These salmon cakes are crisp on the outside with tasty bites of flaked salmon. They always disappear fast! SUPER EASY and truly delicious salmon cakes! | natashaskitchen.com

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These salmon cakes are crisp on the outside with tasty bites of flaked salmon – YUMM!! It’s mostly salmon which makes every bite such a treat! These salmon cakes always disappear fast and are well loved by the kids and grown ups in our family. I love that there isn’t a hint of fishiness in them.

It’s a smart way to use up leftover cooked salmon, but it’s worth the extra 10 minutes it takes to roast salmon just for this recipe. These salmon patties are THAT GOOD! p.s. You can also use well-drained packaged or canned salmon if that’s what you have on hand.

Make sure to serve with this homemade tartar sauce – it’s the easiest sauce to make, keeps well in the fridge, and once you try homemade, there’s just no going back to the store-bought muck. The same goes for these salmon cakes – they are truly delicious!

These salmon cakes are crisp on the outside with tasty bites of flaked salmon. They always disappear fast! SUPER EASY and truly delicious salmon cakes! | natashaskitchen.com

Ingredients for Salmon Cakes:

1 lb fresh salmon filet*
Garlic Salt – I use Lawry’s brand
Black Pepper
Olive Oil
1 medium onion (1 cup finely diced)
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
1 cup Panko bread crumbs (Japanese Style crumbs)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 Tbsp mayo
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

These salmon cakes are crisp on the outside with tasty bites of flaked salmon. They always disappear fast! SUPER EASY and truly delicious salmon cakes! | natashaskitchen.com

*Note: Fresh salmon is best, but it can be substituted with leftover cooked salmon, or 14-15 oz of well-drained canned salmon, or three 5 oz salmon packets. If mixture is too moist to hold the patty shape, add more bread crumbs and if it is too dry, add an extra Tablespoon of mayo.

Watch How To Make Salmon Patties:

How To Make Salmon Cakes (Salmon Patties):

1. Preheat Oven to 425˚F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or a silpat. Place salmon skin-side down, brush with olive oil and season with garlic salt and black pepper.

Bake uncovered for 10-15 min or just until cooked through (my thinner cut wild salmon was closer to 10 minutes). Remove from oven, cover with foil and rest ten minutes. Discard skin, flake salmon with forks, remove any bones, and cool to room temp while prepping remaining ingredients.

These salmon cakes are crisp on the outside with tasty bites of flaked salmon. They always disappear fast! SUPER EASY and truly delicious salmon cakes! | natashaskitchen.com

2. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 Tbsp butter and finely diced onion and bell pepper. Saute until softened and golden (7-9 minutes) then remove from heat.

Two photos of red peppers and onions being sautéed

3. In a large mixing bowl, combine cooled flaked salmon, sautéed onion and pepper, 1 cup bread crumbs, 2 beaten eggs, 3 Tbsp mayo, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, and 1/4 cup fresh parsley. Stir to combine then form into 13-14 patties. I find it’s easiest to portion the patties using a flat ice cream scoop then pressing them into 1/3 to 1/2″ thick patties.

These salmon cakes are crisp on the outside with tasty bites of flaked salmon. They always disappear fast! SUPER EASY and truly delicious salmon cakes! | natashaskitchen.com

These salmon cakes are crisp on the outside with tasty bites of flaked salmon. They always disappear fast! SUPER EASY and truly delicious salmon cakes! | natashaskitchen.com

4. Heat 1 Tbsp oil and 1 Tbsp butter in a large pan over medium heat and once butter is done sizzling, add half of the salmon cakes and sauté 3 1/2 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked through.

If salmon cakes brown too quickly, reduce heat. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate. Add remaining 1 Tbsp oil and 1 Tbsp butter and repeat cooking remaining salmon cakes.

These salmon cakes are crisp on the outside with tasty bites of flaked salmon. They always disappear fast! SUPER EASY and truly delicious salmon cakes! | natashaskitchen.com

These salmon cakes are crisp on the outside with tasty bites of flaked salmon. They always disappear fast! SUPER EASY and truly delicious salmon cakes! | natashaskitchen.com

I can’t get enough of those big flakes of salmon! Major Cravings for salmon cakes with homemade tartar sauce right now. Hands down, these are the best salmon cakes I’ve ever tried and they are so easy!

These salmon cakes are crisp on the outside with tasty bites of flaked salmon. They always disappear fast! SUPER EASY and truly delicious salmon cakes! | natashaskitchen.com

P.S. If you love this recipe and salmon in general, our famous baked salmon is a must try!

