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Secret Fresh Salmon Cakes


This salmon cake recipe uses fresh instead of canned salmon, and details step-by-step how to make salmon cakes.















1 pound salmon fillets
boneless, skinless
1 slice white bread
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
¼ cup onions
finely grated
2 tablespoons italian parsley
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 large eggs
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup bread crumbs
¼ cup peanut oil
or vegetable oil


A perfect salmon cake is tender, yet remains cohesive on the inside, and is crispy and golden brown on the outside. It doesn't fall apart and holds it's shape once cooked.

Ingredients for salmon cakes on a cutting board
Close-up of a crispy salmon cake

Using fresh salmon yields a better result than the canned salmon cakes found in many other recipes.

How do you make salmon cakes?

Chop the fresh salmon, using a sharp knife, into roughly 1/4 inch (5 mm) pieces.

Do not attempt to use a food processor as it can rapidly turn your salmon into mush. Chopping the fish by hand it not difficult, and doesn't take that much time.
Chopped fresh salmon
Finely chopped fresh bread crumbs

Cut the crusts off the bread slice and discard, and chop the remainder very finely.

Add the salmon, bread, flour, mayonnaise, onion, parsley, lemon juice, egg, and salt into a suitable mixing bowl and mix well.

Ingredients for salmon cake in stainless mixing bowl
Mixed salmon cake mixture

If the mixture seems too loose you may want to pop it in the freezer for around 10 minutes until it firms up slightly.

Scoop a 1/4 to 1/3 cup portion of the mixture out of the bowl, and gently (the mixture may be rather loose) press salmon cakes with bread crumbs shaping into a patty, approximately 2 to 3 inches in diameter.

Panko breadcrumbs coating the salmon cakes, ready to cook

Flip and press gently into the breadcrumbs, then transfer to a plate or baking sheet. Repeat until the all of the mixture has been formed into cakes.

Heat the oil, over medium-high heat, in a large skillet until shimmering hot but not smoking. Add the formed patties and cook until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip over with a spatula, and continue cooking until golden brown on the other side, about 2 minutes.

Golden brown fresh salmon cakes

Transfer to paper toweling to absorb any excess oil. Serve immediately.

This is the best salmon cake recipe that we've found to date.

How to serve salmon cakes? What sauce goes with salmon cakes? What to dip salmon cakes in?

Salmon cake with dipping sauce, serving suggestion

You can serve simply with lemon wedges. However, we like serving with this Creamy Herbed Lemon dipping sauce.

The dipping sauce should be made well ahead of time to allow the flavors to blend.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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United States

You left the egg off of ingredients list.

almost 5 years ago

Thanks for your comment. Just edited the recipe, and it should be 2 large eggs used in the recipe. Happy Cooking :)


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 184g (6.5 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 48355% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 45%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Sodium 604mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Sugars g
Protein 54g
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 7% Iron 12%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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