Salmon Cake Recipe

by Natalie on May 23, 2011

my salmon cakes

Many of us know and love crab cakes, but what about salmon cakes?? This recipe is a similar concept but instead using the omega-3 rich fish, salmon.

I love to make salmon cakes! They are so easy to make and taste great! Costco sells cans of wild, Alaskan Sockeye salmon at a reasonable price. We keep a few cans stocked in the pantry for times when we need to make a healthy meal in a snap!

For those of you who don’t like the taste of salmon, you may want to consider trying this recipe. I find that the strong salmon-y taste is masked in this recipe.

Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s are important to include in the diet because they help reduce inflammation in the body.  A growing body of evidence also suggests that omega-3’s may help prevent against cancer.

Salmon Cake Recipe

serves 2 (makes 4 small salmon cakes)

takes 5-10 minutes to prepare, 6 minutes to cook


  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 6 oz canned wild, Alaskan salmon (boneless, skinless)
  • 1/4 of a small onion chopped finely (about 2-3 Tbs)
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp dried tarragon (don’t skip this, soo good!)
  • pinch of dried dill
  • pinch of dried parsley
  • small squeeze of lemon if you have it
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbs bread crumbs or whole wheat flour


Put olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Combine all proceeding ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Stir until all ingredients are well combined. The mixture will feel very wet but not soupy.

Reach into bowl and grab a small handful of the mixture (1/4 cup should give you a good amount). Form into a patty with your hands and place directly into warmed skillet. Continue until all salmon mixture is used up.

Cook patties 2-3 minutes on each side. They should be lightly browned on each side. In the picture above, my patties appear very dark on each side. That is because of my not-so-great photography skills….


Serving Suggestions

These patties are wonderful by themselves or on top of a bed of greens. I decided to serve mine with wild rice and roasted broccoli. If you serve them with a salad, try sprinkling some capers on top!

QUESTION: what are your favorite “fish” cakes?? Leave a comment in the comments section below.



Melissa May 24, 2011 at 8:27 am

Great recipe! I made these once with fresh salmon. It was kind of sad blending up a fillet but they tasted fabulous. These were quick and easy to make, tasted delicious.

Natalie May 24, 2011 at 11:31 am

I have also used fresh salmon before and felt the same way! I do like using fresh salmon once in awhile but the canned salmon is just so much quicker!

Marilyn May 24, 2011 at 10:15 am

I will be eating this tonight. Never tried the tarragon before. Can not wait to try!

Natalie May 24, 2011 at 11:27 am

Let me know what you think!

Dana @ Budget Dietitian May 25, 2011 at 10:01 pm

I love crab cakes but haven’t tried salmon cakes yet. Thanks for the recipe!

Natalie May 26, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Your welcome! Hope you enjoy!

Melissa June 28, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Lauren and I just had your salmon cakes for dinner tonight and they were fantastic!

Natalie June 30, 2011 at 8:40 am

That’s wonderful!

Eating Seafood July 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Great salmon recipe! It’s great to see seafood such as this providing numerous health benefits! I’m sure our fans would greatly appreciate seeing this recipe and any more seafood recipies that you might have here at:
Thank you for sharing this great salmon recipe!

Kim Knight March 2, 2012 at 10:07 am

Thanks for the great recipe. I have read that canned salmon is actually better for you than fresh fillets because canned salmon is always wild caught and most fillets are farm raised and contain less nutrients and Omega-3. Is there any truth to this?

Natalie March 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Hi Kim, I am glad you enjoyed the recipe! Good question about the salmon. Although more convenient, it is not true that canned salmon is better for you. These days a lot of fresh salmon is farm-raised but you can find wild caught salmon in many grocery stores. Check the label on the package of the fish. Choose salmon that is wild caught from Alaska. Salmon from this area is low in environment contaminants and has quality regulations in place to protect the supply. It is true that farmed salmon is lower in omega-3’s. Hope this helps.Thank you for your comment.

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