it with panko instead of corn meal, added red pepper flakes for added kick and used sweet relish when I couldn't find dill. Still a great dish......
    if I wanted to bake in the oven, how long would that be?
    Really good. I baked the patties in my toaster oven. Using what I had on hand I made a sauce of mayo, Mae Ploy sauce [sweet garlic chili sauce] , and minced sweet pickle. I used about 1/2 cup mayo and about 1/4 cup Mae Ploy. Was a delish sauce but didn't need the pickle.
    So delicious. Didn't have chives so I used green onion. So easy. Will make agian!
    I substituted dry dill, franks hot sauce and wheat-thins for the cracker meal. These were awesome
    Made these with broiled salmon, used panko bread crumbs, dried dill and 1/4 of a yellow onion because that is what I had on hand. Tasted wonderful!! I cooked them on an electric skillet so I didn't have to use any oil. Tasty and Healthy!!
    I have prepared this dinner three times now and it always turns out great. I am commenting on this because I want to remember this one in 3 or 4 months. Trust me if you follow the direction you shouldn't have a problem. I did double the recipe tonight so my teenagers could heat them up after school for a snack. Very GOOD
    I took the advice of others and watched my egg/bread crumb ratio. I had leftover baked salmon. It seemed a little moist so I started with one egg and added about 1/2 cup crumbs. After a little more of the bread crumbs it seemed good, so I added the veggies and herbs. They turned out perfectly. The combo of Old Bay and cayenne pepper was great. This is a great way to avoid wasting leftover salmon and good enough to make all the time. Thanks, Rachel.
    Using fresh not canned salmon in this recipe yielded the best salmon cakes ever! I subbed dry herbs and used ~1/2 the breadcrumbs with yummy results!
    Healthy & excellent recipe that is great for the grill.
    Okay, I didn't have any chives, cayenne pepper sauce, fresh dill, lemon, or cracker meal. Cracker meal? Never heard of it! But I had this wonderful left over cooked salmon - So this is what I did: Used a little cilantro instead of the chives, some chipotle & adobo sauce for the cayenne pepper sauce, just used plain bread crumbs for the cracker meal, and they STILL came out wonderful. Didn't have the full 18 ounces of salmon, either, so I just eyeballed everything to the right consistency and had enough to make 5. (Also just used 1 egg). Try these! They were probably better than anything I could get in a restaurant.
    These turned out perfect for me. I didn't have any Old Bay so I used paprika, garlic and onion powder, and a dash of lemon pepper instead. I also took Rachel's lead and eyeballed amounts of crackermeal and egg until I got the right consistency (similar to hambuger). Perhaps the people who had cakes that were too runny or dense didn't do this?
    I've made these Salmon cakes twice and they are always delicious and a crowd pleaser! It's a nice change from just having grilled salmon all the time, and the recipe couldn't be easier.
    These were a great midweek meal, quick and filling. I used one can of salmon and pretty much halved everything else, it made two perfect servings. Served over the greens with the remoulade on top, definitely looked restaurant ready. I highly recommend these!
    Best ever and hubby loved them too.
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