Salmon Cakes

Total Time:
27 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
12 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 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
Directions

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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<span>I could not find cracker meal, even though I tried three stores, so I used one sleeve of saltines that had been crumbled in my blender. The recipe calls for two eggs, but the video calls for one. I used one and found the mixture too dry. The cakes did not hold together. </span><br /><br /><span>However, the flavors were good, my husband liked it, and we will try this one again--using two eggs.</span><br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these tonight with left over fresh salmon. I Loved them! Keeper :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so confusing. I watched the video first, then I read the recipe and it does not seem correct. In the video Rachel says…add one egg, the recipe lists 2 eggs and the chives were less in the video also. I had not confidence when making this tonight. But I juggled the recipe a little bit to reflect the video and list and they turned out ok. item not reviewed by moderator and published
IF YOU WANT TO CUT OUT THE CARBS, it can still be soooo good with only one modification! Replace the cracker meal with a combination of almond flour (or meal) and flaxseed meal. I did not measure it, but just kept adding until the salmon mixture seemed dry *enough* (still somewhat moist) to stick together in patties. My husband and I seriously LOVE this meal, and it is just as good without the carbs (we've cooked it both ways multiple times). item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Outstanding!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is great item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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" item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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...... item not reviewed by moderator and published
if I wanted to bake in the oven, how long would that be? item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So delicious. Didn't have chives so I used green onion. So easy. Will make agian! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I substituted dry dill, franks hot sauce and wheat-thins for the cracker meal. These were awesome item not reviewed by moderator and published
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!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
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 item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Healthy &amp; excellent recipe that is great for the grill. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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 &amp; 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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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? item not reviewed by moderator and published
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. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best ever and hubby loved them too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I rated this recipe low because of the amount of Cracker Meal called for in the recipe way entirely too much filler for what could be a delicious Salmon Cake, otherwise. I followed the recipe completely rather than adjust the amount of filler. I like to taste the Salmon, but it was lost in the filler. All of the other ingredients were great, especially the bed of lettuce with lemon juice and olive oil. I will try this recipe again, but will use very little Cracker Meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We really enjoyed this recipe. The variety of ingredients reduces the fishy taste that my husband usually dislikes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made this for my family! It was so wonderful! The tangy, freshness of the salad was a perfect compliment to the moist, delicious patties. Crispy on the outside and soft and yummy inside.Strong, but not overpowering at all. We didn't even need the sauce. Just every bite with the salad! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
There was much that I liked in this recipe: the red pepper and the chives were additions I don't normally make to salmon cakes (dill and lemon, I love). But I was little wary that this recipe seemed more like a crab cake mixture than a salmon cake, and I wish I had trusted my instincts. My first bites of these cakes were pleasing, but it went downhill as the Old Bay came to the fore. I'm new to Old Bay, and I love it with crab and shrimp. But it does not work well with salmon, and this recipe calls for a lot of it (2 teaspoons). Take out the Old Bay, and you have a great recipe. You could even sub a dash of nutmeg, if you want some spice background. Or, swap the salmon for crab, and you have great crab cakes. Could have been really good, but the Old Bay ruined it for me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really liked the chives and serving on lettuce...great for summer! I did add a few more herbs and topped with a mayo mustard sauce. Very easy and quick! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very simple and full of flavor. Everyone loved it. Will definitely be making this many times over. Thanks Rachel for making good food easy, quick, and above all, delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Especially easy &amp; a "Rachael Ray" delish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
the cakes tasted great and they were easy to make. i will make them again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
There was no way to enjoy the salmon with all the cracker meal used in this recipe. PASS!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
the outcome of this very simple recipe was really good. i'm sure i'll be serving this again if i have leftover salmon or salmon from a can. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cakes are perfect. Awesome taste! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very simple &amp; quite tasty. The chili sauce really gives the taste a boost item not reviewed by moderator and published