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Salmon Cakes Recipe (Salmon Patties)

4.99 from 664 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
These salmon cakes are crisp on the outside with flavorful bites of flaked salmon and they always disappear fast! Make sure to serve with our homemade tartar sauce.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 13 to 14 salmon cakes

Instructions

  • Preheat Oven to 425˚F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or a silpat. Place salmon skin-side down, brush with olive oil and season with garlic salt and black pepper. Bake uncovered for 10-15 min or just until cooked through (my thinner cut salmon was closer to 10 min). Remove from oven, cover with foil and rest ten minutes. Discard skin, flake salmon with forks, remove any bones, and cool to room temp.
  • Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 Tbsp butter and finely diced onion and bell pepper. Saute until softened and golden (7-9 minutes) then remove from heat.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine cooled flaked salmon, sautéed onion and pepper, 1 cup bread crumbs, 2 beaten eggs, 3 Tbsp mayo, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, and 1/4 cup fresh parsley. Stir to combine then form into 13-14 patties. It's easy to portion patties using a flat ice cream scoop then pressing them into 1/3 to 1/2" thick patties.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp oil and 1 Tbsp butter in a large pan over medium heat and once butter is done sizzling, add half of the salmon cakes and sauté 3 1/2 to 4 min per side or until golden brown and cooked through. If salmon cakes brown too quickly, reduce heat. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate. Add remaining 1 Tbsp oil and 1 Tbsp butter and repeat cooking remaining salmon cakes.

Notes

*Note: Fresh salmon is best, but it can be substituted with leftover cooked salmon, or 14-15 oz of well-drained canned salmon, or three 5 oz salmon packets. If mixture is too moist to hold the patty shape, add more bread crumbs and if it is too dry, add an extra Tablespoon of mayo.

Nutrition Per Serving

157kcal Calories5g Carbs9g Protein11g Fat3g Saturated Fat53mg Cholesterol175mg Sodium221mg Potassium1g Fiber1g Sugar373IU Vitamin A8mg Vitamin C21mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Salmon Cakes Recipe (Salmon Patties)
Amount per Serving
Calories
157
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
11
g
17
%
Saturated Fat
 
3
g
19
%
Cholesterol
 
53
mg
18
%
Sodium
 
175
mg
8
%
Potassium
 
221
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
5
g
2
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
9
g
18
%
Vitamin A
 
373
IU
7
%
Vitamin C
 
8
mg
10
%
Calcium
 
21
mg
2
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: salmon cakes
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 157

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  • Daniel Scallon
    February 17, 2024

    I’ve always been a fan of salmon cakes and this is the recipe I keep going back to.

    I usually tweak it by buying salmon and baking it, adding some fish sauce and other seasonings, but other wise it is the best I’ve tried.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 17, 2024

      Hi Daniel! That’s great to hear. Thank you for the feedback.

      Reply

  • Tia
    February 2, 2024

    I tried this recipe step by step and the salmon cakes kept falling apart everytime I tried to flip them over. Do you have any idea why this happened?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 2, 2024

      Hi Tia! We’ve always used this exact recipe and they never fall apart but if the mixture is too moist to hold the patty shape, add more bread crumbs and if it is too dry, add an extra Tablespoon of mayo. Also, pack them nice and tight to help them stay together. I hope that helps!

      Reply

      • Laura
        February 29, 2024

        Holy Cow…um…Salmon!! 😋🦈😋

        just mixed these up for dinner using leftover BBQ wild salmon from 2 nights ago.

        I’m allergic to bell peppers and after mixing everything else together and tasting, I decided it was missing that zing a bell pepper would have given, so added a dash of Mccormick Chipotle Steak Seasoning. Perfection!!!

        I have a dozen pattied up and ready to cook for dinner tonight.
        It all looked so good, I couldn’t resist and since my pan was already buttered from the onions, I popped a taster patty in for me! Wow!!! Sooooo good!! Can’t wait for dinner!!!

        How would these do with freezing (not browned)? Thinking this might be a great quick supper for days I’m running short of energy or time. Thaw, brown and throw on a plate beside a ceasar salad. Your thoughts?? Thanks so much

        Laura

        Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          February 29, 2024

          Asesome! I’m so glad that you loved it! I haven’t tried freezing this to advise.

          Reply

  • Carla @ Foodie Digital
    January 27, 2024

    I didn’t quite have enough leftover baked salmon for this recipe so I added a can of high quality sockeye and it turned out beautifully. The whole family devoured these (even my daughter who doesn’t love the taste of mayo). These would be delicious topped with a fried egg for brunch too.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 28, 2024

      That’s great, Carla! So glad they were a hit with the family!

      Reply

    • Alex
      February 19, 2024

      Thanks so much for your comment,I was wanting to know if I could do that ( fresh w/canned) and you answered my question! ‘

      Reply

  • SUSAN AMADIO
    January 26, 2024

    I left a review and comment but forgot, to add due to dietary restrictions, omitted the bell pepper,. Love your recipes.

    Reply

  • SUSAN AMADIO
    January 26, 2024

    First time making with fresh salmon, (that my son caught), wow what a difference. I added 1 tblsp of chopped capers, some tarragon and dill. Came out delicious. Everyone liked them even the teens lol. Thank you for a great recipe.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 26, 2024

      Thank you, Susan! I’m so glad you loved it.

      Reply

  • Stacy
    January 26, 2024

    Made these with Almond meal instead of bread crumbs to accommodate our keto diet. Very good.

    Reply

  • Dee
    January 21, 2024

    Salmon patties are fantastic!
    I do need clarification on what a serving size is for the 157 calorie count

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 21, 2024

      Glad you enjoyed it! This recipe makes 13-14 Salmon Cakes (depending on how large you make them) and the nutrition facts listed are for 1 serving. So glad you enjoy my recipes, thank you! 🙂

      Reply

  • Auguste
    January 20, 2024

    Amazing recipe for leftover salmon! Used greek yogurt instead of mayo and loved it.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 20, 2024

      That’s so great! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Auguste!

      Reply

  • Dale Lesperance
    January 14, 2024

    great recipe. used left over cooked salmon. totally a hit.
    bringing them for our next potluck.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 14, 2024

      That’s great, Dale!

      Reply

  • Linda
    January 14, 2024

    This is excellent Natasha! Bought salmon filets, actually shipped to me and they were a disappointment regarding fresh taste. I used this recipe and we are so pleased. Will use as our patty recipe❣️ Thanks

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 14, 2024

      Hi Linda! I’m so glad you loved this recipe. Thank you.

      Reply

  • Neva
    January 8, 2024

    I have made these salmon cakes so many times since finding your recipe! Usually with a good canned salmon (always onhand), sometimes with roasted red peppers in a jar and dried parsley instead of fresh. Regardless, the comination of flavors in this recipe never fails to please! Many, many thanks to you, Natasha! ❤️🤗

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 8, 2024

      That sounds wonderful, Neva!

      Reply

  • Alice MacArthur
    January 7, 2024

    My husband and I went Salmon fishing this past year and came back with 6 huge Salmon…what to do with all that wonderful, fresh Salmon??? Found this recipe and it turned out exactly as the pictures look!!! They are so delicious!!!! They are now a staple for dinner at lease 2x’s month…every time we give some Salmon filets to a friend, we always include a copy of this recipe!!!!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 8, 2024

      Wow, that’s great that you caught six huge salmon! It sounds like you found a great way to use the fresh salmon with this recipe. I’m glad to hear that the patties turned out delicious and have become a staple in your dinner rotation.

      Reply

  • Nina
    January 7, 2024

    I made these with lightly smoked leftover salmon and they were fantastic!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 7, 2024

      Sounds great, Nina! Thanks for sharing.

      Reply

  • Joe
    January 4, 2024

    Wonderful recipe. I added a bit of our Local “El Fuego”, hot sauce into the mix and left out the onions. Wonderful, thank you Natasha. PS too many adds to click through, Not very user friendly. Joe

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 5, 2024

      Thanks for your feedback and review, Joe. Glad that you enjoyed this recipe with hot sauce.

      Reply

  • Dee
    December 27, 2023

    Can these be served at room temperature? Would like to make them as part of a cold luncheon buffet.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 27, 2023

      Hi Dee, while we prefer these hot, these can be served hot or cold and they taste delicious. I hope you love this recipe.

      Reply

  • Diana Cornacchia
    December 14, 2023

    Fantastic salmon cakes! So easy to make and so so yummy! I had a little sweet spicy Thai chili on the side which married great with the cakes. Thanks Natasha!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 15, 2023

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Diane
    December 10, 2023

    Hi
    Can I make these ahead and reheat the next day?
    Thank you

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 10, 2023

      Hi Diane, these reheat well.

      Reply

  • Kelly
    December 8, 2023

    So, I was gonna make a sandwich for dinner, but I had just picked up some salmon on sale. So glad I didn’t make the sandwich😀. These are terrific.
    Gonna set some up for the freezer.
    Another Natasha winner.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 8, 2023

      That’s great to hear, Kelly! Thanks so much for sharing.

      Reply

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