I enjoyed these very much. I add some fresh Rosemary &amp; Garlic. To this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these salmon cakes on a night when all I wanted to make was PB&amp;J. I was that tired, but my son asked for salmon cakes. They were so easy and so good. I used salmon in foil bags but they still tasted so fresh. I loved the salad that went with it. It was easy and simple and just delicous. The flavors blended nicely. My kids loved the chili sauce and mayo dressing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm not a big fan of fish cakes, never have been, and this recipe really doesn't do much to elevate their status by my taste. As far as fish cakes go, they stay together well and certainly brown up nicely. It's and attractive and filling dish. As a quick meal and as a change from chicken (a staple in our household), it was different. Not horrible. Not great. But a successful "method" recipe I'll keep in mind, should anyone ever actually request these for dinner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can't wait to try it with crab! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe and my husband keeps asking me to make it over and over, it's so so so easy and so good! I made it a weekly tradition! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These Salmon cakes turned out better than any i've made before! I really think that the crakermeal is the key. Most recipes call for bread crumbs and they always have a funny texture when pan-fried. Next time i make them though, im going to hold back a little on the crackermeal. I used exactly what it called for and they were just a little too dense. Thanks again Rachel, for a GREAT 30 min meal! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Recipe for salmon cakes was good outline. I poached salmon in white wine and water, old bay and bay leaf... I modified a bit to make it a bit more figure friendly. Added ground shrimp, 1/2 c of bread crumbs. Once cooked, I served over spinach salad with mushrooms, walnuts and cherries and 1 oz. of goat cheese. Will add this to my repertiore of salmon dishes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe had too much cracker meal and had very little salmon taste. In fact, it had very little flavor at all! I would reduce the cracker meal by 1/2 cup and increase the salmon by 6 oz. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I never would have tried canned salmon, but watching RR prepare these pushed me to do it. EASY and very good. Had leftovers the next day and they were as good. I'm planning to make these part of my regular work day suppers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved the salmon cakes and made sandwiches with the left overs - delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The only reason my fiance ate these was because he didnt want to insult me. Eventually I told him I thought they were gross and I wasnt eating them-- he agreed, we tossed them in the trash and ate salad and couscous for dinner. All's well that ends well-- and the couscous was delish, so we were fine :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for dinner last night and they were excellent. I do not like salmon, but my husband does so I split the recipe and made half of the cakes salmon and the other half tuna. We will definatley be adding this recipe to our frequently eaten meals. item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of our favorite dinners. Very easy to make and full of flavor! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These salmon cakes are fabolous. Everyone was raving about them. I used a different sauce though. Tzatziki sauce with a little lemon and alot of chili powder is wonderful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a great way to use leftover fish!!I really enjoyed these cakes. They were crispy and really flavorful. I served them on greens and roasted asparagus!! They were really easy and I am sure we will have them again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
First time making salmon cakes and I'm hooked on this easy and delicious recipe! Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Followed this recipe to the letter. Saw such positive comments that I wanted to try for myself. This turned out mushy and runny. Won't make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't have alot of time to cook but these cakes were easy, quick and absolutely delicious!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were delicious and very easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Crunchy on the outside, moist on the inside! Before, my salmon cakes came out mushy or burned. These are absolutley perfect and truly a 30 minute meal! Takes only 10 minutes to eat them though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Family loved it. Didn't have chili sauce so we added horseradish and a bit of ketschup. Very yummy with roasted zuchinni. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tonight we had these wonderful Salmon cakes. My husband and I thought they were the best we had ever eaten. The sauce was great too. I had all the ingredients except the lemon zest. GREEEAAATTT! Marilyn item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are terrific (I used one whole egg in salmon .. "worked" just fine). The salad complements the salmon to a "T". I doubled &amp; served to women friends for lunch. Didn't prepare scones (this time); served mini orange-date muffins from "bread" recipe on this site. NOTE to 2 of the reviewers: the bones should be crushed &amp; mixed in -they are A GOOD SOURCE OF CALCIUM. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a 10 Star recipe!!! My entire family loved it. I can't wait to make it for friends. The sauce was especially a key ingredient to this successful dish. Rachel, you've done it again. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought these were really great and very easy to make. I think next time I will add a little more old bay and tabasco to them just to make them a bit more spicier. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I loved it, very tasty. Next time I would use only half the cracker meal, it was a little dry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are some of the best salmon cakes I have ever had. My mom used to make them when I was kid, but these beat the pants off of those. (Sorry mom!) I loved the hot and spicy of the salmon cakes and the cool and refreshing flavor of the citrus salad. I may even spice the cakes up just one more notch next time. Thanks Rachael for another hit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The are the best salmon cakes ever! Every mouthful is bursting with yummy flavors. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband doesn't like salmon and wasn't happy when I told him I was cooking this meal. Turns out, he loved it! Finally, a way to get him eat fish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are very yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
so fast and easy to make. my husband hates salmon, but he liked these cakes. even better the next day item not reviewed by moderator and published
My girlfriends are STILL talking about these salmon cakes and it has been almost a week since I made them. All the ingredients work beautifully together. *Note - instead of plating with greens, I plated with a chipotle sauce that I made to give it a Southwest kick. Made the sauce by using a bottled chipotle marinade/sauce and mixed in a 1/4 c. sour cream, 1/4 c. mayo and 2 tablespoons water. I heated this through and served warm. Just LOVELY! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Terrific. Sionce we are on a low fat diet, I sprayed cakes with EVOO and baked 350" for 10 -15 min. Have also made it in a lightly oiled loaf pan and baked 375' for 30 min item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I enjoyed this. I recall my mother making salmon patties(what she called them) and I disliked them. So its true as we get older the taste buds change! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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